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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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Lessons from First Year

Lessons from First Year Summer has arrived, and I have finally finished my first year of veterinary school! I have learned more this year than I thought was possible. For the incoming first-year class, here is some advice on what to do (and not to do) during your first year of vet school. Stay organized. In the first year of veterinary school, you take 18 credit hours of courses in the fall and 20 credit hours in the spring. That adds up to a lot of assignments, quizzes, and exams! A planner is a great first step for making an effective study plan. Keep your locker neat and double check that you have all of your notes and supplies before you leave class or a study area. It is very stressful to lose something you need for vet school! Be healthy. It is very easy to fall behind if you get sick, so make sure you are eating, sleeping, and exercising. Since you will be with your classmates every day, illnesses can spread quickly! Mental health is important too. You wi... (Read More)

Enjoy the Sunshine

Enjoy the Sunshine The end of the year is almost upon us. Summer with its oppressive heat and three months away from school (if you're lucky) is so close. Remember the days back in elementary school, when summer break truly was a break, before we needed jobs or internships during the summer to prepare us for the future? Ah, those were the days. My lineup for the summer includes one summer class and spending the rest of the time shadowing a veterinarian. Don't get me wrong: I'm really looking forward to shadowing, but I miss a time when I could afford to be lazy during the summer. I once was able to write an entire novel in the three months, and I was quite proud of myself. But those days seem to have passed. Now it feels like a race to be prepared to get into veterinary school, with classes to finish and experience to gain. When's a person able to lay out with a good book anymore? I guess I've pretty well accepted the fact that I've still got a long way to go and a ... (Read More)

Teddy Bear Surgery

Teddy Bear Surgery Last weekend was our college's annual open house. The event is entirely run by student volunteers, and guests come to visit from all over the state. This year was my last time to attend Open House as a volunteer, which was bittersweet because volunteering is always rewarding. I worked at one of the most popular events offered at Open House known as "Teddy Bear Surgery.” Children bring their stuffed animals to Open House and perform "surgery" with the assistance of second and third-year veterinary students in the actual surgery suites in the Small Animal Hospital. We make the experience as close to actual surgery as we can, so everyone is dressed in proper surgical attire, and we use leftover/donated surgical suture and surgical equipment. It is so much fun to see these future veterinarians gowned and gloved toting their "patients" in for surgery. During my shift, I helped my teddy bear surgeons perform operations ranging from major ortho... (Read More)

One Busy Week

One Busy Week Last week was probably one of the busiest weeks of my life. When I was granted the role of special events coordinator of my organization, I knew it would be difficult. I was constantly reminded by both the president and vice president of how hard my position, but, just being Elizabeth, I tried to stay optimistic and do my best to rise to the occasion. Being special events coordinator means I coordinate special events (hence the name). Ironically, my job was smooth sailing…until we reached the end of the school year. All of a sudden several “special events” had to put on by me and my assistant. Nothing could compare to the Spring Charity Gala we had to put on: calls after calls, emails after emails, approval forms after approval forms. All of a sudden, the people that assured you they would help were MIA. It was more than overwhelming. My organization depending on us, and so was the charity to which we were donating. In the midst of all this, I w... (Read More)

Almost Goodbye

Almost Goodbye As the semester slowly comes to a close, stress levels are rising and finals are approaching, but as I look back on the semester, I realize I’ve had one of the best of my college career. I came into this semester so determined and motivated to do very well because the semester before wasn’t as good as I had hoped. One of my classes, Organic Chemistry 2, was thought to have been the hardest class of this semester, but turns out the well-dreaded class might the one in which I’ll get a “A” in. The amount of hard work and long nights I’ve put into this class is unimaginable, and with my efforts and by God’s grace, I’m able to cruise through this semester with O-chem being the least of my worries. However, looking on the brighter side, the road to the end of the end of semester brings lots of excitement about the summer. The thought of workless days, endless nights, and unlimited sun (a little understatement ha-ha) helps keep me focused on what rewar... (Read More)

