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Reflections on the First Semester of Third Year

Reflections on the First Semester of Third Year Finals week has come and gone, and I have five semesters of veterinary school under my belt! Now that I'm enjoying the last winter break of my vet school career, I have time to reflect on this past semester. The third year curriculum is unique in that we transition from the first two years of studying individual areas of veterinary medicine (anatomy, physiology, parasitology) to combining all these topics into medicine courses. For example, in our small animal medicine class this semester, we integrated our knowledge of the anatomy, histology, physiology, and radiology to learn about orthopedic diseases in companion animals. After our lectures on orthopedic medicine, we had a hands-on lab in which we learned to perform an orthopedic exam on our personal pets as well as practicing splinting and bandaging techniques commonly utilized after orthopedic surgery. I was finally able to integrate all that I had learned over the course of the first two ... (Read More)

Stronger than I Thought

Stronger than I Thought The first semester of my sophomore year is done, and I can’t believe it. The semester was definitely a challenge, but I can honestly say that I’ve enjoyed myself more than I could ever imagine. From becoming BIMS Ambassador to becoming an officer for the African Students Association, I have met people who have only made this semester easier. This semester taught me something about myself: I’m much stronger than I think. Even when situations looked like they were going to tear me apart or when the amount of studying made me feel like I was going to burst, I didn’t, and I’m proud and so grateful. Looking back at my first semester of freshman year, I was timid, shy, and always worried. Now, I am confident in myself and confident in my purpose. I wake up each day reminding myself that there’s a reason why I’m alive and everything that I do should be geared towards that reason. One thing that I’ve learned is that everything will be okay as long as y... (Read More)

Happy Holidays Y’all!

Happy Holidays Y’all! The holidays are finally here and Christmas is just around the corner. Honestly, it feels like we started this semester, I closed my eyes for a brief moment, and now it’s over! Veterinary school finals have come and gone and I have survived them once again…WHOOP! For me, finals week and the weeks leading up to it are always a time of simultaneous excitement and dread. There is the eager anticipation of Christmas break, which brings so many wonderful things such as seeing family, eating too much food, shopping, staying up late catching up with old friends, and perhaps my favorite activity of all: getting to sleep as much as I want! But, in order to reach this blissful state of relaxation I must traverse (what feels like) an insurmountable obstacle. Final examinations are stressful no matter what school you attend, your program of study, or the stage of your education. Vet school final examinations, though, are a beast of their own. The sheer vol... (Read More)

The Semester is Almost Over!!

The Semester is Almost Over!! Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, and it was great. All three of my classes the Wednesday before Thanksgiving were cancelled, which never happens for me. Usually classes are cancelled for everyone else, but finally mine were! I got to see my family, eat lots of turkey and pumpkin pie, and go to the Texas A&M football game. Also when I was home I was decorating for Christmas, which is always fun because Christmas is my other favorite holiday. Our house is officially decorated. It was a little bit of a tease because I was at home for a couple days and I did not have to worry about school as much as I usually have to. It isn’t all bad, though, because I have had some other fun since Thanksgiving, like meeting Reveille! It is her last year before she retires, so as I was walking across Rudder Plaza, I saw her and had to get a picture with her! She is so sweet, but after all her years of being the first lady, it is a well-deserved retire... (Read More)

’Tis the Season so be Jolly

’Tis the Season so be Jolly   It’s finals season in Aggieland, and for veterinary students, finals can be a bit overwhelming. This is especially true for first- and second-year students, who have five, six, or even seven finals. Even fourth year students in clinics are taking their national boards. The rest of their life all compiled into one test…Yikes! No one is safe this season from stress. But, the best thing about vet school is that everyone knows the struggle you’re in. Whether they were taking that test last year, they are testing with you this year, or they will be experiencing the challenges next year, we all have a common bond and stick together when the going gets tough. No doubt vet school is hard, but with amazing classmates, professors, and this being the most amazing profession in the world, every struggle is worth it. But don’t think we’ve forgotten how to be jolly! My birthday is coming up later in December, and having the most wonderful friend... (Read More)

