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Parents Weekend

One of the things I look forward to every year here in College Station, TX is Parents' Weekend! I'm an out of state student from California, and so I don't get to see my family as often as I would want to. Parents' Weekend is the one time during the year that my family makes the trip out here to Texas, and it's always so much fun! 

As an added bonus this year all of us second year students got our white coats! At our White Coat Ceremony (which is the day before Parents' Day), all of the second year students were honored by faculty, staff, fellow students, and our family and friends. We got to walk across the stage and put on a bright new white coat as a symbol of the fact that we have made it through our first two years of veterinary school and into the clinical part of our curriculum.

Getting our white coats was such a proud moment for all of us. After all of the many long years of hard work, late night studying and stress, we were finally able to put on our first official white coat (and for me, the first one that's ever actually fit me!). Plus, my family came out from California to be there and support me, which meant more than anything. As a veterinary student, it is so important to have a great support network around you to help you through tough times. My family has been that for me, and having them there to see me get my white coat made the moment special for all of us!

The next day was the official Parents' Day at the vet school. Parents, family, and friends were able to sign up to either attend special lectures given by some of our awesome professors or get tours of our hospital facilities. Since I'm a tour guide and my family has already been given tours over the years, they elected to sit in on the lectures. We had great lectures on surgery, exotic animal medicine, and emergency and critical care medicine. It was so much fun as a veterinary student to see our school through the eyes of our families. Sometimes it's easy to forget how cool everything is that we get to experience every day as students; days like that really give you a whole new perspective!