Exams Are Over

Hello everyone!

Wow, thank goodness exams are done! This whole week I have been studying for my exams. The only day I didn’t have an exam was Tuesday. I can’t believe how fast this semester has gone. I am looking forward to second semester. This past week I was able to tour Walker Hall and it is BEAUTIFUL!!!  Students will love having classes in the new Walker Hall building!

Today is the first day of winter break - I hope you all enjoy the month off and have a safe trip home!

Happy Holidays!!

Val Zahra

3 Down, 7 To Go

Hey everyone!

The semester is over!! Words cannot express how happy I am that I am officially on break now! I am so excited to go home and relax with my family and puppy. I need some puppy cuddles. I received some of my grades back and I got A’s on both of my gross anatomy exams! It was such a relief whenever I saw those…I wanted to jump up and down and start screaming in class. Of course I didn’t do that though. I am also thrilled that my last finals were on Wednesday so I have been out of school mode for two days already. I’m not complaining of course.

This past week I got to go into the new health professions building and take a tour of the Occupational Therapy wing. I was amazed and excited and every other positive emotion that you an think of. There is so much more room in this building than at Chapel Hill.  We have all new equipment, and everything is so nice. Being there made me so excited for the next three and a half years. I was in there thinking “I already can’t wait to come back in the spring just so I can be in the new building.”

One thing I wish was different about this past semester was the amount of on campus activities I participated in. It is difficult to be a commuter and go to on campus events because I don’t really hear about them until that day, and we spend all day at school then have to go home and get stuff done. By that time none of us really feel like going all the way back to campus. The activities we did go to were a lot of fun though.

Well, time to get back to relaxing. I hope everyone has a fun, safe, and relaxing break. See you in 2015!


Almost Done!

Hey everyone!

It’s officially finals season and I am waist deep in homework and studying. Thankfully I have one of my bigger finals out of the way. All I have left are three in class finals and one take home final. I am lucky enough to be completely done on Wednesday! Good thing too, because I don’t think that I can physically handle anymore stress.

I haven’t had too much going on outside of classes. I mostly hang out with my friends at my apartment. I did however have a great Thanksgiving break. I didn’t do too much except eat a LOT on Thanksgiving. I also got to babysit some of the greatest kids ever. I miss them all the time when I am up here. Thankfully I will get to watch them over Christmas break! I also did homework over break (it seems like it NEVER ends!)

Last Wednesday, my Occupational Therapy class and I went to a nursing home to make crafts with the residents there. It was a lot of fun and very rewarding to see home much it meant to them for us to come out there. I miss them already.

Well time to work on MORE homework. I just have to keep reminding myself that I only have three more days –  then I am DONE!

Good luck on finals everyone!


Quick Questions!!!

Hey All! In case you didn’t know, Karlla, Suzanne, and myself all sit in the dining hall (taking turns) for our Quick Questions session. This happens on Wednesdays from 11-1. I will always be there from 12 to 1 though. You can come up and talk to us about anything!! We have a bowl of candy there too so you are always welcome to our candy and to just come up and see what we are up to!

Your Career Peer,



Thanksgiving Break!!!


Today is the last day before Thanksgiving break! After my class today I get to go home for the next week. I can’t wait for Thanksgiving dinner and Black Friday shopping. Before I can have fun this next week I have A LOT of studying to do. I need to study mostly Anatomy and Chemistry. Even though my tests are not until 2 weeks after break, this is a great opportunity to take advantage of my studies so when I get back I  am not overwhelmed. I hope that everyone has an awesome break! Don’t forget to study but also give yourself sometime to relax!

Val Zahra


Morning everyone!!!

This week has been extremely cold! Walking out of Potter Hall today, there was frost on the car windows! I cannot believe its winter already. Also, a week from today our Thanksgiving break starts. I am so excited because I get to go home and spend a WHOLE week at home. Of course, I will also be studying because I  have tests when we come back.

This week was like every other one. A couple of tests with a couple of days tutoring and work! My weeks go by so fast! Hopefully next week it will be even faster :)

Stay warm out there this weekend. We might be seeing some snow tomorrow!


Relaxing Career Fair? What?!

Hello!!! As many of you know, our semester is almost over!! Not too long ago, we had the Health Professions Career Fair. This career fair was far more relaxed than the past ones. You did not have to dress up all professionally, like most of the others. I could not go but after talking to peers and my supervisors, I heard it was very successful. Many people were able to make connections with the businesses that came and have plans to reach out to them for their fieldwork experiences. Plus, I heard they had some delicious snacks! I put some pictures here for you in case you missed it!


Career Peer

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Fresh Cookies and a Free Coffee Maker?!?!

Hey there friends!

Did you know that there was a Coffee Talk with Karlla, myself, and More at Maryville on the 20th of October? It was pretty awesome! I made us freshly baked cookies from Kaldi’s. YUMMM!!  Aretha, from More at Maryville, brought a Keurig to raffle off to the people that came to the event because we also drank coffee (from a different machine, no worries). When people came, we asked if you all had a resume and that we can help you! All you had to do to get the cookie, coffee, and enter your name to win the  Keurig, was talk to us! Not a bad deal!! We hope to see you at the next event!

Your Career Peer




Hello Again!

A couple of weeks ago I went to this presentation by a man named Dr. Doyle. He is really into education and the ways we can help ourselves when studying or in school. Dr. Doyle told us that sleep is very important (like we hear from all doctors). Sleep is imperative to your grades and your focus, though. The more sleep you get, the more you will be able to focus on school work. This is also in conjunction with the fact that your brain isn’t fully awake until after 9:30 or so. Some high schools have even moved their start times back! I think Maryville should join the cause! He also gave us study tips. Even though many us, including myself, like to procrastinate, we should start studying little by little early on. But no worries, you should not study everyday. This way you can tell if you really know it or not. Now next tip: to keep focus if you are tired, do NOT drink coffee or soda. This will only keep you on task for a small amount of time. For best results, take a 90 minute nap (a full REM cycle) and drink water! Thats all I have for now friends! Keep calm and study on!


Career Peer

Just Another Friday

Hey Everyone!

Well, as usual, today is Friday and I have a test today! This week I was supppose to have a test in psychology BUT my teacher printed the wrong test. So, she had to move the test to today. I wish I could have taken it Wednesday because I was so ready to take it. Oh well, today hopefully I will also do great on it. Next week, I have an Anatomy test on Monday. This chapter is a little more in depth so I really need to study over the weekend.

This past weekend we adopted 2 kittens. I am so excited to go home and see them today! They are CRAZY!  Hopefully this weekend won’t be very cold but I have a feeling I am going to have to bring out the winter coat. Gosh, I can’t believe in two weeks it’s Thanksgiving!! This semester has flown by!

Well, I hope everyone has a great weekend!