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New Year, New Mindset

New Year, New Mindset The same old saying of "New Year, New You" really is one of my least favorite sayings. Instead, I like to think of it as a new year, new mindset. Every year we create goals and ambitions for the start of the semester, and as life gets a little chaotic, we tend to forget those goals or think they are unreachable. So instead of trying to change who I am and my life style, I decided I am going to change my mindset. I’ve set out to have a more positive outlook on life, and instead of adding more things to my plate (as a veterinary student, that is a lot), I’m going to focus on how to rearrange the plate to make it less full. By being more positive and looking at the silver lining, I hope my life can be more focused on the “what can I do to make it better” versus the “this day really stunk.” In order to do this, there are apps that send me daily affirmations and positivity quotes to start my week. The positivity train doesn’t stop there—I have decided I will try ... (Read More)

Back in Texas

Back in Texas I can’t believe I’m back in the United States! Studying abroad in Costa Rica for four months really felt like a dream now that I’m looking back. I experienced so many things there that I could have never experienced here in Texas: trudging through the rainforest, walking through so much rain that my rainboots filled up to the brim, seeing thousands of sea turtles come up to the beaches to lay their eggs, and so much more. It’s hard to describe how wonderful studying abroad is, and despite its ups and downs, I loved studying in Costa Rica! It feels weird that I’m here taking classes with hundreds of people in a classroom rather than the 12 people I’ve gotten close with during the trip. It also feels weird that I’m not surrounded by the rainforest. As much as I want to go back to Costa Rica, it wouldn’t be the same, since I would be considered a tourist rather than someone who has lived in Costa Rica for four months. Plus, I really missed Vietnamese food, s... (Read More)

My Last Semester in a Classroom

My Last Semester in a Classroom I’ve just started my last semester in the traditional veterinary classroom curriculum. It’s honestly a little weird to think that by this time next year I will have been in a hospital setting for more than half a year and will be just months away from being able to call myself “doctor.” Over the winter break, I worked at a clinic that I have been at for years. These doctors and technicians have known me since I was a young, wide-eyed pre-vet student in undergrad, and I joke that they basically raised me in this medical aspect of my life. During this break, I found that the doctors included me more in discussing patient treatment plans and case rounds and technicians would ask my opinion on diagnostics in comparison to the things that I have learned thus far in veterinary school. It’s an interesting situation to find myself agreeing or questioning medical decisions that I am asked to fulfill because I now actually have some limited understand... (Read More)

Fueling the Fire

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 ... (Read More)

Touring my own School

Touring my own School As a veterinary student, I am in an environment in which I am constantly learning, so it is a nice change in pace to teach someone else. As an Ambassador, I get to teach people about the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) every time I give a tour. Currently, as I am writing this, I just finished my third semester of veterinary school, and after this week I will be finishing my first full semester of being an Ambassador! Being an Ambassador has been such a joy and has been a nice change in pace because I get to greet and interact with people outside of my classmates! I went to Texas A&M for four years to get my Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical sciences before I was accepted into veterinary school. I had taken most of my classes in the old veterinary school, but the beautiful new building was open for veterinary students and undergraduates, alike, to utilize at the beginning of my senior year. Even... (Read More)

The Drive

The Drive As I am driving along State Highway 21 from College Station back to Dallas for winter break, I am feeling both joy and anxiety. Nantika (far left) and her surgical team My friend’s words are stuck in my head: “We are 5/8 doctor!” as we just finished our fifth semester in veterinary school. The joyful part is that I’m more than half way through my veterinary education; the anxiety-laden part is that there are only three semesters left before I become a doctor and go out into the real world. It feels like it was just yesterday when I drove along this highway from Dallas to College Station for my vet school interview. Five semesters have gone by very fast. However, it has laid a very strong foundation. The highlight of this semester was the surgery class. It was stressful, but I gained more confidence after each surgery laboratory, which includes a surgery group of three students rotating weekly through the roles of surgeon, assista... (Read More)

Vet School: Myths vs. Reality

Vet School: Myths vs. Reality So, you want to go to veterinary school? If, like I have, you have been dreaming of being a veterinarian for basically your entire life, then I’m sure you’ve heard all sorts of things about vet school. Now that I've finished my first semester at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, I wanted to debunk two major myths I had heard before starting vet school. Myth No 1: Vet school is extremely competitive and cutthroat. No one will want to help you, and it will be really hard to make friends. Reality: This is FAR from the truth. In the past four months, I have made some of the best friends I have ever had—something about spending 12-plus hours together every single day really does it to you. Our class Facebook page is FULL of shared study materials, reviews people have made, online flashcards, reminders, and important information professors have mentioned in classes or review sessions. We al... (Read More)

Looking into the Future

Looking into the Future So, the good news is the semester is finally almost over! However, that also means I must make it through finals first. The past couple of weeks have been extremely busy and filled with tons of information, but it’s all important to know for my future. As I plan to attend veterinary school, I’m beginning to take more rigorous courses geared toward my specific career path, so my classes are getting more interesting than the typical core curriculum classes. I’m majoring in biomedical sciences, which helps to get a lot of the veterinary school prerequisites out of the way, but my schedule is always busy. After this semester, I will have completed my first semester of my second year here at Texas A&M, and man, it’s been an experience. I’ve heard people say college is the best time of your life, and so far, it’s been really fun but full of busy schedules and lots of classes to study for. With that said, it can get really busy when finals ... (Read More)

My Strongest Supporter

My Strongest Supporter When I was an undergraduate, I adopted a high-energy shepherd mix named Addie from a local shelter, and she quickly became my partner in crime and strongest supporter. I had plenty of time to expend her endless energy, even between work and school commitments. But I knew going into veterinary school that I was going to assume a lot more responsibility and have much less time to spend with her; I was worried that it would add extra stress to my life and not be fair to her. Soon after beginning veterinary school, however, I realized that having a dog while in vet school was the best choice for me. Even after a long day, she constantly manages to make me smile when I get home. She’s the best kind of study buddy because she’s always supportive and doesn’t judge if I get it wrong. She has also helped me build relationships with other students with dogs. And, most importantly, she reminds me to make time for brain breaks, whether that be taking... (Read More)

My Friendsgiving

My Friendsgiving While Thanksgiving is now over, the Thanksgiving day is a great reminder to appreciate for the little things. One thing that I really appreciate is lifelong friendship. After two and a half years at the veterinary school, I have met great friends who are going to be my colleagues one day. It is amazing to be around people who share the same interest and passion as I do. A few days ago, we shared our third anniversary of celebrating "Friendsgiving" together. It was a good excuse for us to forget about exams and quizzes for a little bit and just enjoy having a good time with friends. Every year, it is at Emily’s house, and I thank her for offering her place and not minding her house getting messy afterward. Because it is a potluck event, everyone is encouraged to bring a dish. I made my "famous" corn bread using my secret recipe. I also made some creamed corn. I was excited to have holiday dishes that I enjoyed last year, such as Annie’s gre... (Read More)