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Ok, so I made it through my first round of exams last week, and now I have to begin preparing for round 2! AHHH! The good news is, they really are not too bad if you are prepared. I have found that studying a little bit everyday has been the best mode of attack.

One thing I know is-I am so glad I went to Millikin where the majority of the tests I had were short answer/essay. The students that only had scantron/multiple choice tests are struggling with questions that require you to diagram and explain complex processes-rather than choose an answer that has a 25% chance of being right. The two modes of test taking are completely different, and also require you to study completely differently. If you are considering graduate school in the field of science-be prepared to study in such a way that allows you to understand concepts in full detail. Also, I constantly have to remind myself to think like a graduate student-I am not going to be asked to regurgitate the process of mitosis anymore. Something that is more likely to be asked of me is "Describe how misregulation of the cell cycle can lead to disease; what is the significance of phosphorylation and ubiquitination in cell cycle regulation and what are some opportunities for research in this area?" Questions that require you to incorporate multiple concepts into a single answer are pretty common. I find that drawing out the concepts/processes in my notebook from memory is the best way for me to understand them. This way-I actually train my brain to visualize what is going on-making it much easier to describe during a stressful situation like an exam.

If there are any of you that are considering graduate school in the medical sciences-please feel free to contact me with any questions! I certainly remember the feeling of being lost at sea when searching
schools, programs, etc. I may have some "I wish I would have known that when I was applying" pearls of wisdoms that could save you some time!

Lauren Bringman

P.S. Millikin Homecoming is a godsend! I cannot wait to catch up with everyone-and get a break from the grind! See you there!
Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL