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Re: See Me In CT - Babushka's Rad Journey Through Radiography
« Reply #30 on: September 30, 2017, 07:53:17 pm »
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haha thanks for understanding! exams be killing me rn :/
GOOD LUCK! Wishing you all the very best for your exams!

might see you in the industry some time ;)

Never know - It is after all a small world ;)

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« Reply #31 on: October 02, 2017, 07:06:47 pm »
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GOOD LUCK! Wishing you all the very best for your exams!
 
Never know - It is after all a small world ;)

thank you so much xx

Update-
So generally stressing out like crazy and it's killing me right about now..
Starting exams on Wednesday and I still don't know my exam timetable rip. First exam only worth 35% but I understand nothing of the 15 physics lectures I've had this semester, half of which I didn't even go to. Someone explain to me poisson statistics and roc curves and the psf and lsf  :'( :'( :'(
Positioning is going okay but there's not shoulder practice questions and I struggle with all the SI/IS, glenoid/grashey and garth shit omg there's so much and I didn't even know scapula imaging existed until this morning rip. Anyway that's enough ranting about that, I need to sort out the technique shit tonight and review physics tomorrow and bullshit the rest  :-[

THEN need to get on to biology because that's literally 30 pathology lecture and I'm drowning in my own tears just thinking about that. can we not even talk about the vertebral anatomy or spinal, cardiovascular and respiratory physiology that is also going to kill me  :-\

Honestly cannot wait for this week to just end already, then just two more  ??? ??? rip if i dont survive i love you all stay blessed xoxo
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Re: See Me In CT - Babushka's Rad Journey Through Radiography
« Reply #32 on: October 02, 2017, 09:01:28 pm »
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thank you so much xx

Update-
So generally stressing out like crazy and it's killing me right about now..
Starting exams on Wednesday and I still don't know my exam timetable rip. First exam only worth 35% but I understand nothing of the 15 physics lectures I've had this semester, half of which I didn't even go to. Someone explain to me poisson statistics and roc curves and the psf and lsf  :'( :'( :'(
Positioning is going okay but there's not shoulder practice questions and I struggle with all the SI/IS, glenoid/grashey and garth shit omg there's so much and I didn't even know scapula imaging existed until this morning rip. Anyway that's enough ranting about that, I need to sort out the technique shit tonight and review physics tomorrow and bullshit the rest  :-[

THEN need to get on to biology because that's literally 30 pathology lecture and I'm drowning in my own tears just thinking about that. can we not even talk about the vertebral anatomy or spinal, cardiovascular and respiratory physiology that is also going to kill me  :-\

Honestly cannot wait for this week to just end already, then just two more  ??? ??? rip if i dont survive i love you all stay blessed xoxo
I believe that you will be fine, don't worry you got this.
Remember all the hardships of VCE that got you here and also uni, if that helps as well. :D
Also the rest of us university students that lurk on AN are feeling the same stress as you.
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Re: See Me In CT - Babushka's Rad Journey Through Radiography
« Reply #33 on: October 03, 2017, 10:56:36 pm »
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thank you so much xx

Update-
So generally stressing out like crazy and it's killing me right about now..
Starting exams on Wednesday and I still don't know my exam timetable rip. First exam only worth 35% but I understand nothing of the 15 physics lectures I've had this semester, half of which I didn't even go to. Someone explain to me poisson statistics and roc curves and the psf and lsf  :'( :'( :'(
Positioning is going okay but there's not shoulder practice questions and I struggle with all the SI/IS, glenoid/grashey and garth shit omg there's so much and I didn't even know scapula imaging existed until this morning rip. Anyway that's enough ranting about that, I need to sort out the technique shit tonight and review physics tomorrow and bullshit the rest  :-[

THEN need to get on to biology because that's literally 30 pathology lecture and I'm drowning in my own tears just thinking about that. can we not even talk about the vertebral anatomy or spinal, cardiovascular and respiratory physiology that is also going to kill me  :-\

Honestly cannot wait for this week to just end already, then just two more  ??? ??? rip if i dont survive i love you all stay blessed xoxo

GOOD LUCK! I know I'm not in uni yet but like zofromuxo saids you've made it to uni, meaning you conquer VCE. Now anyone who can conquer VCE has the strength and determination to face anything head on :)

Side note: Monash is my second preference after RMIT.

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« Reply #34 on: October 04, 2017, 08:21:30 am »
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Side note: Monash is my second preference after RMIT.
What are courses are you planning on doing?
If you do choose RMIT (if you choose the City campus), message me and I'll give you a tour of the cool places not many people know about.
 
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« Reply #35 on: October 04, 2017, 10:04:46 pm »
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What are courses are you planning on doing?
If you do choose RMIT (if you choose the City campus), message me and I'll give you a tour of the cool places not many people know about.

Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Radiations): Medical Imaging or Bachelor of Biomedical Science: Laboratory Medicine :)

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« Reply #36 on: October 15, 2017, 08:46:25 pm »
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Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Radiations): Medical Imaging or Bachelor of Biomedical Science: Laboratory Medicine :)

HEY DEAR :)
Nice to see that you made a decision, and I hope your journey to the end of year 12 and beyond goes very successfully <3 all the best and keep us updated on your journey!


Also general update since I took time off writing here during exams:
The last couple of weeks were definitely tough and I know for sure I'm not going to do the best that I could have but it is what it is. I think I'll do okay in clinical, maybe around a credit, and a pass to credit in biology. Image pathology was pretty decent, should have a solid D to HD in that one. OSCE  was better than expected but definitely never something to be confident about, but at least I did know my AP axial cervical. Communication was very intense and I don't know how I'll go in that segment but generally think I'll have passed everything. WAM is definitely going to go down this semester but I hopefully can keep it at 70+, still got 26% of my semester's assessments to go so there's a chance I can pick it up.

Been relaxing a fair bit since I finished up on Thursday, which has honestly been the most amazing four days I'll have for the next two months bless. Preclinical week starts tomorrow with a semester one masterclass on chests and upper and lower limb imaging and image analysis. At least that session is only two hours. Tuesday I have off, wednesday and thursday are both about 5-6 hours on semester two masterclass and professional behaviour and practice. Thursday is just clinical briefings, clinical psychology and breakdown of placement assignments and weightings and submissions. Friday I also get off thank the lord. Need to call up my placement centre tomorrow because some person at uni has put two different spellings of my clinical tutor's name up on the contact list and I don't know if my base email has gone to the right person and I need to hear back by tomorrow. Yay for drama ::)

Tonight I'm just hitting up some chest preparatory exercises before tomorrow's session and reviewing some extremity technique and considerations (and procrastinating fantasising over Christian Louboutins that I'm striving to own someday ;) ).

Bless guys, stay lovely and thanks again for the support! Goodnight <3
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« Reply #37 on: October 15, 2017, 09:53:52 pm »
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HEY DEAR :)
Nice to see that you made a decision, and I hope your journey to the end of year 12 and beyond goes very successfully <3 all the best and keep us updated on your journey!

Thank-you very much! <3 and hopefully I'll have some good news to share come early 2019 when offers are out :)

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« Reply #38 on: October 17, 2017, 03:00:33 pm »
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Thank-you very much! <3 and hopefully I'll have some good news to share come early 2019 when offers are out :)

I have every faith that you will! :)

Bit of a general update I might just throw in here:
Yesterday was semester one masterclass which was just a couple of hours in the afternoon, producing a video of how to take a pa chest image, image analysis test and some reviews of positioning hard regions like knees, forearms and elbows.

I've got today off which is a welcome break but been feeling quite unwell so just been spending it sleeping and resting, might see if I can eat anything now. Hopefully by the evening I'll be feeling a little better and I can do the three readings I need by tomorrow and check out my Pebblepad notebooks to get familiar with all that before tutorial.

Luckily my clinical tutor also did email me back yesterday morning, and I ended up calling him the wrong name so now I feel like an idiot and I'll have to apologise for that when I start. Starting to get excited for placement, seeing a real vision for my life and my nearsighted goals and hopefully in the next few years I can find some visions of the big picture :)

Stay beautiful everyone ❤
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« Reply #39 on: January 31, 2019, 10:51:29 pm »
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Hey everyone, so itís clearly been well over a year since Iíve hit the forums but I hope I can start up again after having met some of the new generation of AN users and been a little inspired!

Asa general review of my course journey so far:
  • PLACEMENT: First Year first semester had a really chill but good placement, but only two weeks. Small local hospital but great people and interesting cases, lots of paediatrics. Second placement was pretty miserable, busy clinic, disrespectful staff, six weeks, had an eyelid surgery halfway and had to complete my six weeks between October and January, got like one month of holidays that summer lol. Second year first semester I did four weeks at a small rural hospital. Was very nervous after my disastrous second one, but met some amazing people, got so many opportunities and learned heaps. Once I graduate if I donít get in to a big trauma centre, Iím going to move back there for a few years. I did my next four weeks at a major trauma hospital in Melbourne. This was intimidating, there were a lot of expectations, big reputations on the line, and some devastating consequences for stuff ups. But I had the opportunity to learn a lot, even spending time in Cath lab, fluoro and theatre, as well doing ED and trauma work. I saw a lot of stuff that I wasnít prepared for, and for the first time I realised the extent of my job could actually be more than what I thought it was. I realised that I donít just take images,but I can be responsible for the deterioration of a patient in my care, after attending trauma calls and having patients collapse while Iím seeing them. I hope I can get my confidence back this year so I can successfully take on my internships but Iím really worried. I have a clinic and a large rural site this year, unfortunately neither will help get me the internship I want.
  • WORKLOAD: the course workload is insanely busy. Second year only had 15 hours a week so it was really nice to have the much shorter days and bigger spaces for free time. I feel like I really didnít work hard enough in 2018 and Iím not happy with my wam, which I wanted to hit 80 but is stuck at a meagre 79.3. I donít even understand what the course will be like this year. Thereís no lectures just something called workshops, labs and tutes.. seems like itís going to be a lot of personal study, setting my own bar and finding my own ways to achieve it. Iíve suffered with a lack of motivation for probably about 9 years now regarding my academics and I think I finally need to make some changes.. follow this thread to see if I make it  ::)
  • SOCIAL: I was finally able to make some new friends in my course, and meet some people in other years which has been great for letting me find mentors to help me out and give me advice, as well as letting me mentor other students a little and help them find their feet with starting first year and progressing to second year. Having good friends has made a big change in how much I can enjoy uni and engage in my degree. I joined my department society committee last year as a year level rep and it was a great way for me to get more involved with other students and start being social, attending balls, pub crawls and academic events. I didnít make committee this year but I joined the ball organising subcommittee. I love event planning and getting to know other students and teachers so it should still be fun! Iíve also finally been able to reach out and develop some really nice friendships outside of uni, and more recently, met some extremely valuable people on these forums. I look forward to a year with more positive relationships and I hope that helps me with my own life experiences and wellbeing.
  • LIFE: so life in general has been insane over the last year.. obviously placement triggered an insane degree of anxiety and confidence loss, but left room for optimism. My future started to look possible in a way I want it to. Friendships improved, relationships got worse. Family got hard. 2019 has been a massive bitch already and itís going to be a shit year I can tell. Within a month, my mum went to hospital, I need my sixth eyelid surgery, my grandfathers Parkinsonís has progressed, thereís so much family drama, uni is stressful, life moves too fast and I donít feel ready for it. Itís already a massive struggle and I donít think Iím going to make it, but Iím going to fight as hard as I can to make it as far as possible. After a significant mental health upset in 2016, I reluctantly saw someone about it until mum forbid me to continue. I survived as long as I could until my uni teachers encouraged me to get better. I made an appointment with a uni counselor on one of my better days so I didnít go back, and Iím still battling my worth to continue seeing her, but I think I might try it and see if I deserve it yet..
  • GOALS: being my last purely academic year, I feel like thereís a type of person I want to be before I enter the workforce as an intern next year, so I have a lot of physical, personal, emotional, social and mental goals. I hope to get my license in three weeks, maybe get a job at the clinic Iím doing placement at, get the internship I want, get volunteer experience in health organisations, develop as a diagnostic radiographer and quality health care professional, get over my fear of relationships, build on my friendships, become healthier, embrace and care for my mental health, undertake a course in consciousness, read more, take more photos, write more, engage more with music and learn how to say no.

So my journal has expressed a pretty tough journey so far, and as it seems, will continue to do so, but I hope things work out and if not, that I can face adversity with strength.

God bless everyone and have a blissful 2019 xx until next time  :)
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« Reply #40 on: February 04, 2019, 07:37:21 pm »
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Hey Babushka!

Just wanted to say thank you for sharing your experience at Monash so far. I just came across your journal and as a health student about to start first year I know recounting some of your thoughts on uni and your course will come in handy for the next few years.

Especially about focusing more on hands on experience rather than obsessing about grades. I heard it's helpful to get TAFE certificates and work in the field first, and after reading your posts I feel I should be more serious about that.

Really found your posts insightful, thank you!!

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« Reply #41 on: February 08, 2019, 10:29:36 am »
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Hey Babushka!

Just wanted to say thank you for sharing your experience at Monash so far. I just came across your journal and as a health student about to start first year I know recounting some of your thoughts on uni and your course will come in handy for the next few years.

Especially about focusing more on hands on experience rather than obsessing about grades. I heard it's helpful to get TAFE certificates and work in the field first, and after reading your posts I feel I should be more serious about that.

Really found your posts insightful, thank you!!

Oh my gosh this is so nice thank you so much for posting! :) I'm glad you found it useful haha, I've been questioning how relevant my journal is but I do hope you can take something out of it for your own experiences.

It definitely is, it's a very hard line to draw because all through your school life everyone likes to tell you that grades are everything and while you do need to know your stuff, if you can prove that you're willing to learn and can handle yourself in a professional environment, often that gets you a lot further than a couple of HDs haha.

