Hi there, I hope the first few weeks of school and transitioning into school once again has gone well for everybody! Now it’s time to buckle down and start studying for exams. Today, I took my first exam of this year, and let’s just say the first few are always the toughest. The class was meat science and I was quite overwhelmed with the seven packets of notes, eight pages each and six PowerPoint slides per page. It was definitely a lot of information and my brain was pretty fried after I finished the test.I got to thinking about all the livestock and meats classes that I have taken over the past five semesters. When I first came to school here, I would have never thought that I would know as much about the hamburger patty or the t-bone steak that we all love. Even looking back after tough exams, I have really enjoyed all of my meat evaluation and science classes and I have learned so much from every one that I have taken. From the formation of muscle fibers, to the contraction of muscles, meat tenderness, grading, and even live animal and carcass evaluation I feel like I have a better understanding and appreciation of that perfectly cooked steak on the table.