Last Home Game for Reveille VIII

Last Home Game for Reveille VIII My favorite Texas A&M tradition is definitely the tradition of Reveille. That could be because I’m in veterinary school and I love dogs, but it’s also because she is the first lady of Aggieland and the highest-ranking member of the Corps of Cadets. One of the traditions with Reveille is if Reveille decides to sleep on a cadet's bed, that cadet is required to sleep on the floor. Another tradition is if Reveille barks during a class, the professor is supposed to dismiss the class. Thursday night was Reveille VIII’s last home game before she retires. Even though Texas A&M lost against LSU, it was still a special game for Miss Rev. One of my favorite parts about Aggie football games is when Reveille sprints across the field with her handler before the game starts. Her handler this year, Ryan Kreider, became famous during the SMU game this season when he protected Reveille by jumping in front of one of the SMU football players. It was an... (Read More)


BTHO FINALS! Another down, three more to go! The first semester of my junior year has almost come and gone, and I am excited for what is yet to come. Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and though sadly I will not be going home, I have scored tickets to the Thanksgiving game against LSU, where I will be happily spectating on the first deck. Whoop! In college, one life lesson you will come to experience, time and time again, is sacrifice. One must sometimes sacrifice time with family and friends to ensure success in classes. During this time of the year, students staying at the library until the wee hours of the morning are a common occurrence. By staying focused until the semester comes to an end, I am hoping not to be one of those unlucky individuals. After it is all said I done, I will be able to breathe a little easier and enjoy the next holiday with my family. In the meantime, I wish anyone reading this the best of luck, and to BTHO finals! Looking ahead, my s... (Read More)

Looking Forward and Behind

Looking Forward and Behind This semester has flown by, and it is very surreal to me that there are only three weeks left. With everything coming to a close, it’s amazing to look back and realize just how much I have learned and all the amazing experiences I have had. I have learned how to become confident in my surgical abilities (even if I'm still a little slow). I have learned how to keep calm in stressful situations. I have learned to trust my gut. I have learned how to give a deer a physical exam. I was able to stand next to an elephant and give it a physical (they're surprisingly hairy and HUGE). I have learned how to work on colics. I have experienced being called in at 10 o'clock at night to help work on a horse. I am still learning how to think like a doctor. With just one semester standing between me and clinics, I can feel myself becoming more confident in my abilities and my capability to handle clinics in May. At the beginning of the semeste... (Read More)

Hello Excitement, Meet Nostalgia

Hello Excitement, Meet Nostalgia Four weeks, one day, one hour and 18 minutes until I graduate, but really, who’s counting? It seems so surreal that in such a relatively short amount of time I’m going to be officially done with my undergraduate career. Conversations like this have become a seemingly everyday occurrence: “So are you graduating anytime soon?” “Yes actually! In December!” “You must be so excited!! Do you know what you’re going to do after?” I mumble some noncommittal answer as I slyly try to extract myself from the conversation. They’re right, I am excited. At least, I was, until I had to say my first goodbye to the kids I volunteer with and explain how I would not be back the following semester. Suddenly that excitement that had carried me through a majority of the semester abandoned me and in its place, nostalgia made its home. I remember all the things people told me about college when I was first starting. The usual clichés such as, "it will be one... (Read More)

Thankfulness and Survival: The End is in Sight!

Thankfulness and Survival: The End is in Sight! With the last round of exams before finals coming to a close, you’d be hard pressed to find a first-year student who isn’t in shock at how far we have come in such a short time. When I realize we only have a few short weeks left of the first semester, I almost can’t believe it. It has been a difficult, but so very rewarding journey so far, and though the thought of finals is fairly stressful, I am overwhelmed with a sense of relief. We’ve made it. We’ve learned so much more than I ever thought we could in such a short time. This first year alone has opened so many doors. Just last week, I learned how to spay a chicken in a ZEW (Zoo, Exotics, and Wildlife Medicine) club skills lab, and I got to learn how to handle birds of prey. For an avid owl enthusiast, and an aspiring avian veterinarian, handling a great horned owl during that demonstration has been the highlight of my experiences so far. Looking into the near future, next week brings with... (Read More)