Wow. I can’t believe I am halfway through veterinary school! It’s quite a surreal feeling that won’t truly set in until classes begin.
As each year of vet school passes, I do my best to reflect and to set goals for the following year. I have a tradition of making a list of each of my goals. By writing them down, it forces me to hold myself accountable. By sharing them on this blog, I get to share my goals with others who may have similar desires.
Here’s what I have so far:
- Strive to be a leader
I really enjoy opportunities to take on a leadership role. For this reason, I took on two positions as an academic advisor and as a campus student representative. Not only will these allow me to take a more active role as a student, they will also help boost my resume.
- Better time management
I started working hard last year to become more organized by keeping a planner and constantly updating my Google calendar. I hope to create a routine between work, school, and the gym. I will try to schedule time for studying and also time to have some fun.
- Take care of myself better
This includes eating well, getting a good night’s sleep, and regularly exercising.
- Study effectively
After two years, I think I have created a study routine that works well for me. I’m going to continue to park myself in the library before exams and dedicate a few hours each day to study.
- More clinical experiences
While I truly enjoy the knowledge gained in the classroom, I hope to gain more clinical experience. This means signing up for more clubs and on-call shifts and volunteering more often.
- Make Money
As veterinary students, I think we all understand the struggle of being strapped for cash. I hope to take on various pet-sitting jobs and work as hard as possible to gain some extra money.
By setting these goals I am more likely to achieve success. Whether or not you are a veterinary student, I encourage you to set your own goals on a regular basis. You’ll be surprised at the difference it makes in your life.