One of the toughest things for many vet students is having to move away from their friends and family to pursue the career of their dreams. I was lucky enough to have a state school and be accepted there, so I am within 3 hours or so of many of my family and friends. I’m constantly reminded though that I have a new family here with me at vet school.
Going home at Thanksgiving is not an option for many veterinary students. Finals are looming, some are trying to gain residency so they can only leave for a certain number of days, and others cannot afford or it’s not practical to make the journey home for only a day or two. I did journey home, but as Thanksgiving approached I saw Facebook page posts of the first-year class that made me smile. Students from all classes were planning joint Thanksgiving celebrations for those who couldn’t be with their families elsewhere. Students volunteered to bring this or that and planned to meet at someone’s house or apartment to celebrate with others they did or did not know well.
These messages reminded me of the family that I have around me at veterinary school and warmed my heart. Sometime that aspect of life is easy to forget with the stress of school, studying, work, etc, but it is an important one to consider. It is wonderful to watch my fellow classmates and future colleagues care about each other and celebrate together under what may not be the best of circumstances when you consider most are missing their family and friends. They demonstrate the true meaning of the holiday season.