Though I try to not let it happen, the hospital has a way of trapping innocent, unassuming students who want to learn and work but do not want to spend eighteen hours of their day within its walls. It is unhealthy, unsustainable, and unwanted to be perfectly honest. Fortunately, the vast majority of clinicians recognize the toll that such long days take on the body. Thankfully, I have not had a stretch of multiple days in a row like this, and I think it is important to share with anyone interested in becoming a vet what a typical day looks like in vet school. While certain rotations are great at getting the students out by 5 pm, others are notorious for long hours, on-call shifts, and a slew of other reasons that will keep students inside much longer than they would want (small animal internal medicine, surgery, and emergency and critical care, cough, cough).
Because long hours in the hospital are not conducive to long, post-shift stretches of energy, I need a boost to get through the studying that is incumbent on vet students in the months leading up to the NAVLE. Said boost comes in the form of FaceTime studying with a college friend, Medha, who is in law school. While Medha and David are crushing it at Harvard Law School (ever heard of it?), I get to live vicariously through them as they, too, put in long hours of studying in their rooms or in Langdell Hall. Despite not being able to hang out with them or with Haris, Sam, or Jose as often as I would like due to the responsibilities of vet and law schools, I am thankful for the (Face)Time we share from time to time.