As I start off this year of school, I’m also recovering from a sprained ankle from a tumble I took the weekend before classes started. Now I know what you’re thinking: “How in the world does a sprained ankle equate with your first semester??” I’m sure it sounds weird, but indulge me for a minute and follow this train of thought….
I sprained my ankle while crossing a street; I was walking along and stepped in a pot hole. Most of the time that’s how it normally happens. A person is going about their day, doesn’t see some obstacle, and ends up taking a tumble.
During first semester, that obstacle was Gross Anatomy. I’d literally never taken any kind of anatomy until last fall. So I started off feeling cautiously optimistic. Then I sat down to take the first test and OH… MY…. GOODNESS! That was my trip and fall.
You know the funny thing about tripping and falling?? When you land on the ground, it hurts. It wasn’t unlike how I felt when I got my test scores back. All I could think was “How did this happen? I studied so hard for this test… What am I doing wrong? Why am I not getting it? Oh no…. I fail at life… How can I be a vet without basic anatomy??”. I’ll admit that last one was a little dramatic, but I was freaking out! Like a lot of you, school has always come relatively easy to me. I knew vet school would be a challenge, but at the same time I don’t think I really knew just how challenging it would be until I took that test. And that fact hurt my spirit a bit.
Which brings me to the next point. You tumble, you fall, and sometimes you can’t get up on your own. This is where it’s unbelievably important to have someone to help you off the ground. When I hurt my ankle over the weekend, I happened to be with 2 really good friends who helped me up. In the case of school, I had a lot of people to help me off that proverbial ground. I had an amazing tutor, the professors went out of their way to help, I had friends to push me when I was ready to throw in the towel.
So then I was up and recovering. The silver lining is that when you fall like that you know what to look for so that you don’t fall again. I was in uncharted territory, didn’t know how to navigate it, and quickly realized I couldn’t do it alone. But I was able to reach out for help, get off the ground and recover.
The moral of the story?? Vet school will be the hardest thing you’ve ever done. You may run into obstacles, and when you do it will hurt. But the important thing is to get back up and make it better. There would be no veterinarians if it was impossible!