Today feels bittersweet. I’m sitting in my usual study spot, at my favorite cafe, composing my final post for Merck Manuals Vet Student Stories as a student veterinarian. I’m in shock that these years have flown by so quickly. I reminisce back to my first year as a veterinary student. I remember having my first breakdown over the stress of finals. I remember thinking the work was endless and wondering how I would make it through three more years of this hardship.
Well… here I am. Surviving. Thriving. Living my best life. Vet school has been the toughest four years of my life, but also the most rewarding. As a vet student, I have traveled the world, became a fitness fanatic, a mental health advocate, and an overall well rounded human being. I have grown so much and feel so empowered for the future. I have a tough year ahead of me as an intern, but I can’t help but be enthusiastic. I’m pumped to be actively taking strides toward my ultimate goal. I know that I am capable and will succeed. I have learned that mindset is everything. Optimism makes any hard situation more bearable. Being a veterinarian requires courage and bravery and I will promise to be brave every step of the way.
It’s easy to become fearful of the future. I’m the first one to admit that uncertainty gives me anxiety. The fact of life is that we will never be completely in control of our lives. But, we are in control of our mindsets and the way we react to the events occurring around us. Trying your hardest to be grateful and positive will never negatively affect you. Instead, it will change your life for the better.
It’s funny. I started writing as a method of reaching out to my fellow vet students. To build comradery, and to let others know that they are not alone in the daily struggle that is veterinary medicine. I have found while helping others, I have also helped myself. I have grown and become more confident through sharing my own story. I can’t help but be grateful for this platform and for every one of my readers. Thank you for growing with me.