Goodbye, Midwestern U

Today was my last day at Midwestern U!  It was really anticlimactic.  I had only two things to do:

1)  Ochem II lab final – needed a 16% to get credit for med school and a 99% to get what would be considered a “good” final grade.  I crammed hard for this one and really felt like I aced it.  I probably would have bet $50 that I got an A on that final.

2)  Print out a lab report I finished last week for Cell Bio lab, turn it in.

Failed at both.  Someone remind me why Metropolis Med let me in?  I’m going to pretend it’s because of my witty conversation and excellent choice of interview suit.

So, yeah, turns out that I got a 70% on that final, and didn’t remember to e-mail the lab report to myself this morning.  I sat at that library computer for a few minutes before I realized I would have to go all the way back home and back to campus again.   Still, even with that 70% on the final (which really isn’t that bad – it’s just that I could’ve sworn I rocked it out with an A) I apparently still got an undeservedly decent grade in the class.  (It’s a curved class, so I’m not sure if this is an example of mob-senioritis or just a deceptively hard test.  Maybe grade inflation.)

But that lab report wasn’t as good as I seem to remember it was when I finished writing it at 3am last week.  In fact, it kind of sucked.

Still, after considering it, I realized that it would be way too much effort to fix the holes I had left, so I just turned it in anyway. (I mean, we had a molecular weight marker standard that was for proteins and measured in kDa.. How the hell do I use kDa to compare the DNA fragments size in basepairs? The answer is I don’t, because that would take me on a long trip down PubMed Road on very little sleep. “It is apparent from an analysis of Figure 2 that the DNA fragments were indeed close to the nucleosome-cleaved lengths of 180bp” is weasel cheater science, but oh well.)

Thus ends the era of undergraduate weasel cheater science.  It’s too bad, because I’ve really honed this art in my prereq classes (“Because… sterics.” is an excellent answer for most anything in Organic Chemistry.  If that doesn’t cut it, you can add in, “.. of the transition state” and be virtually guaranteed some sort of credit.), but I hear that in medicine this is just called incompetence and malpractice.

Luckily, I have the whole summer to get my focus back before Metropolis Med this fall.  Hooray!

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