This week officially marks the end of the first month of veterinary school for us 1VMs. I can’t believe how fast the first month has flown by! It feels like it was only last week when we anxiously arrived at orientation, excited to start the new chapter of our lives. Now, we are already facing our first wave of exams coming next week!
So, here are a few things I’ve learned about veterinary school in the past month:
- You learn a lot of new material every single day, and it is not easy.
- But, the faculty really, really, really want you to succeed.
- Your study habits get way better than when you were an undergraduate student—although this is not voluntary if you want to succeed.
- Even as a first year, you must learn how to approach everything you learn clinically.
- You don’t get to sleep very much.
- Even with all that, you are still excited to go to school every day.
Starting veterinary school definitely was a big adjustment for me, especially because I took three whole years off of school prior to entering the rigorous curriculum. I honestly feel like my brain has been reset to learn everything from the start. But, I wake up every morning feeling grateful for this opportunity to learn and the amazing support that exists between my classmates, the upperclassmen, as well as the faculty. I am very much looking forward for the next four years with such dedicated and hardworking classmates!
One month down, 44 more to go!