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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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Match Day

Match Day February 1st is always a significant day for pre-med students in Texas. For hopeful Texas medical school students, this day is known as Match Day and it is something that we look forward to with both excitement and anxiety. It’s on this day that we find out if we actually made it into medical school and where exactly we will be going for the next four years. As applicants, we begin work on our applications starting in May of the previous year and we spend the entire summer and fall waiting for and attending interview days at the various schools around Texas. I’m very grateful to say that on Match Day I was lucky enough to be accepted into the Class of 2021 at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston! As one can imagine, I’m very excited for this opportunity, but I’m also proud of how I got here. I came to Texas A&M as an undergraduate Biomedical Sciences major in the fall of 2013. I had my mind set—or so I thought—on becoming a ... (Read More)

Looking to the Future

Looking to the Future Wow! I've finally reached the last semester of my college career. When they tell you, "the four years goes by in the blink of a eye,” listen, because it's definitely true. I remember my freshman year as if it was just yesterday. Now, I'm preparing to apply for dental school and to obtain my dental assistant license. I know 2017 will be my  year! I’ll graduate from Texas A&M and begin a new chapter of my life practicing dental assistant medicine.   As the semester gets going, I begin to realize how close I am to the finish line. I'm taking my final major science course, Physiology, which I know will be the most difficult course yet. However, I'm determined to finish strong. Over the past couple of semesters, I've improved my study strategies which resulted in a significant increase in my GPA.  Although I still did well in my freshman and sophomore courses, those grades weren't going to make me a competitive dental ... (Read More)

Third Year Responsibilities

Third Year Responsibilities It is the beginning of the spring semester and already I have learned more information than my brain can process in each 24-hour period and have spent more time in school than I have at home. With no summer break to look forward to and the forlorn feeling of having finished winter break; it’s hard not to already want to check out. However, every day that we learn new things that build off of my previous years’ knowledge, I begin to realize just how far I’ve come since first year and how much I’ve actually learned. It really is incredible to think about my undergraduate days long ago and how much I thought I knew about veterinary medicine versus today and how much I truly do know. While I’d like to say that retaining information and studying for tests are the only things I have to be worried about this semester, I would be lying to you. Third year is a special kind of stress—you have more hands-on time, more “out of class” time, less tests, and ... (Read More)

One More Go

One More Go This is my last semester as an undergraduate BIMS major. It’s crazy how fast these past four years have gone. It’s funny how you always hear about how fast time flies by, but you never really believe it until you experience it yourself. One of the best aspects of being a BIMS ambassador is getting to speak to lower classmen and prospective students. I have always loved getting to talk to people and see why they want to come to Texas A&M or about why they chose BIMS as their major. I also try to give advice whenever I feel like I can help another student out. Last semester, I met a young freshman girl on the bus to the vet school. She was super nervous for her Intro to Histology class and was asking me advice on how to study, since I told her that I was a TA for that exact course for a year the year before. We said good-bye as I gave her my number in case she ever had more questions for me. This past week she texted me and asked me for a... (Read More)

Winter Break

Winter Break Happy end of the semester everyone! Hopefully, everyone did great on their finals. I know mine definitely had some room for improvement, but as we all prepare for the weeks of hopefully nothing, let's leave that in the past. No matter how you did, be sure to give yourself some credit for sticking it through. Now we're one semester closer to graduation! Whether that means one step closer to the “real world,” or one step closer to another educational program, it is still exciting. Every semester I say it was the fastest yet, and every semester this holds true. I don't know your specific plans for this winter break, but I wish the best to all of you. For myself, I know my Christmas will be filled with all the great smells, and foods the holiday times classically promise us. I can barely contain my excitement for the afternoons spent with family, rather than the afternoons spent with my poorly written notes. The only thing standing between me and a ... (Read More)

Reflections at the Semester’s End

Reflections at the Semester’s End Finals are just around the corner, and as crazy as it is to believe, I am going to miss this semester. Not only did I get to take difficult yet intriguing classes, such as anatomy and immunology, but I got to be involved in clubs and have leadership roles that stretched my abilities and caused me to grow. Going home for Thanksgiving, I realized how different my college life is from my home life, but it is for the better. Being home, I can feel myself getting into the rut of being the same person I was in high school. While this isn’t a bad thing, it isn’t the person that I am now after two and a half years of college. I have learned to build friendships and study until I feel like I will pass out, and being home doesn’t bring any of those characteristics out of me. I am thankful that I realized it now because it allows me to be thankful for the community that I have here in College Station and to best prepare to go home to something that is d... (Read More)

How Time Flies

How Time Flies Changing the calendar from November to December signifies two very important upcoming events in my life—final exams and family time! Only five finals and a 2,000-mile journey separate me from a month-long break back home in California. And like any eager and excited 1VM, you can be sure that I'll be packing my fancy stethoscope that Texas Veterinary Medical Association gifted each of us back in August at orientation! After all, there is a dog, horse, and two goats at home just waiting for me to practice my physical examination skills on them. But, don't go thinking that I'll be spending every waking moment of my break in veterinary student mode! In addition to "Proud 1VM," I acquired another special title this semester: maid of honor. My very best friend, who just so happens to also be my identical twin sister, recently became engaged while on vacation in Iceland! So, as one could imagine, I have all sorts of wedding planning to help with when ... (Read More)

Anatomy as a Third Language

Anatomy as a Third Language On the first Gross Anatomy laboratory day amongst my classmates, I felt like I was Harry Potter on his first day at Hogwarts. Harry Potter wore a black coat, while I was in white. He carried the magic wand, and I had my dissection kit. Mr. Potter went to “Gryffindor” and I went to “Table 16.” I find that learning the name of each structure in the body is frustrating but can also be fun. I didn’t grow up using English as my primary and first language. I have been living in the United State for nine years. Learning English as a second language is hard but I will always love learning languages. So, now I am learning my third language – Anatomy. I really like how the Gross Anatomy structure is set up at Texas A&M Veterinary School. The professor sets the weekly objectives, which we use as guidelines to accomplish each week. The first objective of each week is to study Greek and Latin root words and their combining forms. Knowing what those ro... (Read More)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! HAPPY THANKSGIVING!! I am sitting here writing this while on break because that’s what veterinary students do on break. We work. But have no fear, we do a lot of other fun things to! I was especially looking forward to this break because of one thing I severely lack in veterinary school, and that is sleep. Want to know what I am doing this break? Sleeping, eating, watching TV, and sleeping. There are even some naps I already have planned. You might be asking, “Aren’t finals just around the corner?” Well, yes, yes they are. But who can think about finals when you have turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, sweet potatoes, and rolls sitting on the table. There are also many football games to be watched this weekend. Worrying about finals will just have to wait until Monday. I will share with you one very cool wet lab I was able to attend this past month. A wet lab is basically a hands on animal lab. If you read my last post, I talked about my trip ... (Read More)

Winding Down

Winding Down Thanksgiving break is fast approaching, which means that the semester will be over in the blink of an eye! I am very much looking forward to Thanksgiving break, and being able to spend time with my family and enjoy the delicious Thanksgiving meal that my mother always prepares! The five days of break will provide me with some much-needed rest and relaxation and will help me to return to school focused and ready to conquer my final exams! I have really enjoyed this semester; it has probably been my favorite thus far. The schedule has been amazing, and has provided me with free time to relax and enjoy more activities outside of school. One of my favorite parts of this semester has been the Clinical Correlates rotations that we have participated in. Second year Clinical Correlates has provided us with several opportunities to practice a variety of skills like venipuncture and physical exams on horses, goats, and exotic animals. My absolute favor... (Read More)