Now that I’ve officially gotten through my first week (or half week really) of second year, I think it’s safe to say that it’s going to be an interesting semester… and year.
I’m sure a lot of us know about the 2nd year curriculum, but for those who don’t: It’s going to be crazy in the middle! I’m taking 8 classes and grand rounds this semester (shout out to grand rounds, it’s one of my favorites), and while the pace is good now, pretty soon we’ll get into quizzes, tests and assignments in every -ology you can think of. Literally at the same time. I hope I know how to juggle.
I’m cautiously optimistic and a little nervous about it. As it turns out, I had exposure to some of the subjects while I was in graduate school. I took Virology, Epidemiology, Toxicology, and a bunch of Physiology/Endocrinology, so it’s time to put it to work! At least in that respect, it’s a comfort that some of the concepts won’t be completely new for me, although I took them on the human side. One of the plus sides of having gone through the first year is that you already know where you need to make sure you’re on your game (talking to you Parasitology!). As I type, I’m getting myself situated and outlining a schedule for myself to keep me on point, and laying out a plan of action for the semester. Last year I did it on the fly; most of the time it worked out for the best, but I eventually got wise to the fact that organization is key. The main thing that worries me is that this time last year, I was juggling 5 classes and found it incredibly overwhelming by the time I reached the semester’s end. In the back of my mind I just keep thinking “I have to do it again with 8 classes?! Let me stand by for a miracle”. Then again, if it wasn’t possible there would be no veterinarians, right?
Sidenote: If you don’t have a planner you’re seriously doing yourself a disservice. Also, you know that scheduling program you have on your phone?? If you’re anything like me it will help you incredibly.