So we're one week back into school after spring break, and
unfortunately the novelty of school being back has already worn
off. Thank goodness I have memories of a fantastic last spring
break (as a fourth year student, some of us have to work the spring
break holiday next year) to help me through the tests and projects
that seem to have plagued us this week...
So my roommates and I, wanting a change of pace from the usual
beach-driven spring break, decided to plan a road trip out west.
After much deliberation (I think it took us about an hour), we
decided to visit one of the greatest wonders that America has to
offer: The Grand Canyon. We thought that driving across three
states and camping would help get our minds off of vet school;
however, I found that easier said than done.
So after excessive planning of our route and packing, we started
our two day drive toward the Grand Canyon. The drive included, in
true spring break fashion, listening to random radio stations and
snacking on the unhealthiest snacks we could pack into the back of
my roommate's car. When we arrived at the Canyon, it was already
dark, which made setting up our non-pop up tent a little tricky.
With much perseverance and communication, my roomies and I managed
to make a sturdy structure that would house us for the next two
The next day we hiked the Kaibab Trail down into the Canyon. As
we worked our way down the path, I found myself constantly watching
my step and trying to think about how far we've already traveled.
After about an hour of this mindset, I finally looked up at the
gorgeous scenery surrounding me. The beauty of the Canyon made me
feel so stupid for spending so much time looking at my feet and
analyzing the trek instead of admiring what was around me and
enjoying the journey.
After that hike, I realized that our whole trip could be applied
to the process of veterinary school. You have to have your route in
mind and be prepared before applying in order to gain admittance
into vet school. When you're faced with obstacles (like setting
your tent in the dark), communication and working as a team with
your classmates will help you succeed in overcoming most things.
And most importantly, make sure you stop analyzing each little step
you're taking, look at the big picture and enjoy the journey.