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The Student Perspectives blog is a fresh and realistic snapshot of the life of veterinary medical and biomedical science students.
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Time needs to slow down just a touch

Time needs to slow down just a touch Today is the white coat ceremony for the second year class. I remember that day so well last year, and I remember thinking, "What on earth am I getting this white coat for? It will be forever until I am in the clinics; I mean, I understand the symbolism, but I am still going to be sitting in a classroom for a while," etc., etc. Now I just want to slam on the breaks because we will be in the clinics in a short 30 days, and even though they say we are ready, I am hesitant. It is now time to leave the comfort of our padded chairs, PowerPoints, dark classrooms, coffee breaks, naps, and basic hermitage in these walls right outside the clinics, time to enter into the public eye and work with owners to help their pets be happy and healthy.  It has also been more evident over the last few weeks that the clinicians are teaching us differently. They are not focusing on the books and what those books say about diseases; they know we can read at thi... (Read More)

Getting Our White Coats

Getting Our White Coats This Friday is a very big day for second year vet students. I and every other second year vet student are looking forward to getting our white coats. Our white coats mark the halfway point in our vet school career and symbolize not only how far we have come, but also what we have to look forward to in the next two years. Our white coats are what we will wear when we are in clinics, seeing actual patients, talking to actual clients, and using the amazing education that we have been given. The White Coat Ceremony is similar to graduation in that we all line up alphabetically and cross the stage one by one. Instead of receiving a diploma, though, our professors present us with our white coat and actually “coat” us by helping us put it on. It is attended by our family members, and I am very excited to get to see my family when they get here on Friday. I have been looking forward to this moment pretty much since I began vet school, and I am so excit... (Read More)

Realizations and the MCAT

Realizations and the MCAT We are about halfway through the semester! As each day creeps by, I realize even more how much I completely underestimated the rigor of some of my courses. However, I know I can pull through. It’s just not in me to give up. Something I’ve been learning throughout the year is that there’s a blessing in every lesson, and everything I and other pre-health students are enduring right now is just preparation for future success. In more school-related news, the MCAT has definitely been a pervasive thought in my head for the past few weeks. I know insecurity is something many people face when prepping to take the test, but I literally take a few minutes every day to just imagine the importance the test has in determining whether I get into medical school or not. Anyone who knows me knows that for a while when asked what track I am, I generally replied with “pre-medipharmacy” due to my inability to decide whether I wanted to pursue pharmacy or medic... (Read More)

Open House

Open House On March 29th, Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences will be opening up their doors for the 21st annual Vet School Open House.  The event first started as petting zoo to help show off the college and over the years it has developed into a grand day of events.  Anyone is welcome to come, and there are activities for all ages. So, what actually goes on at Open House? In the weeks leading up to the event, vet students judge art projects submitted by K-12 students, and the results are then displayed in the halls of the school.  There are exhibits and lectures indoors, such as a question and answer session with vet students, where individuals can ask pretty much anything—including what a veterinarian actually does.  Also, Search and Rescue Dogs 101, training and behavior tips, and nutritional information for cats and dogs can be found in the lecture halls of rooms 5 and 201. There are many exhib... (Read More)

Learning to Love a Cat

Learning to Love a Cat Since I was a kid, I have always been a "dog-person." I would say that I didn't mind cats, but that would be a lie. I hated cats, almost as much as my terrier, Oliver, hated them. In fact, if I spotted a cat on one of our walks, I would sharply ask Oliver, "where's the cat?!" so he could go searching for it (but never actually getting close enough to touch). I couldn't get over the fact that they used the bathroom in the house, walked in it, and then walked anywhere they wanted, including the kitchen counters.  Given how I felt about cats, my friends and family were surprised when I announced that I had adopted a 1-month-old kitten named Callie.  She had managed to crawl into the bottom of my car, and I had driven down the highway for about 10 minutes without knowing she was there.  She clearly was a stray and needed a home, so I decided to give her a shot. Plus, she clearly was spunky enough to hang on during the 60 mph ride, so I... (Read More)

What’s my plan after graduation?

What’s my plan after graduation? Howdy Ags! I hope everyone had a wonderful spring break!! I definitely did, and I was not looking forward to going back to classes. BUT look on the bright side: only a little less than two more months of classes until the semester is over AND I graduate! As happy as I am to graduate I am so scared at the same time because now I am a grown up and it’s time to get a job! So what’s my plan? I’m glad you asked! Unfortunately, I did not get into vet school at Texas A&M. However, I did get an interview to Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine in Tennessee. I am still waiting to hear a decision from them, so in the meantime I am applying to get my master’s degree, just in case I don’t get into vet school. It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to get my master’s in. At one point I wanted to get it in social work, then I thought about getting it in public heath, and then I thought about getting it in biomedical scienc... (Read More)

Spring Break!

Spring Break! Spring Break is officially underway! Like all vet students, I was counting down the days until I had a week all to myself.  The second year class finished another long week of tests, and by the end, I was ready for a break! After wrapping up class on Friday, a couple of my friends and I went to see Frozen (which I highly recommend!) and ate lunch.  It was the perfect way to begin to decompress and rediscover this foreign concept of "free time".  My plans for the rest of the week include fishing at Lake Bryan (weather permitting), planning my wedding, seeing friends, and reading at least one book for fun. But, as much as I love free time, when the time comes to start class again I'll be ready to finish the rest of the semester.  My classmates and I have several things to look forward to as we wrap up second year.  In April, my class will get our white coats at a special White Coat Ceremony... (Read More)

Finally Spring Break

Finally Spring Break It's finally Spring Break and I don't know about you guys, but I have been counting down to this for the past month. Every late night study session and challenging test in these past couple of weeks has brought us exactly to this week of pure, unadulterated FREEDOM. Except it's kind of not. Many of us (read "most of us") still have quite a comprehensive to-do list for the break, most of which consists of assignments our professors sneaked in as we studied for our second round of exams. No worries, though: in the end, we get a week off from classes to give our bodies the rest and recuperation they both need and deserve. Whether your version of recuperation consists of sunning on the beach 24/7 or lazing about the house with no pants on, do it, and do it as often as possible. We have worked hard this semester and have earned this break. So between the graduate school application you're completing, post-break exam you're studying for, room organiz... (Read More)

Countdown to Spring Break

Countdown to Spring Break I'm not sure if you've heard—but Spring Break is ALMOST here! We are nine weeks into the semester and this break will be well deserved. For us first year veterinary students, the only thing standing in our way is a neurology quiz and a microbiology test. I'm not sure if studying is easier or harder, knowing that the break is so soon! I am going to San Antonio, my hometown, for the week. I am looking forward to spending time with family and friends, as well as some good Mexican food. The weather looks to be nice, especially compared to our little winter blast! I will definitely be using the time to recharge and get ready for the last half of second semester. It's crazy, but for the Class of 2017, the end of first year is in sight! (Read More)

Figuring out the Rest of my Life

Figuring out the Rest of my Life Hello! Well, it is that time again. I’m soon entering my last leg of the veterinary school tour. My class has only a few months left until our clinical year starts. I am officially over studying for exams—I want to study to learn it, not to cram it. I want to apply the knowledge we have learned and soon I will have the chance! With the next chapter of my life soon opening, my thoughts have turned toward life in practice versus life in school. I am currently trying to decide where I want to practice. Houston, San Antonio, the Dallas area: all of these places are options. My parents live in Denver, Colorado, so that too is an option. Having so many possibilities makes the decision more challenging. I have also over the last year considered applying for a clinical pathology residency, which would be another three years. I also have been thinking more about my family and working in the “real world.” The real world is a different lifestyle with ... (Read More)