Fueling the Fire
My first semester as a veterinary student was a whirlwind
experience! I was finally living my dream and, ironically,
sometimes it didn’t seem like I was living.
Looking back and reflecting on all the time spent
studying truly amazes me. I learned so much new information,
information that will actually be useful when I land my dream job.
I surprised myself with how much stamina and drive I sometimes
didn’t know I had.
Surely, though, you won’t be surprised that the end of finals
was cause for celebration and relaxation!
The novelty and excitement of starting veterinary school wore
off and winter break was spent refueling. I returned to the clinic
where I got my start to immerse myself back in the clinic culture
and put my new knowledge to the test.
It was fun to see patients again and watch the veterinarians
care for them from a first-year students’ perspective. Watching
surgeries and actually knowing the anatomy or seeing a patient and
understanding the disease process justified all of the study time
and created excitement to return to Texas A&M for my second
As the second semester commences, it’s time to draw on
everything I learned about myself from last semester and the
experiences over winter break to finish my first year strong.
I will take things one week at a time. I will ask for help when
I need it. I will exercise regularly and feed my body well. I will
give each class my best effort. And I will be a second-year
veterinary student in just four short months!