Another Semester Flying By

Another Semester Flying By I can’t believe that there are two weeks left of the semester!! This semester has flown by. We are finishing up with the last round of tests in classes before finals, and these last few weeks will be busy with studying and other events. Finals can be pretty stressful only because you have multiple tests to study for in a short amount of time, but they shouldn’t be too bad. Two of my finals are for my lab classes, so I will take them a week before the lecture finals, and one of my classes I might not have to take the final. If we have an A after our next test, then we don’t have the final, and so far the class hasn’t been too bad. I only have three other finals, so it shouldn’t be too stressful this year. Today is Muster, one of the most important traditions to me. Every year Aggies celebrate Muster on April 21st.  It honors Aggies who have passed away in the past year and allows other Aggies to get together. Each year there is the 50th yea... (Read More)

Countdown to Happiness

Countdown to Happiness As of today there are: 14 days until my last day of classes 21 days until I finish my last final 31 days until I am eligible to order my Aggie Ring = AWHOOP! 40 days until my brother’s wedding! 41 days until I get to move into my new apartment 42 days until I start summer school As the semester is coming to an end, there is still so much that needs to get done. This is the time where undergraduates have strap on their life vests and get ready for the wave of finals that are about to hit. Though I may be a little dramatic, finals are definitely going to be tough. Sometimes it may feel like you are drowning, as finals are cumulative, but it isn’t that bad. The best advice I can offer for college students is to stay calm and get some sleep. Not sleeping, cramming, and freaking out are some of the worst things that a student can do before finals. Just remember, everything is going to be okay, and it will be over before you know it. ... (Read More)

White Coat Ceremony

White Coat Ceremony This past Friday, my second-year class was honored with our white coats! The White Coat Ceremony is held each year to recognize the second-year students as they prepare to enter the clinical portion of the professional curriculum and continue to advance forward in the veterinary profession. We all had our families and friends at our ceremony, and it was wonderful to have them there to celebrate our joy with us. It was a great feeling to be recognized in the middle of our veterinary school curriculum, knowing that we are one more year closer to becoming veterinarians. We have learned so much in the past two years, and I know third and fourth year we will learn even more. I can’t wait to get into the clinical portion of veterinary school, so we can finally put into practice what we have learned in the classroom. (Read More)

Camelid Fun

Camelid Fun One of the best parts about third year is our ability to take electives. First and second year we take the same classes, no matter what our main interests are, and then third year we have the opportunities to take electives in addition to our core classes. I am currently in the camelids elective, and it is one of my favorite electives that I have taken so far. Our camelids class focuses mainly on llamas and alpacas. Although camels are also a part of this group, they aren't as common in Texas. The class focuses on the veterinary care, husbandry, and behavior of camelids and also involves several hands-on opportunities so that we can practice our handling skills. A few fun facts about camelids: 1. Llamas and alpacas are originally from South America. 2. Llamas are taller, have less hair on their face, and have ears that are shaped like bananas. Alpacas are shorter, have fuzzier faces, and smaller ears. 3. A baby llama or alpaca is call... (Read More)

Gearing Up for My Last Summer Ever

Gearing Up for My Last Summer Ever Spring has finally sprung in Aggieland, and I couldn’t be happier for it to finally be here. This winter seemed especially long, wet, cold, and dreary. I am not a huge fan of cold weather, especially not when you couple the cold temperatures with constant rain. Luckily, it seems as if the cold days are behind us and warm weather is here to stay. Spring is one of my favorite times of year for many reasons. I love the increase in temperature and the growth and rebirth that comes along with it. Birds are chirping, bluebonnets and wildflowers are in bloom, trees are turning green, and baby animals are all around. The longer days mean I actually have more time to see my horses and even occasionally take them for a ride. So in general, life is pretty good right now. Summer is just around the corner and I feel a simultaneous sense of excitement and sadness thinking about it. I feel excitement, because summer is awesome. I will have the freedom to have ... (Read More)