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The Student Perspectives blog is a fresh and realistic snapshot of the life of veterinary medical and biomedical science students.
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Awakening a Hunger for Thanksgiving & Vet School

Awakening a Hunger for Thanksgiving & Vet School As Thanksgiving approached, it meant more than just good food with good friends, but also that we are closing in on the end of our first semester in veterinary school It is too surreal, coming to grips with the fact that our class has completed so much together, yet we still feel like we’re in week four of the semester. Multiple Friendsgivings had been in the making, allowing me to eat with my new friends during Thanksgiving week and express my appreciation toward the relationships I formed. I wasn't involved in such a large group or “family” while in undergraduate or graduate school, and it surprises me how so many of us lift and support each other during difficult times we encounter in veterinary school. Every day we are in the same classes together, and although we can’t seem to get away from each other during our 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. classes, we strongly attempt to meet afterwards, encouraging each other to not let up on the vast amount of mate... (Read More)

My Strongest Supporter

My Strongest Supporter When I was an undergraduate, I adopted a high-energy shepherd mix named Addie from a local shelter, and she quickly became my partner in crime and strongest supporter. I had plenty of time to expend her endless energy, even between work and school commitments. But I knew going into veterinary school that I was going to assume a lot more responsibility and have much less time to spend with her; I was worried that it would add extra stress to my life and not be fair to her. Soon after beginning veterinary school, however, I realized that having a dog while in vet school was the best choice for me. Even after a long day, she constantly manages to make me smile when I get home. She’s the best kind of study buddy because she’s always supportive and doesn’t judge if I get it wrong. She has also helped me build relationships with other students with dogs. And, most importantly, she reminds me to make time for brain breaks, whether that be taking... (Read More)

My Friendsgiving

My Friendsgiving While Thanksgiving is now over, the Thanksgiving day is a great reminder to appreciate for the little things. One thing that I really appreciate is lifelong friendship. After two and a half years at the veterinary school, I have met great friends who are going to be my colleagues one day. It is amazing to be around people who share the same interest and passion as I do. A few days ago, we shared our third anniversary of celebrating "Friendsgiving" together. It was a good excuse for us to forget about exams and quizzes for a little bit and just enjoy having a good time with friends. Every year, it is at Emily’s house, and I thank her for offering her place and not minding her house getting messy afterward. Because it is a potluck event, everyone is encouraged to bring a dish. I made my "famous" corn bread using my secret recipe. I also made some creamed corn. I was excited to have holiday dishes that I enjoyed last year, such as Annie’s gre... (Read More)

Off-Campus Living and New Roommates

Off-Campus Living and New Roommates I am finally a senior (WHOOP) and this is my first time living off campus. For the first three years here at Texas A&M, I lived in the same residence hall with the same roommate. Fortunately, it was modular style, so it was bigger than some of the other dorms, but the kitchen was not very clean, the sharing spaces were messy, and there was not much privacy in the room itself. However, I lucked out because my roommate and I got along really well and we are still great friends. While the living conditions were not great, the community and the friends I met made up for it. I could not recommend enough, especially for freshmen, to live in the dorms their first year. Not only is being on campus much more convenient because of its proximity to dining places and classes, but it shapes you into the Aggie that everyone should strive for; you get involved in so many events on campus, learn about all the traditions, and are surrounded by peers t... (Read More)

Big Decisions

Big Decisions I have recently been tasked with submitting my fourth-year rotation preferences for our next, and last, year. I cannot believe how quickly the time has passed. I was so overwhelmed when the administration first introduced this process to us. The way our fourth year of veterinary school works is we enter into the Small and Large Animal Teaching Hospitals from May 2019 to May 2020. During this timeframe, we spend two weeks’ time on each of a series of rotations to gain experience in a clinical setting, making our own decisions, and taking care of patients. It is our last step to becoming a doctor, other than passing the NAVLE (North American Veterinary Licensing Examination), of course. The first decision we must make for our fourth year of veterinary school is choosing a track. These tracks include small animal, large animal, mixed, or alternative track. I settled on doing mixed animal, which is a combination of small and large animal trac... (Read More)

