As I head into clinics, I’ve taken the time to reflect on the time I spent doing extracurriculars in vet school. I was SAVMA President for my school and was a company representative as well. I enjoyed both roles, but they were at times challenging and difficult to juggle on top of vet school itself. I will always encourage students to get involved in their vet school’s organizations because so many vital skills are built through these kinds of activities. I’ve been able to learn more about the veterinary industry and connect with individuals across the world! There were times that I did not manage my time and balance my activities with school effectively. Here are my tips for balancing extracurriculars in vet school:
- Set boundaries—I spent a lot of my time in lectures checking and responding to emails that were related to my extracurricular activities. This meant that I was not fully paying attention in lectures and ultimately wasting my own time. I realized that I needed to set boundaries on when to allocate time to these activities while not compromising my learning time.
- Delegate—any student activity you join during vet school will most likely involve working with others to get things accomplished. That being said, delegate tasks! This was the most helpful thing I did as SAVMA President. Not everything needs to be accomplished by one person.
- Don’t overcommit yourself—there will be so many awesome clubs you may want to join but do not feel like you need to have a leadership role in all of them. Pursuing a position in any activity requires commitment and time so make sure you only get involved in things you know you can handle!