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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 to Spring Back into Action

Time to Spring Back into Action The spring semester has just started for veterinary students like myself, whereas the undergrad students have one more week of freedom. I am excited to start this new semester, because this is the last set of classes I will ever have to take. Also, these are mostly classes I have chosen to sign up for, things that sparked my interest at the end of last year. Even though I am taking a lot of electives, which makes for a very busy semester, I am ready to see what each and every one of them holds in store. Most of the electives are large animal oriented, which is one of the directions I plan to pursue after vet school. The first electives include swine health, bovine reproductive lab, advanced ruminant, and advanced equine classes. The swine class is only eight classes long, and each time we look at different diseases that affect every body system and the herd as a hole. In the bovine reproductive lab, I will palpate a Holstein cow by rectal palpa... (Read More)

Enjoying the Journey

Enjoying the Journey Winter break has reminded me how fortunate I am to be a veterinary student at Texas A&M University. During finals, it’s difficult to remember to enjoy the journey of becoming a veterinarian. Winter break is a perfect time to relax and get excited for spring semester. Many prospective DVM students have visited Texas A&M over the holidays. It’s great to be able to share all of the things I love about our college, from our top-notch hospital to our fantastic professors, clinicians, and administration. Especially around the holidays, the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences feels like one big family. Winter break is also an exciting time for the future DVM Class of 2019. I can vividly remember getting ready for the admissions interview last year, and so I really enjoyed giving tours to the interviewees when they visited this weekend. Many current veterinary students volunteer to welcome the applicants and make the inter... (Read More)

Happy New Year

Happy New Year In the days after Christmas, I know that the best place to be is with loved ones. For my break, I went home for the holidays. As I write this, the world outside is covered in white. I absolutely love the snow, and I am so glad I'm able to spend the winter in a place where it does snow, as well as spending time with my family. I get to see my two dogs, my mom's cat, and my grandmother's cat, all of which I love and miss when I'm gone. The best gift I got for Christmas was going to the movies with my sister and brother to see Into the Woods (and if you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it). My dad was able to take leave and come up from Honduras to be here for Christmas, and though he's leaving tomorrow, it's been great having him home for a time. The New Year is here, but I'm not really the kind of person to make New Year’s resolutions. I am satisfied with my grades from this past semester and don't need to make the basic “exercise more” resol... (Read More)

Reflections on the First Semester of Third Year

Reflections on the First Semester of Third Year Finals week has come and gone, and I have five semesters of veterinary school under my belt! Now that I'm enjoying the last winter break of my vet school career, I have time to reflect on this past semester. The third year curriculum is unique in that we transition from the first two years of studying individual areas of veterinary medicine (anatomy, physiology, parasitology) to combining all these topics into medicine courses. For example, in our small animal medicine class this semester, we integrated our knowledge of the anatomy, histology, physiology, and radiology to learn about orthopedic diseases in companion animals. After our lectures on orthopedic medicine, we had a hands-on lab in which we learned to perform an orthopedic exam on our personal pets as well as practicing splinting and bandaging techniques commonly utilized after orthopedic surgery. I was finally able to integrate all that I had learned over the course of the first two ... (Read More)

Stronger than I Thought

Stronger than I Thought The first semester of my sophomore year is done, and I can’t believe it. The semester was definitely a challenge, but I can honestly say that I’ve enjoyed myself more than I could ever imagine. From becoming BIMS Ambassador to becoming an officer for the African Students Association, I have met people who have only made this semester easier. This semester taught me something about myself: I’m much stronger than I think. Even when situations looked like they were going to tear me apart or when the amount of studying made me feel like I was going to burst, I didn’t, and I’m proud and so grateful. Looking back at my first semester of freshman year, I was timid, shy, and always worried. Now, I am confident in myself and confident in my purpose. I wake up each day reminding myself that there’s a reason why I’m alive and everything that I do should be geared towards that reason. One thing that I’ve learned is that everything will be okay as long as y... (Read More)

Happy Holidays Y’all!

