At the beginning of each semester, I create a list of goals I want to achieve. By doing so, I can gather my thoughts and hold myself accountable. This works well for me, especially because I begin to lose focus of my priorities as I get into the thick of the semester.
Despite successfully completing my first year as a vet student, there are still some aspects I would change. Each year you discover a little more about yourself and your learning abilities. You begin to mold your future career with each new experience. You create good habits and bad ones. Vet school is more than just an educational experience. It’s about personal growth and development. It’s about learning how to be the best student, friend, and doctor you can be.
That being said, here are some of my goals for this semester:
Get more involved. I am a relatively involved student. I’m part of the veterinary fraternity on campus. I participate in several clubs. I volunteer. These are all wonderful extracurriculars but I wanted to get more involved. This year, I will be taking on an executive position for the fraternity and plan on having a more active role in the various clubs I participate in. I also hope to volunteer more with veterinary-related organizations.
Spend more quality time with friends/groupmates. When I get stressed out I tend to isolate myself from people. I will spend more time alone, moping at home, instead of reaching out to others. I hope to change that by confiding in my friends more often. I wish to find a stress reliever that involves being social and getting out of the house.
Take care of myself better. As stated above, when I stress out, I tend to hold it all in and isolate myself. I want to find better outlets to reduce stress. This includes music, exercise, travel, etc. Anything is possible but I want to find a healthy way to do it.
Along the same lines, I want to take better care of myself physically. This means getting more sleep, eating well, and taking better care of my body.
Spend more time doing things that are fulfilling. My hobbies shouldn’t have to take the back burner during the school year. I want to be able to balance my education and my life. I hope to dedicate more time to the things that truly make me happy, like photography or hiking with my dog.
Get to know my professors. I hardly spent any time getting to know my professors last year. This is extremely unlike me and I regretted it toward the end of the semester. This year I hope to build a professional relationship with my professors. This will benefit me academically and can truly be useful for future networking.
Spend less time on social media. This is a tough one, but important nonetheless. I spend way too much time on social media when I should be doing productive things. I hope to limit my time on the internet and use that time more wisely to get done school work or enjoy some of my hobbies.
The beginning of each semester is the perfect time to check in with yourself and focus on personal development. What will you do this fall to be the best you can be?