A Little Perspective

A Little Perspective It’s hard for me to believe this, but I am now just a few weeks away from completing the first semester of second year of veterinary school! My friends and family love to ask me, “How is second year going?” And my answer to that has been, “It’s going much better than first year!” Their reactions are always a mixture of surprise and wonder. Is it an easier semester? Are there fewer exams? What’s different? Well, the truth is that veterinary school is still extremely difficult, and the exams are still just as stressful and overwhelming as ever. That hasn’t changed, but my perspective has. See, there were several times throughout first year during which I felt like my life had been put on hold. I watched as my friends from college moved to new places, accepted full-time adult jobs, and traveled to countries around the world, all while I was sitting at a local coffeeshop studying for my upcoming exams. I had fallen into what seemed like... (Read More)

Study Buddy

Study Buddy We are approaching the end of our 12th week of school, and it is crazy to think I’ve almost completed my first semester of veterinary school! As first-year veterinary students, we have felt many emotions already and finals are still approaching. I’ve always heard these would be the most difficult but best times of my life, and I couldn’t agree more—I’ve learned so much about myself and can’t wait to see what the rest of this experience brings. One of the things I have have learned is the value of studying in groups. I have always studied independently, but I quickly realized that what we're learning isn't the kind of information that is easily grasped alone. Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses and we all have a unique way to study, so I’m continually learning what this looks like for me. It is key to find a group that meets your needs, so that you also benefit. The way I studied at the beginning of the semester looks completely... (Read More)

The Trials and Tribulations of Medical School Applications

The Trials and Tribulations of Medical School Applications For those of us looking to enter medical school during the fall of 2019, the past couple of months have, hopefully, been very busy. Coming off a long stretch of interviews, I find myself completely exhausted. I think that in the stress of the entire process, I have kind of lost some of my excitement for my senior year of college. It’s also difficult to focus on my current classes when the next step of my education seems so imminent. One of the drawbacks of medicine, and really any kind of profession that requires extensive training, is the fact that everything is focused on the future. As an undergrad, you focus on doing everything you need to do to get into a good medical school. In medical school, you focus on doing everything to get into a good residency program. During your residency, you focus on getting a good fellowship. After the future arrives, where does our focus turn? For this reason, it is so incredibly important to apprecia... (Read More)

The Importance of Giving Back and Voting

The Importance of Giving Back and Voting I’ve always been told the importance of giving back—to use my privilege and my place in the world as one of influence and to help those who seek help, as well as those who don’t seek it but are in need of it. Recently, I was given the opportunity to help a young student who wanted to take a similar path as mine—that is, to attend veterinary school. Cooper and his grandparents wanted to pick the mind of a veterinary student to answer any questions plaguing Cooper’s mind since making the decision to pursue this career. One night, we all met for dinner. Things started out slow, talking about my life and theirs. As we got to know each other and we got more comfortable, my advice became more free flowing, going beyond what was needed to be done to get into vet school to tell them why we do those things. During our converation, I saw Cooper’s eyes light up as he talked about animals! He talked about dogs and cats, wildlife medicine, hedgehogs, a... (Read More)

You're Not Alone

You're Not Alone Wow. This Friday will round out week 10 of my first semester of veterinary school. Had you asked me how I was feeling two weeks ago, I’d have to confess I was debating whether this was truly my career path. I was struggling with the heavy course load, personal issues, and missing home more than any 22 year old ever would. With our exam schedule picking up and time seeming to just melt away, I wondered if I’d ever make it those last eight weeks. "Imposter Syndrome" was certainly rearing its ugly head and I felt totally alone. Then I received a text from a classmate, who has quickly turned from stranger to best friend, confessing that they were sharing my doubts, and suddenly I was not alone! This changed everything. Having someone to share our struggles allowed us to easily dismiss the silly notions we each had about ourselves and tackle the problems logically. We reached out to professors, classmates, the professional counselors Texas A&a... (Read More)