Perhaps you’re just applying to veterinary school for the first time, or a seasoned third year student reading for entertainment; either way, I hope you will find humor and comfort in my experiences.
I moved to East Lansing a few weeks ago to settle in and prepare for the upcoming school year. Coming from the Boston area I experienced a bit of culture shock, unfamiliar settings, and anxiety while anticipating the fast-approaching school year. What’s worse, my bed didn’t arrive the day I arrived in Michigan, so my cat and I camped out on the floor for the weekend in my new apartment! So much for a smooth transition.
Now with a bed and a desk, I feel more like a student with a whole lot to learn about being a vet. The one thing that I can tell you with confidence is that everyone feels unsure of himself or herself and uncomfortable at the start. So if you are fortunate enough to be admitted to vet school, remember that you are qualified to be there and not to let your anxieties about the upcoming year get the best of you. So step outside your comfort zone and embrace meeting your classmates and professors. Push yourself, and be ready to extend a hand to your classmates when they are in need. Remember, vet school is a professional endeavor, so collaboration starts immediately. My advice is to give yourself a mental break, eat well, sleep well, and be your own advocate. Otherwise, how will you advocate for people and animals?