A quick stalk leads me to believe you're exploring dentistry?
I have a few friends who, despite not having any educational background in the field, work as dental assistants/receptionists. I'm not sure if you've looked into this but maybe have a look at getting some part time work in a dental clinic as even being a receptionist will give you insights into how places operate and you might learn things about procedures etc and it's always helpful to build some contacts in your field!

I hope everything goes well for you and I'll be sure to follow your journey as well, all the best! :)
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« Reply #42 on: February 20, 2019, 11:16:47 am »
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Oh my gosh this is so nice thank you so much for posting! :) I'm glad you found it useful haha, I've been questioning how relevant my journal is but I do hope you can take something out of it for your own experiences.

It definitely is, it's a very hard line to draw because all through your school life everyone likes to tell you that grades are everything and while you do need to know your stuff, if you can prove that you're willing to learn and can handle yourself in a professional environment, often that gets you a lot further than a couple of HDs haha.

A quick stalk leads me to believe you're exploring dentistry?
I have a few friends who, despite not having any educational background in the field, work as dental assistants/receptionists. I'm not sure if you've looked into this but maybe have a look at getting some part time work in a dental clinic as even being a receptionist will give you insights into how places operate and you might learn things about procedures etc and it's always helpful to build some contacts in your field!

I hope everything goes well for you and I'll be sure to follow your journey as well, all the best! :)

Thank you again Babushka!

I didn't think of working part-time as a dental receptionist, will definitely look into that and apply for it. I was hoping to get a part-time job in dental assistant without doing the relevant TAFE course, so your anecdote is encouraging!

Thanks and all the best for yours too! I'm sure it will go very quickly from now on for you, and I hope you will have an amazing time.

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« Reply #43 on: June 03, 2019, 04:43:12 pm »
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So I haven't really updated all year but hello!

Has been a super tough semester, uni has been beyond insane with assignments, as well as so much outside of uni.

This semester focused on clinical techniques and physics of CT and ultrasound, as well as aspects of clinical ethics and law. CT and ultrasound have very complicated physics mechanisms so it's been a huge struggle to understand these individual concepts and then integrate them into how machines work, and then the combined effect of these optimising parameters on the final image quality and practical, real time data manipulation. Having never studied sound, going back to learning these interactions from scratch was really challenging, and the machinery is going to require a lot of study during swotvac to get right, so super excited for the next two weeks!

I've had a lot going on with stress, family problems, and trying to sort things out so the assignments haven't been to a good quality standard. I think I've submitted two on time this whole semester and as ashamed as I am, as long as I pass I think I can live with this, as other things have been of higher priority to me. I'm finally taking the time to look after my mental health. After seven years of moderate to severe bouts of depression, a couple of years of mild anxiety, two attempts with psychologists, one psychiatrist and a few GPs, several friends desperate for me to help myself and family realising I'm not doing well, I've just started counselling, and for the first time, I think I want it and I'm working hard to make it worth my while. I'm starting to like myself as a person, do things that make me happy, I'm motivated, I'm seeing a future for myself, I'm feeling confident and I'm finally deciding what I deserve and what I want in my life. I'm not usually one to put this side of myself out there, but I'm actually really proud and this feels like genuine progress. Hard work, sacrifice and mentally exhausting, but worthwhile. I hope someday I can find peace and value and joy in little things, have less guilt, less resentment, more love and transparency, replace anger with passion and hurt with forgiveness.

I got back into reading. It's been a really great way to unwind, get out of my head and relax. I was never into non-fiction when I was younger but the last year, it's been really eye opening, motivational and a big opportunity to learn. I've also been volunteering heaps, I've met some incredible people and it has enriched my life so much. I feel appreciated, I get to do things I love, be a part of people's lives, experience new things, have fantastic opportunities, help those in need and not a day goes by when I'm volunteering that there isn't a smile on someone's face, and at the end of the day, that's what I want to be a part of. I also completely tidied my room, and invested in some diaries and planners that will hopefully keep me inspired and driven, and I actually really recommend these if you like mapping out what youíre achieving and how youíre using your time!

Hopefully soon I will be uploading a first year survival guide that myself and a couple of colleagues wrote last year for this course, as well as some information about entry into the program and some FAQs.

Will also do a full update on this yearís placement experiences.

In the meantime, I have three exams in the next three weeks, then onto intern applications, networking, tours, ASMIRT events and seminars, and completing some courses in ultrasound and image interpretation. Not an easy road, but for once, one I'm excited to take 🙂

Hope everyone's keeping well and good luck with exams!! ❤❤
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« Reply #44 on: June 22, 2019, 10:53:14 pm »
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hey babushka! it's really inspiring to see you push through life even in tough times. I hope you are doing well and it's great to see that reading is helping you. Books are like a safe haven of happiness and a way of taking a breather from my own life and I'm happy to see that it is also like that with you! Good luck through your studies and things will definitely get better ;D
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