Hello there! In my inaugural blog post, I would like to thank you for your interest in learning more about the daily life of a veterinary student. Having completed my first year in veterinary school, I am happy to provide an “insider’s account” of what one can expect to experience during his or her time as a vet student. Regardless of what brings you to this site, I hope that you enjoy my stories and musings.
Despite having been on summer break for just over a month, I still am carrying the same backpack that is used to hold my textbooks and school supplies for most of the year. I normally never think about my backpack during the day-to-day rush of class, apart from double-checking that the items I need for the day are inside it. However, before embarking on a long trip, I tend to view it in a more existential light. The backpack has gone through a lot with me. It survived four years of college, it was on my back when I climbed my first ever mountain, and it has been thrown and jammed into countless overhead compartments. It’s gone through so much wear-and-tear over the years, I have half a mind to nickname it “Lipofuscin.” Corny jokes aside, who would have thought that the blue JanSport a family friend (shout out to Ms. Debbie!) gave me as a high school graduation present would have lasted five years and counting? I surely had no idea but am appreciative of her generosity as well as all the memories I have made with the backpack in tow.
I am currently waiting in a terminal at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. There are several hours until I board, and finally I have a chance to sit back aside my backpack, take a breath, and reminisce. The past few days were a whirlwind as I prepared for my upcoming trip and spent quality time at home with family in New Orleans. I miss my family very much and would like to cite one specific feeling that overcomes me at the present moment: gratitude. I am grateful for all the love and care my family has given me this summer (not to mention throughout my life). I’m grateful to be able to spend half of my summer break abroad, learning and teaching. And finally, I’m grateful for the opportunity to share my stories in the coming posts to a community online. Cicero said: “Gratitude is not only the first of the virtues but the parent of all the others.” I think that vets, and really anyone on this earth, could testify to that. We all have people for whom we’re thankful, and it’s never a bad idea to let them know how much we care. One thing is for sure, wherever I go with my backpack, in whichever direction life takes me, I will have my loved ones on my mind. Next, I travel east…with my seatbelt securely fastened.