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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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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)

Last semester in college

Last semester in college I cannot believe spring semester is almost halfway over!  My last semester in college has gone by way too quickly, each year going by faster and faster. I just got back from a vet school interview last week and absolutely loved it!  The doctors were very impressed with the course work I have completed here as a BIMS major because of how similar the classes are to the classes I would take in professional school. It was a really different experience for me, as a Texas A&M tour guide, to tour a different vet school. I was especially happy to hear how much this school was trying to be more like our own college.  The opportunities that we have as BIMS and vet students at A&M are phenomenal; anything you want to do involving animals, the school can make it happen! (Read More)

Getting Down to the Issues

Getting Down to the Issues Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) sixth annual Legislative Fly-In.  This is a program that is offered to two or three veterinary students from each veterinary school around the nation to visit Capitol Hill and learn about how the AVMA’s Governmental Relations Division works, the current legislation that is currently affecting veterinary medicine, and the process of getting legislation passed—as well as how to keep legislation from being passed.  Students and veterinarians who attend also have the opportunity to visit their congressperson to discuss the issues that the AVMA would like to see passed or not passed. Current issues that are affecting the veterinary medical profession that the AVMA would like to see passed include the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act, which would make the actual act of soring illegal and make directing another person to make a horse become sore... (Read More)

Finding the Joy

Finding the Joy One of the moments during vet school orientation that clearly stands out in my mind is when Dr. Kenita Rogers, our associate dean for professional programs, stood up in front of us and told us to "Find the joy" in every day. Often, especially during first year, those three words are used somewhat sarcastically when we are swamped with tests and running on minimal amounts of sleep. During those weeks, sometimes it feels incredibly difficult to ferret out even a small amount of joy. But, what I finally learned second semester of first year is that finding the joy makes life so much better. The second year class just finished two difficult weeks consisting of five tests in a span of about nine days. Not exactly pleasant, but also not impossible. On top of that we still had to keep up with assignments due and we also tackled our first correlates case to practice for our third year clinical correlates class. As a general rule, I try not to stress mo... (Read More)

Clinics Cometh

Clinics Cometh Many aspects of third year are designed to prepare us for the fourth year curriculum—you perform surgeries for the first time, you take medicine courses so you have the smallest of clues of what is going on with these patients, and you spend some time in the hospitals. The third year class received our fourth year clinical schedules last week. The next year of my life is now planned out on a weekly basis. When I looked over my clinical schedule I was both excited and terrified. I was elated because it meant I’m only 11 short weeks away from getting out of the classroom chair I have been sitting in for the past three years. However, the terror came from the fact that I am now responsible for what I was supposed to be learning over my veterinary school career, beyond just taking a multiple-choice exam. Unfortunately, animals don’t come with A–D options on what could be causing their clinical signs and I would no longer be able to use the old vet ... (Read More)

The Tides are Turning

The Tides are Turning My first round of tests for the spring semester is almost officially over. The only hurdle I have left to conquer is biochemistry. I am completely anticipating near-sleepless nights in preparation for the exam (an unhealthy habit, I know!) As this semester progresses, however, I will be anticipating the receipt of my Aggie ring! After five and a half semesters of pouring over textbooks and endless amounts of that overpriced water the world formally knows as Starbucks, I can finally say I will be an owner of one of Aggieland’s most prized possessions. With graduation just a year away, I am fully aware of the fact that this period in my life will determine so much. But, my faith has certainly allowed me to face my impending future not with reproach or fear, but with eager anticipation. So, here’s to a successful semester! (Read More)

Getting That Piece of Gold

Getting That Piece of Gold Coming here as a non-Texas A&M student for vet school, I was worried I would not get to experience the traditions that come with being an Aggie.  However, this is not true AT ALL! Even though the vet school facilities are off in their own little world, separate from main campus to a certain extent, we get to be a part of the environment.  It starts the moment students drive into College Station, and continues up until the day we will graduate. It is using howdy to say hi, to the first football game in August, standing as the 12th Man and supporting your team with the rest of the town, even when it gets too hot in the Texas heat.  Then it’s the nights at Harry’s, dancing the night away.  Other traditions include attending Midnight Yell before every home football game, weekly Breakaway church services, and monthly Silver Taps. However, as a second year vet student, the next tradition I get to experience is ordering that... (Read More)

A Penny For Your Thoughts

A Penny For Your Thoughts Three weeks ago, the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences interviewed around 250 applicants for acceptance into the class of 2018. As an ambassador, I had the opportunity to give these prospective students tours of the college and the hospitals. During these tours, I was asked a variety of questions, from “What do they look for in an applicant?” to “How much do you really study?” to “Where is a good place to get a beer around here?” I thought I would take this opportunity to provide my thoughts on a few of these topics. First, let’s talk about getting into vet school. As with anything else, a number of factors come into play when they are selecting students for acceptance into the program. While there is more to each and every one of us than a test grade or a GRE score, these numbers are important when applying to a professional school. If you are interested in vet school, enjoy college, but be sure ... (Read More)

A Day in the life of a BIMS student

A Day in the life of a BIMS student Howdy! I want to take you through a day in the life of a biomedical science student! But before I start, I will give you a little information about me. I am currently a senior at Texas A&M University majoring in Biomedical Science. I am only taking biomedical physiology and statistics this semester and I am graduating this May! I plan to go to veterinary school to become a small veterinarian and I absolutely LOVE animals. Okay, so back to my day! This morning my alarm went off at 7 am. I think I pressed snooze about 5 times because I did not want to get up. I stayed up late last night reading for my physiology class, so I was really tired this morning. Once I got myself out of bed, I got ready for work, fed my kittens and guinea pigs, walked my dogs, and then ran out the door with a Monster Energy Drink® and a Fiber One® bar. Once I got to work, I finished up reading for my physiology class and reviewed some notes and then before I knew it, ... (Read More)

Time for a Reality Check

Time for a Reality Check And so my final semester in the classroom begins…I cannot believe that in a few short months the class of 2015 will be in our clinical year. Thinking about it now, I already feel overwhelmed, excited, tired, and wanting to grab on to my classroom seat and hold on for dear life because I know there is still so much to learn. That being said, I think about where I was this time last year, and it is amazing how far the class of 2015 has come. Third year is a surprisingly giant leap from second year, but a leap that sneaks up on you. I know I can speak for most of my class when I say we have all started to shift the way we think and speak and solve problems. When this happened? How it happened? I don’t think any of us could say. The change really sneaks up on you, and you listen to your conversations one day and suddenly you and your classmates sound like doctors. One of my favorite clinicians was teaching us feline medicine last week and did not... (Read More)