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Time for a Reality Check

And so my final semester in the classroom begins…I cannot believe that in a few short months the class of 2015 will be in our clinical year. Thinking about it now, I already feel overwhelmed, excited, tired, and wanting to grab on to my classroom seat and hold on for dear life because I know there is still so much to learn. That being said, I think about where I was this time last year, and it is amazing how far the class of 2015 has come.

Third year is a surprisingly giant leap from second year, but a leap that sneaks up on you. I know I can speak for most of my class when I say we have all started to shift the way we think and speak and solve problems. When this happened? How it happened? I don’t think any of us could say. The change really sneaks up on you, and you listen to your conversations one day and suddenly you and your classmates sound like doctors.

One of my favorite clinicians was teaching us feline medicine last week and did not hesitate to mention that in 16 months we will be seeing patients on our own. Immediately, the entire class got the “deer in the headlights” look. 16 months? Wow.

That is enough about my reality check that I have been experiencing the last few weeks; there is a pretty exciting event happening this weekend that needs to be mentioned. Even though I am a girl, the Super Bowl is one of my favorite days of the year! Bittersweet really. I love football, so a chance to watch the two best teams (Go Broncos!) go head to head is super exciting. BUT, I love football, so it means I have to wait so long for the next season. This is the first year since I have been in vet school that we have not had an exam the Monday after Super Bowl Sunday. I never thought it would happen; my whole class is excited that we can actually watch and enjoy the Super Bowl this year. It’s the little things in life….