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To 4th year and beyond

We are wrapping up another semester. It amazes me to think of how fast it has gone by. This past week we had our final class-wide event, a Vet School Prom. It was a great success! We hope that future classes will continue the prom tradition to foster camaraderie among all the classes.

Tuesday, I am scheduled to take my fourth year photo (our white coat photos). Today is two weeks to the day before we start fourth year clinics. I can’t believe it! It seems like just yesterday I was in El Paso working as a technician, waiting for my big break—that I would get into the veterinary program and out of El Paso. I remember being excited, but nervous to start a life somewhere else. I knew nothing of life outside the dusty mountains of El Paso.

I look around at my classmates and we have all grown so close. Just a few years ago I didn’t know one of them from Adam. Now, I can’t imagine them not in my life. Don’t get me wrong: we all ready to get out of school, but not seeing any one of the 130 individuals to whom I’ve gotten so attached causes solemn feelings.  Those same feelings of being nervous and excited have returned. I know we will all see each other again in the future at conference meetings, and some of us will even practice in the same towns.  I will miss my classmates and the professionals and staff of this college and I will miss College Station.

Back when I was in El Paso, just embarking on my journey toward veterinary medicine, I was told to “work hard and get good grades, and you will get in.” I carry this advice with me today and if you haven’t already heard this, I’m telling you now. I believe following these simple words will get you where you want to go. Work hard and be kind; with these actions, you will go far.