Map Key to Marymount

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Since the school year has just kicked-off and will officially consume my life for the next nine months, I figure I'm going to be doing a lot of writing on the subject. And so you know who and what I'm referring to, when it comes up, I'm writing a "map key" to Marymount-- a quick user's guide to the people who I spend more time with than my husband.

Dr. Wong: the head of the PT department; my Research Principles and Design professor; teaches all classes involving research quality, research design, statistics, etc... It's a shame because she's a nice woman, but she teaches a dry (to say the least) subject matter, so you're never all that excited to be on your way to one of her classes. And you're never without coffee.

Diana: the professor who arranges all of our clinical affiliations; my Physical Agents & Electrotherapeutics (aka Modalities) professor. This is the first class we've had with her and she's a lot funnier than any of us expected her to be! She seems very laid back and fair about things. I'll let you know if my opinion changes.

Jason: the spinal and peripheral orthapedics professor; the Irish one (who talks funny). Super organized (he gave us a cd on the first day of class with everything we'd need for the semester- I immediately liked him.), laid back, funny. His class is our most practical one, easy to get through (in terms of paying attention). His labs are the ones we're always half dressed in, grinding our elbows into each other's backsides. His class is usually most fun, but we'll probably worry most about his tests, as well.

And here's the breakdown of our class, the Class of 2010.

The Smart Kids: the ones that score 96s on every exam; the ones who always raise their hands in lecture to ask how the latest concept compares to the research article they leisurely read over the weekend; the ones who always have a defense for a professor, regardless of the issue at hand; the ones who act like they don't have a clue of what was just taught either, but really read the whole chapter before lecture.

The Normal Kids: the ones who go home when class is over; the ones who didn't miss an episode of Grey's Anatomy last year; the ones who sometimes score 79s, sometimes 96s, but usually somewhere in between; the ones who don't go to office hours to fight for an extra 2 points because it's not that big of a deal; the ones who might recognize a moment of unfairness, but get over it and move on.

The Complainers: the ones who are ready and looking for a fight; the ones who still complain about tests given two semesters ago; the ones who are obnoxiously loud when they're upset and feel the need to share every grievance with every student in the computer lab; the ones who threaten to sue the school.

For the most part, our class is mostly comprised of Normal Kids, but the Complainers and the Smart Kids are the outliers on the bell curve. We're all sincere in our studies, in our desire to become PTs, and in our desires to help people in need. We have all worked hard to survive the program and earn our keep, but there are still fairly defined groups within us. That's just how it is...

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