Happy Holidays Y’all! The holidays are finally here and Christmas is just around the corner. Honestly, it feels like we started this semester, I closed my eyes for a brief moment, and now it’s over! Veterinary school finals have come and gone and I have survived them once again…WHOOP! For me, finals week and the weeks leading up to it are always a time of simultaneous excitement and dread. There is the eager anticipation of Christmas break, which brings so many wonderful things such as seeing family, eating too much food, shopping, staying up late catching up with old friends, and perhaps my favorite activity of all: getting to sleep as much as I want! But, in order to reach this blissful state of relaxation I must traverse (what feels like) an insurmountable obstacle. Final examinations are stressful no matter what school you attend, your program of study, or the stage of your education. Vet school final examinations, though, are a beast of their own. The sheer vol... (Read More)

Finding my Voice

Finding my Voice To start off, I’m a sophomore biomedical science major from Houston, Texas, but most IMPORTANTLY I’m THE LOUDEST and THE PROUDEST member of the fighting Texas Aggie Class of 2017! Umm…hobbies? I’m a total bookworm; I love reading books. From elementary school with Junie B. Jones ‘til present with trilogy books like Hunger Games, Twilight, and Divergent, I feel like book series just give me something to look forward to in an imaginary sense. I lived in Nigeria for quite some time, where I was exposed to the harsh realities of sickness, poverty, death, and hunger amongst my people. This encouraged me (beyond my already acquired interest) to pursue a career in the health care field. My passion for my country urges me to one day return and help those who can’t help themselves. Have you ever heard of Grey’s Anatomy? (I’m sure you have! I’ve been watching a lot it lately. Anyways!) It’s a television series that follows the lives of medical interns as... (Read More)

The Semester is Almost Over!!

The Semester is Almost Over!! Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, and it was great. All three of my classes the Wednesday before Thanksgiving were cancelled, which never happens for me. Usually classes are cancelled for everyone else, but finally mine were! I got to see my family, eat lots of turkey and pumpkin pie, and go to the Texas A&M football game. Also when I was home I was decorating for Christmas, which is always fun because Christmas is my other favorite holiday. Our house is officially decorated. It was a little bit of a tease because I was at home for a couple days and I did not have to worry about school as much as I usually have to. It isn’t all bad, though, because I have had some other fun since Thanksgiving, like meeting Reveille! It is her last year before she retires, so as I was walking across Rudder Plaza, I saw her and had to get a picture with her! She is so sweet, but after all her years of being the first lady, it is a well-deserved retire... (Read More)

’Tis the Season so be Jolly

’Tis the Season so be Jolly   It’s finals season in Aggieland, and for veterinary students, finals can be a bit overwhelming. This is especially true for first- and second-year students, who have five, six, or even seven finals. Even fourth year students in clinics are taking their national boards. The rest of their life all compiled into one test…Yikes! No one is safe this season from stress. But, the best thing about vet school is that everyone knows the struggle you’re in. Whether they were taking that test last year, they are testing with you this year, or they will be experiencing the challenges next year, we all have a common bond and stick together when the going gets tough. No doubt vet school is hard, but with amazing classmates, professors, and this being the most amazing profession in the world, every struggle is worth it. But don’t think we’ve forgotten how to be jolly! My birthday is coming up later in December, and having the most wonderful friend... (Read More)

Last Home Game for Reveille VIII

Last Home Game for Reveille VIII My favorite Texas A&M tradition is definitely the tradition of Reveille. That could be because I’m in veterinary school and I love dogs, but it’s also because she is the first lady of Aggieland and the highest-ranking member of the Corps of Cadets. One of the traditions with Reveille is if Reveille decides to sleep on a cadet's bed, that cadet is required to sleep on the floor. Another tradition is if Reveille barks during a class, the professor is supposed to dismiss the class. Thursday night was Reveille VIII’s last home game before she retires. Even though Texas A&M lost against LSU, it was still a special game for Miss Rev. One of my favorite parts about Aggie football games is when Reveille sprints across the field with her handler before the game starts. Her handler this year, Ryan Kreider, became famous during the SMU game this season when he protected Reveille by jumping in front of one of the SMU football players. It was an... (Read More)