It’s a late Friday evening. I’m diligently studying for an upcoming physiology exam when my phone starts to ring. Something must be wrong. I pick up the phone and answer the call. It’s my mother calling to tell me that my grandmother is in the hospital. Fortunately, my mom says that everything is alright and that my grandmother should be home in a few days.
It’s times like these that make being separated from your family and friends the most difficult. Even though it may not seem like it, the earth is still spinning outside the veterinary classroom. It isn’t a secret that veterinary school is an important and exciting part of life; however, it shouldn’t be the only part of your life.
Balancing family and relationships is difficult under any normal circumstances, but especially when you barely have time to do anything other than study. My family is just starting to realize how much work I actually have and that I can’t talk as frequently as anyone would like to. Having never been more than 20 minutes away from my entire family, this has been the most difficult aspect of veterinary school for me to adjust to. During one of these rare phone calls with my family, it was mentioned that I probably shouldn’t come home for Thanksgiving this year due to the high cost and impracticality of traveling. While I could never imagine spending Thanksgiving away from my family, I realize that my parents are right. Instead, I’ll use the time to finish the semester off strong. It’s definitely a sacrifice, but one that makes sense and will pay off in the long run.
The point that I am trying to get across is that unexpected things will come up, and you’ll have to find a way to work around them. Life doesn’t stop while you are in veterinary school, and veterinary school doesn’t stop for any reason. Despite whatever may happen, success in veterinary school revolves around your ability to balance all of the different aspects of your life.