I have never been one to tire of classes and school. I always said that I could (and would) go to school for my entire life and be completely satisfied. However, with the last batch of my friends finally graduating from college and starting life in the “real world,” the prospect of staying in school for another two years is almost too much to bear. Luckily, I am almost done with all of my core classes and will be taking exciting electives and in clinics before I know it!
I imagine many PhD students share that same mentality with me: just keep trucking through school until it’s over and become complacent with a dearth of income. I still love school, but as the end of vet school looms nearer and nearer, and the deadlines to apply for internships closer still, I cannot help but wonder if pursuing further education is something I really want. This open-ended thinking coupled with the idea that I will have an inordinate amount of loans to pay back upon graduation has made the idea of sacrificing more years of my life before truly “living” somewhat undesirable.
Additionally, as a veterinary student interested in equine medicine, I constantly hear conflicting ideas about what is best to do with my career. Some warn and caution that working in the horse world is a dead-end work-filled environment with little satisfaction. Yet this directly conflicts with the tons of veterinarians I know who still go to work, well beyond the “appropriate” retirement age, simply because they love being around horses.
I hope that no matter what specialty I end up pursuing, if any at all, I end up being like one of those old men who show up at the racetrack at 5:00 am just to see the horses scoring down as the sun rises. For the love of horses.