November 5, 2010 - 3:00 PM
This was definitely the most difficult week of the term so far. Thankfully, it's now 3 PM on Friday and midterm "Hell Week" as my friends and I like to call it, is officially behind me. This term I'm taking two science classes, Human Physiology 101: Exercise as Medicine, and Geography 141: The Natural Environment. Although studying wind patterns and muscle function is not my cup of tea, I need to take four science classes to graduate so I tried to pick ones that were interesting and would apply to my career aspirations.
Last Monday, I had my Human Phys midterm on the structure and functions of the lungs and heart, and how exercise impacts these systems. Now we're headed into learning about a physiological phenomenon called the Female Athlete triad. Although I absolutely despise 8AM lectures, my professor keeps the class engaged by bringing in relevant film clips and guest lectures. Early next week, we have a professor hailing from the Women's Studies department to talk about gender and professional sports. I'm looking forward to hearing what she has to say, especially from a more academic perspective. If anything, taking this class has definitely made me want to exercise more than I already do, and feel a good kind of guilt on the weeks when I don't walk at least two miles around the Rec Center's indoor track a few days a week.
As soon as my Human Phys midterm was finished, I dove head first into studying for my Intro to PPPM midterm, which was yesterday. Wow, by the end of that test my hand felt like it was going to fall off, and that was with time and a half testing accommodations! Long story short, I'm pretty sure I churned out about ten pages worth of study guides this week. For now, I'm going to just take a deep breath, and get excited for my mom's visit. Hopefully, she will bring some Bay Area sunshine with her. After such an exhausting week, a little sun would be quite the treat.