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Since: 01-29-05
From: New Zealand

Since last post: 3939 days
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Posted on 04-16-12 04:47 PM Link | Quote
I don't know who to talk to or what I really want (advice, motivation, encouragement… anything). Recap: I currently live in New Zealand, I'm taking four science classes: Biology of Cells, Biology of Animals, Organic Chemistry and Physics for Life Sciences. I have to pass these courses with A's to be able to get into the vet programme.

I'm not sure I am able to finish out this pre-vet programme semester. It's just way too much for me, I think. Luckily here, 51% is a passing mark. Otherwise, I'd be failing miserably. I kind of already am in physics. This is a first… I've never gotten grades so low in my life. I feel like it's too much.

I think I can drop one of my classes and still be allowed to study in this country. I am thinking that one class should be physics.

I'm just so stressed out, and I can't keep on top of my classes. I can't sleep, I've no appetite… I can't even focus on my textbook or study materials! It's really a terrible feeling, and all I want to do is curl up under the bedcovers and hide.

I do have alternate plans of study. I don't think I can handle the stress of vet school, if I can't handle this first semester. Though I really think this first semester is insane… I somehow have to pull off straight A's to get in, practically. Who am I kidding, I'm not that… dedicated? I don't know.

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Since: 08-15-04
From: Ferelden

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Posted on 04-16-12 11:51 PM Link | Quote
If you can drop the one class to save your sanity, do it. If not, well, it's just time to hunker down. I assume the education system there is different enough that you just haven't adapted to it yet, and that isn't going to be true forever. Is school your only cause of stress? I am sure that uprooting yourself to a new country has had some effect... I know I got stressed just moving from California to Pennsylvania so I can only imagine what it's been like for you.


Since: 01-29-05
From: New Zealand

Since last post: 3939 days
Last activity: 3553 days
Posted on 04-17-12 03:08 AM Link | Quote
I actually made an enquiry to have a counselling session… That should be next week. I spoke with an international student support person and she suggested that I talk to the department head about more tutoring… which I would have to pay for. It doesn't seem worth it to me. The person thinks I should really try harder in the class and not drop it, because she thinks it's possible I may need it for whatever other degree programme I choose. Which I don't think I will. I'm going to talk to my academic supervisor and the financial aid lady to make sure that I can still get funding and everything if I switch my major.

Surprisingly… Moving here by itself isn't stressful or difficult for me at all. It felt like the most natural thing in the world. I had more issues when I moved from California to Northern Idaho. *shrugs* I'm weird like that. I adapted to Germany quite easily as well. America is… weird. lol.

Hopefully removing physics from my life will save my sanity. Here's hoping. *raises glass*
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