Making Time to Get Involved
I'll admit that even after finishing five weeks of class, I'm
still adjusting to life as a second year. Compared to last
year, my schedule this semester is a dream come true. We
start class at 9 am every day and I'm done with class by noon two
days a week! After such a rigorous first year, it's very
tempting to only "do the minimum" and hoard my precious free time.
However, vet school is more than the time spent in class and
studying; it is an experience. When I graduate in just two more
short years, I am confident that this program will have prepared me
academically; however, I feel that it is up to me to develop myself
beyond medical expertise.
It's important to pursue activities outside of the curriculum to
get the most out of our time here at Texas A&M. We are
fortunate to have many opportunities for involvement available here
at the vet school. All of our clubs are student-run, as are
our fundraisers, the vet school's annual Open House, and
"businesses" such as PetFare (discount pet food for students and
faculty) and VESST (supplies and books). We have student
representatives for each of our corporate sponsors, such as
pharmaceutical and pet food companies. Many students hold
part-time jobs in labs or our teaching hospitals, and the list goes
on and on. Regardless of a student's interest, he or she will be
able to get involved in some form or fashion.
This year, I am a class officer, participating in several clubs,
and of course, working as an Ambassador. These experiences
are honing my "soft skills," such as communication skills,
teamwork, and leadership. In addition, these positions have
helped me become a part of this dynamic vet school community. Vet
school is a learning experience both in and out of the classroom
and I'm going to take full advantage of the opportunities for
involvement that come my way.