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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.