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Finding the Joy

Finding the Joy Vet school is a dream come true for all of the students currently enrolled in Texas A&M’s College of Veterinary Medicine! Despite this, it can be easy to become bogged down in exams, personal struggles, and commitments, at times, especially at the end of the semester as finals approach. This is why since starting school, many of us have taken to heart a concept explained to us during our first-year orientation. “Find the Joy” is a mantra that has been repeated more times than I can count. Whenever my class has been overwhelmed with a particularly challenging exam or week, someone has always reminded us to find the joy; it is a reminder to look at the little things in life that make you happy to bring you back to perspective that your struggles will pass and are not as insurmountable as you currently think they are. And that no matter what, there is joy in your life, if only you seek to find it. Each semester, right before finals week,... (Read More)

Celebrating the Small Things

Celebrating the Small Things Veterinary school is tough, but it is so worth it. The best part of school is getting to finally learn about what you have wanted to learn about for so long—veterinary medicine. When you can look at what you are learning and then apply it to something you have seen when you have shadowed or worked previously, it makes class so much fun. After so many days of class and lab, though, vet school also can be exhausting. It is hard to maintain that same excitement you had during orientation; you forget to look at the things you are learning and see a clinical application. Instead, you see another topic to study before your first test. One thing that I have learned from this year, my first in vet school, is to celebrate the small things. There are so many times when I wish that I had gotten a better grade on a test or that I had more time to sleep, but when I walk into school everyday and remind myself that I get to go to vet school, I have such a ... (Read More)

Class Schedule, Exams, and Stress

Class Schedule, Exams, and Stress Recently, on a veterinary school tour, I heard this question: “How does the class schedule look like?” I rarely get asked this—I'm more commonly asked how hard it is to get into veterinary school—but this is an important question, because, in my opinion, I think that it is harder to complete a DVM degree than it is to get accepted to veterinary school. To start, we can look at my spring veterinary class schedule and how I am dealing with this hectic routine. I start the week with Monday, 8 a.m. exams and end with my Friday, 3 p.m. class. My daily studying hours are blocked from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., or perhaps more like 3 a.m. Not being a morning person, this is a real challenge. It is important to know your learning style and quickly implement a study routine. This will save time for studying and will increase time for sleep. If you want to attend vet school, you need to get ready to put in that many study hours. The exam schedule usually b... (Read More)

Taking Time to Enjoy the Little Things

Taking Time to Enjoy the Little Things I feel that as I’ve gotten older, time has gone by much quicker. Days pass by in what feels like minutes, months fly by in hours, and years fly by in weeks. Throughout high school and even into college, I felt that I didn’t appreciate the time as it was happening; it felt like I was just focusing test to test, one event to the next, but I didn’t appreciate the things that were happening every day. Now that I’m in veterinary school, I’m trying to change that mindset, to not look at a professor’s material as “boring” just because it isn’t the subject matter that I’m interested in, to not complain about waking up early or staying up late, but to enjoy where I’m at. I feel that I’m fortunate to be here and to complain about the little things doesn’t allow me to be appreciative of the opportunities I have been given. Naturally, one of the ways I found to stay grounded and to stop looking to the future was getting a puppy. Now, sure, when he was goi... (Read More)

A Girl and Her Dog

A Girl and Her Dog February 23, 2010 started off as a very normal day.  I was at the Town Lake Animal Center in Austin, volunteering for Austin Pets Alive, an incredible rescue organization that finds homes for dogs at risk of euthanasia.  While walking the aisles lined by kennels, peering in to see the sad faces of the dogs that ended up there, I came across kennel 127 where a scruffy, brown dog wearing a red bandana stood staring at me.  His information sheet said that he was an 8 month old wire haired fox terrier mix that came to the shelter as a stray.  I couldn't pass him by, so I leaned down to say hello, totally unaware of the fact that this little dog would soon be a huge part of my life. I happened to finish my tasks for the rescue organization early, so I decided to take number 127 out to play.  From that moment on, there was no going back.  Number 127, who later became known as Oliver, had captured my heart.  I returned ... (Read More)