One of the great things about Cummings School is the large variety of veterinary clubs you can join. The Tufts’ SCAVMA (Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medicine Association) website lists 24 student-run clubs on campus, although I know of at least one other club that isn’t sponsored by this national association. I can learn about anything from dentistry and avian medicine to veterinary medicine in response to natural disasters. I could join the feline club, the livestock club, the equine club, or the wildlife/zoos/aquatic club. I could delve into pathology, behavior, internal medicine, diversity issues, shelter medicine, or business management. Only one drawback: there are almost TOO many veterinary clubs! Trying to decide which one to join makes my head spin.
It seems expected for each of us to join a club, become very involved in that club’s activities, and eventually take on a leadership role. And I would love nothing more than to do this; however, right now I’m barely managing to stay on top of my studying, and though lunch talks do fit well into my day, at this point I don’t think I could manage staffing weekend fundraisers or attending evening officer meetings.
I see other classmates taking on extra responsibilities, and I feel even more inadequate because not only am I barely staying afloat academically, I’m also falling behind in ensuring that my other professional experiences make me a competitive applicant. I guess you could say it’s a case of “the imposter syndrome,” if you will. I guess the only thing to do is to remind myself of all I’ve achieved to get to this point and take comfort in the fact that by attending lunch talks and wet labs, I am involved in the club’s activities. Proving to myself that I’m strong enough to take on more will just have to wait… Perhaps until I’m actually ready to take on more responsibility!
P.S. Since the club dues deadline was October 2, I did have to make up my mind in the end… so I chose to be a member of SCAVMA, the American Association of Feline Practitioners, the Avian Club, the Veterinary Business Management Association, and the American Society of Lab Animal Practitioners (because this one was free!).