Saturday, April 17, 2010

Endocrinology VS Medical Entomological Techniques

Ahh, and i could already see huge QUESTION MARKS jolting from your brains, LOL.


hehe yeaa, well umm, they would respectively be the offered elective courses for next semester, and i must choose one from the other. The thing is, IM NOT SURE WHICH ONE TO CHOOSE!!! Both are very tempting! They should allow us to take both, and kick 'Khidmat Masyarakat' out LOL. Talking about khidmat masyarakat, i think i have officially failed the paper just now. The questions were all 'history'-ish and you know howw allerrrrrrrrrrrrgic i am to friggin HISTORY.. *puke* and it practically gave me cerebral edema that has successfully disabled me from thinking straight, which technically put me in this difficult position where i just HAD to shoot blindly at the not-so-shimmering stars.. :Db
HENCE, khidmat masyarakat = GONE CASE.

(in Madagascar's King Julian's personal tone LOL!)

Urghhmm, yea, alright.. Enough of that. Back to the thing that i wanted to discuss on.. wait, what was it?? HAHA Ah yes, the elective courses. Lemme explain to you what they are.


Where should i start.. lol.. Ah, do you know what hormones are? See, our body needs to undergo a lot of processes in order to function well. For example, the growth of your bones consists of its own mechanism, the menstrual cycle, metabolism, and etc :D! Now, most of these processes have their on and off switch. Hormones would be the chemical compound that meddles with those switches, either to turn the process on, or turn it off. In scientific terms, you would use 'stimulation' and 'inhibition' of a particular chemical reaction.

The Endocrine system is all about hormones, starting from the production of these hormones, how and where they are being produced, to its mechanism of action, to its defects if say an individual is access or deficient of a particular hormone, to its breakdown, simply EVERYTHING. Testosterone, progesterone, T3, T4, insulin, these are among the most mentioned hormones around LOL. And so, 'Endocrinology' would be the branch of medicine that deals with the disorders of the endocrine system! Yea, that ain't that hard ta digest right?? lol :P

One thing about human biology that i love, is getting to know the mechanisms of these processes. Some may find it very hard to memorize as they do seem like a whole load of information, but truthfully, it is all the matter of logic :) And if i am going to proceed with biomedical sciences after i graduate, it would most likely to be towards pathology, and endocrinology would most definitely help me in that area.

Plus the classes are lesser, your final marks depend on your projects, and the lecturers are wonderful! The only thing that may be the down-side of this is the chemical names which i might have to remember all the time. Mechanisms, i can do. COMPLICATED NAMES?? Now.. THAT, i have a problem with HUIEHEUHEIUEHIEHIUEHUEHIEUHEI @_@'.

Another thing is the fact that the course is more on theories than actual hands on practice huhu.. So if i were to take this one, i'd have to share an unconditional love-hate relationship with the library hahahahah which i don't mind of course. I love the library :)

Medical Entomological Techniques

My other option would be to take 'Medical Entomological Techniques'. Entomology is the study of arthropods, or in simpler terms, insects lol. And apparently, i have a passion towards creatures, regardless of which kingdom they're from. Animals, insects, plants, you name it, and i shall love it! lol :) This course, i would say, is very much adventurous. There are many field works you would have to attend, and these field works will bring you to all these remote places where your aim is to catch these insects, bring them back to the lab, and study them. TOTALLY COOL HUH!! :Db :Db

The only bad part about this is that you are expected to complete a loooooooottttttt of reports!!! One thing i hate doing is reports, especially when its a group work thing, and ESPECIALLY entomology reports.. hahaha cause it'll take a whole lot of your time!!! Not only would you have to describe specifically all of the features you see, you would have to draw them too! And I have this obsession when I draw, that is to get every single detail right, and when you get an assignment report to do on 30 insects at one go, ITS FRIGGIN TORTUROUS!!

So there you have it! Two authentic dishes on silver platters hahahaha!! hmpph.. If i am to choose entomology, it'd definitely be something different to do, and that will change my semester dramatically!! But then, i'll be all busy with reports and more reports that im afraid i wudn't be able to focus on the other 5 subjects that i have. If i am to choose endocrinology, now its definitely something i can handle, I love the topic, and it relates most with what i may do in the future, except for the fact that the project is a group work thing, and my marks depend on other people as well. NOT GOOD. Ahh, im sooo in a dilemma about this lol. But both don't sound that bad right? And either way, i'll be fine coz both are interesting in their own ways.

I just hope i'll choose the right one.



  2. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAA i was expecting such a comment from you! :P