Graduation is upon us. There are only a few days left between me and the first semblance of calm I’ve had in the last four years. It is a bittersweet feeling, knowing that I’ll finally have reached my dream, but that I won’t see all of the people who helped me get there again for a very long time, maybe ever. I am lucky to be moving to an area where many of my classmates have decided to go back to as well, and it is exciting that I can call them colleagues now. I will miss being around such impressive people all the time! I will definitely miss the immediate ability to ask for help when I’m unsure of something for a patient. I will miss the culture of lifelong learning (but luckily, in this profession, your learning is never really over).
I can’t wait to be practicing as a veterinarian so very soon! I have wished for this since I was a little girl, and it is so surreal to be at this point in my life now. All of the hard work, the tears, the stress, was worth it to get to this point. I hope that in my life I can be the mentor to people wanting to pursue this profession that I had when I was growing up. I hope that I can make a change in the ways I’ve seen while a student at this hospital. Most of all, I hope that I can be a light to people and their pets by helping them through illness, health, and some of the most difficult decisions they will have to make. I can’t wait to be a veterinarian!