My mornings start off at 6:30 AM from Monday through Friday. I have breakfast around 7:00 AM, I usually eat egg burrito or jelly and peanut butter sandwich. After eating breakfast, I get dressed and walk my dog for 5 to 10 minutes.
Then, I head to school, driving around 25 miles. I spent round 8 hrs a day at school, my classes start at 8:10 AM and finish around 5-6 PM depending which rotation I am on. I have mini-rotations from 1:00- 4:30 PM on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays where I spent my afternoons in several departments at the Small Animal Teaching Hospital as the Parasitology, Necropsy, Surgery Department, Large animal ambulatory and so on. There I shadow attending veterinarians and senior students. I get to help in feeding, diagnostic, and treatment.
Not all days are the same, since my schedule changed a bit on Wednesday and Friday afternoons. I have the Problem Based learning course on Wednesday in which I have been learning more about NAVLE prep, study tips and other lecture topics. I am currently doing the Zuku review and trying to complete 748 questions on canine topics. On Fridays, I take my small animal surgery lab from 1 to 5 PM to enhance my surgical and anesthetic’s skills. But, Friday is one of the stressful days of the week since I often have midterms on the morning and my lab hours might extend until 6:00 PM. So, after surgery lab, I always have dinner with my friend and I don’t even attempt to open my books. But, Mondays are one of my favorite days because I feel refresh and full of energy.
When I come back home, I walk my dog again and call my sister to tell her how my day went. Speaking to her help motivate me because we are very close to each other. Then, I prepare meals for 2 days and get a shower. In the evening, I have dinner while watching a comedy TV shows from Netflix or Hulu. Around 7 PM I start with my study duties and go until 1:00 AM. The latest I go to sleep is 2:00 AM and the earliest is 10 PM. I prefer studying for the hardest classes first and also listening to the class recordings to make sure I didn’t miss anything.
Honestly, third-year of vet school is not an easy year for anyone since we are getting closer to our final year. For me, it has been a roller coaster of experiences and new challenges. I must say that I have been studying and working harder than ever to achieve my dream, and it feels good because I’m almost there!