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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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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 rewards I’ll receive ... (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 year class reunion, ... (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)

LIVE ANIMALS, and Why They Keep Us Sane

LIVE ANIMALS, and Why They Keep Us Sane There are days/weeks/months when it really can be hard to “find the joy,” as we say here at the vet school. It can be a struggle to see through the mountain of assignments, tests, quizzes, and looming finals dates. It can be difficult to find something that really does make you joyful, because, though we all love to be here, and we all want that coveted DVM after our name, often, school is the place we go to Stress. Out. This means that when there are opportunities to find the joy during the school day, things are that much more enjoyable! Recently I had a rotation for my correlates course that required us to head out to Aggieland Humane Society and perform a physical exam and a couple of vaccinations on some cats that were housed there. My group of three had two tomcats and one pregnant queen. Though we all had something to do with an exam of all three cats, each of us was “assigned” to one specifically. I was assigned the pregnant queen. And, l... (Read More)

Reunited and It Felt So Good

Reunited and It Felt So Good Spring Break just passed, and it was amazing; after not seeing my older brother for three months due to his internship, it was the best thing of it all. We got to get lunch and catch up as well as see our favorite genre of movie: horror. We later went out and listened to Roger Creager with a group of friends at Rio Frio Fest in Concan, Texas. (Kudos to him for surviving a 4-hour drive with me.) It was a great way to end it, and I'm so excited for this coming month. April is big for many reasons. My birthday is to come in a couple days, and my older brother is coming up to see me, as well as part take in Chilifest. Also, the week after, his internship ends, and he'll be back for the rest of the semester. Although he loves to push my buttons, he has been the real push for me and my academics. I'm grateful to have him, and soon to have him back without a 300-mile distance between us. (Read More)

Transitioning from a Relaxing Spring Break to a Crazy Week

Transitioning from a Relaxing Spring Break to a Crazy Week My philosophy during veterinary school has been to put 100% into whatever I do. If I decide a certain day is a study day, then I study like crazy and accomplish a lot. If I decide to take a Saturday off to go see some Fighting Texas Aggie Football, then I enjoy the game and shut out any thoughts of studying and school and live in the moment. This attitude towards school has worked for me thus far in my career, but might not be the best option for everyone. It has some great aspects, such as being able to have a life outside of vet school and not having to put my social life on hold for four years. However, it also comes with its drawbacks. This type of approach can cause a lot of stress during those “study” days because I’m forced to review a ton of material at once, usually close to the test date. But for me, it is the best balance and has made veterinary school bearable. This spring break I didn’t touch my books the entire time. I got to spen... (Read More)

The Dreaded Third-Year Cases

The Dreaded Third-Year Cases As third-year veterinary students, we get to enjoy doing cases each week. This is an interesting opportunity for us. It’s bittersweet because these cases are HARD! We get cases where the animals have multiple things wrong with them. Then we create differentials for what diseases could be causing each symptom. We then create a diagnostic plan on what we want to test for first and possibly start treatment. This process is how we should be thinking as doctors when we have live patients in front of us. Right now it’s good practice, but so hard because we don’t know everything and we have to research each and every case. I spend an average of 10 hours a week on a case, in addition to my classes and studying for tests. Now this definitely sounds bitter so far, but let me explain why it’s sweet. I learn so much from each hour I spend researching diseases. Even if I rule out a certain disease for my patient, I learned so much about the disease for late... (Read More)