I absolutely love vet school. Classes are great, even though we are required to take courses that are not our favorite at times. In my experience, when I’m anxious I need to force myself to prioritize time for academics, club activities, and personal life. While prioritizing is something I’ve heard about all my life, balancing my vet school life and personal time has become essential for success on both fronts.
One piece of advice I’d like to share from my experience this year is to harness the energy that is otherwise wasted on worry, and just get out there. It’s really easy to become engrossed in school and lose track of the opportunities around you. For me, I’ve found that engaging in the wow that makes me want to be a vet sort of activities helps break the monotony of the 8 am to 5 pm class schedule. In particular, attending equine rounds has helped rejuvenate my attentiveness in the classroom. Observations on rounds have helped me apply my studying and have made my time more useful.
I’m also a huge fan of getting to know classmates. My roommate was keen on knowing all 115 of our classmates’ names first semester, and I’m pretty sure he knows them all! While this wasn’t my schtick, I’ve benefited from branching out and studying with different groups and sitting with new people in class. Engaging colleagues has heightened my excitement for future challenges in clinical rotations.
Participating in the vet school community has made a difference for me. By branching out, I know that I’ve made professional relationships and friends that will support me. One thing I’ve definitely learned in vet school is the importance of collaboration. This has eased my anxiety regarding academics and, subsequently, made my life easier.