I remember my first call of acceptance into vet school like it was yesterday. I was sitting at the desk at work and had a funny call from out-of-state. It was only 2 weeks after my interview; much too soon for a decision, right? I answered the call thinking it might be the hotel I stayed at. Maybe I forgot something in the room. I picked up the phone and after being congratulated by the kind women on the other end of the phone, I busted into tears. No one could bring me down from that high for a whole week. Now the question was, rather than, “Will I get into vet school?” but rather “What do I do now?”
- Remember that feeling. Remember opening that email, receiving that call, or getting that letter in the mail. Hold onto that feeling of pure unprocessed joy and look back on it on often. Take a moment to remember how much your face hurt from smiling when you received your acceptance. Vet school is an amazing experience filled with a long journey and holding onto that feeling to reference later is a great way to remember why you are here and the road you took to get to this point.
- Get social. Almost immediately after acceptance, I was invited to a Facebook page for my future class. Being a self-proclaimed introvert and coming as an out-of-state student, I did not know anyone coming into school. Getting out and spreading my wings was a bit challenging but definitely worth the connections and amazing friends I made along the way. Who would have thought that the connections I made on that page would end up being some of my best friends through vet school thus far? Getting to know your classmates early on will make orientation that much more exciting and less nerve-wracking. Also, who knows? You may be able to find some potential housing buddies along the way.
- Speaking of housing. Start now! One of the most stress-inducing parts of my acceptance and making the transition was solidifying housing somewhere I was unfamiliar with. Using the connections I made with my class over social media, a couple other of my classmates and I found a wonderful house in the countryside 15 minutes from the school. Whatever you are looking for, its easier to start sooner rather than later. Housing fills up fast, but thankfully, most upperclassmen have rooms available and are a great resource for information when it comes to living with them!
- Take time for yourself. If you are familiar with my writing, you have probably heard it a thousand times: enjoy yourself when you have the time. Vet school is a tough journey and you will soon redefine what it means to be busy. I highly recommend taking that summer before vet school to visit friends you haven’t seen in a while, taking time with family, traveling and taking some time for yourself. One thing I definitely wish I did more was work less and enjoy those things because once vet school starts, the one thing you crave more than a good homecooked meal is some time to yourself and out of the chaos.
- Get ready for the ride of your life! Vet school is a whole new crazy adventure, unlike anything you have done before. No need to stress in the months leading up to it. It’s important to just go with the flow and not stress about it too much. You can save that stress for later. Vet school is a fun, crazy adventure and you can make it anything you want it to be.