While a major focus of veterinary school is learning about veterinary medicine, a few other major benefits and life changes have come along with it. Having attended an in-state college for undergrad, I was always around family and friends from home. The biggest change for me with veterinary school was a newfound sense of independence and freedom. Living in a new state for the first time in my life off on my own was a big change for me. It felt odd not to have family and my usual friends there, but it’s been a great opportunity to branch out and make my own way in life.
At first I thought it would be difficult, but now it is the norm. I’m doing everything on my own, paying for everything by myself, and have established myself in Virginia. Now, 8 months of the year I’m on my own and away from everything I’ve known previously, and to be honest I might stay here for the summer.
Another major thing that veterinary school has taught me is responsibility. While I was never irresponsible, I know I have a better sense of responsibility than I ever have previously. If I need something or have to do something, there isn’t anyone else to do it for me. I am responsible for myself, and it is one of the most rewarding feelings. Having changed so much in the last year, I can’t wait to see what the future holds.