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Just Keep Swimming

This semester is flying by!  We are already into our sixth week of the Fall semester (more than a quarter of the way through)!  Looking back, first year passed by pretty quickly, although at the time, it definitely didn't feel like it.  I still remember the first day of orientation: the nervousness, the excitement, and catching the "I'm-just-a-first-year-I-don't-know-what's-going-on" syndrome.  Luckily, when I arrived at the school, I found a fellow lost soul in the parking lot, who ended up becoming one of my closest friends.

The first year of veterinary school was a big adjustment period for me.  It was my first time away from home, my first time living on my own, and, of course, the start of some of the most stressful yet rewarding years of my life.  Thankfully, I had an amazing vet school family that helped me through it all (shoutout to the Class of 2015: y'all are awesome!).  With that being said, the transition into second year was pretty easy.  It's nice not being so lost, or stressed for that matter.  The 2VM schedules are a pleasant change from the craziness that is first year.  Sleep, a once novel concept, is now most often a twice daily occurrence.  So, to the first years, I promise it gets better!

As a second year, we have the option of being a part of a mentoring program that pairs us up with an incoming first year.  I love being able to help someone whose shoes I was in not so long ago, especially since I know how stressful it can be!  I would say that my mentee and I were paired up pretty well.  In fact, I'm pretty sure we're the same person: we are the same age, we are both only children, we both play the piano, and, of course, we both love animals, um, so I'd say we're the same person.  Plus, she has the same name as one of my best friends in vet school, so I'd say it was meant to be.  On her first day of school, I surprised her with a basket of goodies and essentials for the school year: pens, pencils, highlighters, and let's not forget the oh-so-essential Febreze to keep the intoxicating smell that is anatomy at bay.  Since then, I have been checking up on her to make sure she's surviving okay, which includes taking study breaks at Cold Stone Creamery with her mentor!  I think the best advice I can give right now to her and other first years is to "Just keep swimming."

Until next time!