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Monthly Archives: December 2011

Lessons of a Break

Lessons of a Break Merry Christmas (a few days late) and Happy New Year (a few days early)!!! This time of year is a favorite for students, a time when we can sit at home and enjoy some textbook free days! It is good for us to get away, and visit with our families. As vet students we spend so much of our time engrossed in our studies, I know many of us (me included) neglect to make time for friends and family the way we should. The Christmas Season always reminds me of the importance of the people in my life, without them I wouldn't be where I am today, and even when I don't keep in touch with them like I should they always support me now. As we move into a brand new year it is time to look at all that we have accomplished over the past year and remember how far we have come! The first year students have completed their first semester of vet school, second year students survived a vigorous semester of parasites and pharmaceuticals, third years are now one semester a... (Read More)

Study Buddies

Study Buddies Finals - that one word elicits a host of negative thoughts. The all-nighters, caffeine overload, and high stakes can add up to be a recipe for disaster. Luckily for Texas A&M students the libraries are offering some really neat stress relievers including free hot chocolate, chair massages and, new this year, therapy pets acting as "study buddies". Aggieland Pets With A Purpose (APWAP) is a non-profit volunteer organization that provides trained animals for educational, rehabilitative and emotional assistance purposes.  They volunteer in elementary schools, nursing homes, rehabilitation hospitals, hospice, and other locations helping the community through their animals. I have been lucky enough to participate in this organization as an associate member. I don't currently have a pet but am able to help members who do have an animal, especially those who have more than one. It has been a very rewarding experience working with special n... (Read More)