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Reflecting on the Year

Thanksgiving has come and gone, and we are finally in the home stretch of the semester. It is hard to believe that I am already nearly halfway done with my second year of vet school.  It feels like just yesterday that I was sitting in orientation, both excited and terrified about the challenges awaiting me.  As this semester comes to a close, I'd like to reflect a bit on my feelings about veterinary school.  To begin, I am more and more grateful each day that I will be a part of this profession.  As classes become more clinically focused and applicable, I find myself excited to learn and pleased with how much I have learned already.  There is a sense of pride when you hear a veterinarian reference a drug and you understand the way it works and why it is being used. It only takes a few of those instances to remind you of why you're putting yourself through the daily challenges of veterinary school.

As a second year student, I have far more time outside of the classroom, which I certainly enjoy.  I still spend a lot of my time studying; however, I have found ways to make it more fun.  For example, my friend and I turned pharmacology studying into a game, and it turned out to be very effective.  On days when I'm really finding it hard to be motivated, I grab a Starbucks and find a comfortable spot in my apartment with my puppy by my side.  I can certainly say that I find second year to be more enjoyable than first year.

With the semester drawing to a close, I am anxiously waiting for December 5th when my finals are complete, and I can enjoy family, friends, and the holiday season.  I must admit that my Christmas tree has been up since the week before Thanksgiving, so I am already in the spirit! But four finals from now I will be watching Elf, singing Christmas carols, and sipping hot chocolate by the fire (unless it is still 80 degrees outside).  So to those of you who are taking finals, good luck! For those of you that aren't, I am incredibly jealous.  But most of all, Happy Holidays to all of you, and see you in 2013!