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.