When I put last semester’s review books away today, I took out the microbiology and immunology books. Then I thought, “Hey, as long as I have to do the required pre-reading anyway -” and opened one.
There are entire pages where I can’t make out recognizeable words. I mean, what is this? Is it even gramatically correct? Are these nouns?
“Diphtheria (and exotoxin) caused by cornebacterium diphtheriae via exotoxin encoded by B-prophage. Potent exotoxin inhibits protein synthesis via ADP ribosylation of EF-2. Symptoms include psuedomembranous pharyngitis with lymphadenopathy.”
So I thought, oh well – sure, that sounds made-up to me, and sure, the volume of information is crazy compared to first semester, but we’re all in this together* and – oh, hey, check out the syllabus – the failing point is 1.5 standard devs below the average.
Now, just out of curiosity – why do schools do this? It’s no longer “can you learn 70% of the material”, but instead it’s “can you beat out at least 13% of your other classmates?”** My classmates are smart people, and I’m at a P/F, unranked school in part because I don’t particularly care to be in any science contests with them. While these people were out winning national science competitions, I was at a public elementary school getting good grades just for being socially appropriate and not like, biting anyone.
Anyway, instead of pre-studying I put the book away and ate spaghetti for breakfast. Still, I do think I need to figure out a new study plan for next semester. I don’t think Metropolis Med will be giving me any extra credit for not biting people.
* Wait, hold on. High School Musical flashback.
** Also, 13% of people will fail? What is this, law school?