Looking Forward to my Last Break
This upcoming Christmas break will be my last as
a student, as my peers and I will be entering clinics immediately
after the conclusion of the third-year veterinary curriculum. I
have been meticulously planning to get the most out of the
four-week break, during which I will be spending two weeks doing a
veterinary externship in Dallas and the remaining time traveling
with family and friends.
Externships offer students an exciting opportunity to spend two
to six weeks under a direct doctor mentorship to apply the clinical
skills obtained during the first three years of veterinary school
and ease the transition from classroom to clinical practice. I am
really looking forward to the externship experience, as I feel more
confident interpreting blood work and other laboratory data than I
have ever been.
Needless to say, I am also very excited to travel! My advice to
all future students is that you should use your free time to travel
spontaneously. Whether it is visiting distant families out of state
or going on a road trip with your significant other, it will
greatly enhance your soul! I definitely plan on spending a lot of
time with my family this winter break, since I wont be able to
visit them very often during my fourth year.
But until then, everyone is buckling down and preparing for our
final exams. Stress is high, but I am grateful to have such great,
supportive classmates and faculty members who are always there to
help us succeed. Good luck on finals, everybody!