#31 Thanksgiving Break: Academic and Personal Update

It has been a very long and difficult semester but, Thanksgiving break is finally here! Thanksgiving break for students is like the calm before the storm. After a few months of hectic studying and perfecting assignments, you finally get a chance to go home with your family for about half a week and enjoy yourself. However, when you come back it is the worst part of the entire semester, finals. December is the month in which you begin to wrap up your class material and begin to write your final papers and study for your final tests. Right before Thanksgiving break is very similar. Many professors try to cram in tests and material so that you don’t have work over the break. This post will summarize where I am at in the semester and how I am feeling academically and personally.

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It is currently Wednesday, November 17, 2021, and for the last four or five days, I have been finishing and cramming all my work and studies. For my main two courses (Human Physiology & Biochemistry), I have already had two exams per class, all of which I have proudly got A’s on. This week before Thanksgiving break, I have my third and final exam for both of these classes before the final exam. The human Physiology exam is mostly on the circulatory system, heart, blood, and neuron pathways. I have this test on Friday of this week and feel extremely confident about it. The test I am somewhat scared of is Biochemistry. This test is on 4 chapters and we have only done about 2 of them. This is leaving me in a situation where I am teaching myself a lot of information while trying to study for Human Physiology and do work for my other 2 classes. I plan on doing most of the work on Friday after my test and over the weekend. I am somewhat scared but am staying confident that I will do well.


In general, this semester has been going well for me and I am very happy. My personal and formal relationships with my friends, family and professors have been really enjoyable. I am currently looking into graduate schools and finalizing my classes for my last semester of Junior year and Senior year to graduate. Overall, I cannot complain and am just happy to be in school with my friends doing well.
Comment below what you are doing for Thanksgiving and if you are a student feeling stress before the break.

Penguins

Penguins are one of the most loved animals in the world. Their small features and funny personality make them loved by many. Penguins are actually a group of birds as some people might know. Their wings/arms were an exaptation from avian birds in their ancestry. Their wings slowly evolved from being used for flight to being used for gliding and directing themselves through the water. Some of the fastest penguins in the world at called Gentoo Penguins and can swim up to 23 mph. That is faster than we can run on the ground!!

One of the most amazing things that we love penguins for is that penguins fall in love with other penguins. When choosing a partner they are picked for life! It is almost like humans are falling in love in the coldest place on Earth.

Penguins live mostly in the southern hemisphere and do not always live in cold places. Penguins can be found as north as the Galapagos islands, almost right on the equator! However, it is sad to say that if you live in the northern hemisphere you will not be seeing any native penguins

Anteater

The anteater is a vacuum of nature. Their long mouths with no teeth hover over the ground swallowing all ants and small insects in their path. This animal has adapted to be a black hole to small organisms on the ground of central and South America.

Their tongues are extremely long, reaching lengths of over 2 feet! This long tongue, covered in spike, can reach down into narrow and deep holes to find its prey. One of the things you might not think this animal can do is run. In fact, most of the time these mammals shuffle along the floor at a leisurely pace. However, if scared they can reach speeds of 30 mph!! So if you ever scare an anteater, just know they can catch you.