Entering my fourth-year of veterinary school I feel the dread wash over me, “Am I going to make a good doctor?” Or even worse the imposter syndrome starts creeping in, “Am I good enough to even be here?”
Once I take a deep breath, I realize how far I have come not only as a future doctor but as a person; those feelings of dread dissipate and my fear turns to excitement. I only have one year left! The end is in sight or even better yet, a new beginning is about to start.
My name is Kyndel Lann and I am a vet student at Midwestern University in Arizona. I am a native Arizonian and thrive in the scorching blaze that is our state. I actually plan to move outside of Arizona and try my luck at this so-called winter thing. I am uncertain of where that will be yet but isn’t that the beauty of our profession? You can go anywhere and have endless opportunities.
My career goals are as open as my future living situation. I do know that I want to be involved in public health. My interests lie in wildlife and aquatic medicine, but I am open to seeing how my clinical year may change that. I am in the minority, I did not always long to be a veterinarian since birth. I actually decided on this career path in undergrad when I took a public health course and realized the importance of veterinarians in global health and I was hooked.
No matter where the veterinary breeze may take you, anyone’s main goal should always be to be happy. Happiness should not just be the endpoint, but I strongly believe that the journey to happiness should be just as enjoyable. As a guest blogger, my short series will revolve around maintaining your happiness while in vet school and frankly your sanity. I am going to talk about the struggles I have had while in school trying to make sure to “stay me.”
Please check back in to read about how I manage my long distance relationship, keeping healthy, maintain hobbies, and my unique experience on the SAVMA executive board.