In the past I’ve written posts describing various aspects of my day-to-day life as a vet student at Michigan State. With some redundancy, I’d like to share what it’s like to be a fourth-semester student in the fifth week of classes.
Lackadaisical and totally unprepared for the coming semester, I flew back to Michigan, cat carrier in hand and ready to take on whatever came. Overall, the first two weeks were pretty relaxing, and in my opinion, not very revealing of how difficult the semester would be. This may seem kind of lame since as an adult, people expect you to wake up and be prepared, but honestly, the most challenging thing for me so far has been adjusting to 8 am lectures.
To get my head in the game, I like to take some time to remember why I am here. Shadowing in the clinic has been the most effective method for me to mentally regroup. Watching a surgery or following a particular case really helps put lectures into perspective. I can honestly say that the applied experience adds value to the early mornings and long days of lectures. Having just begun a semester with eight courses, its important to stay grounded.
For those in college, vet school, or out in practice somewhere, my message is simple. Do whatever it is that keeps you engaged and motivated. Take the time to rejuvenate your mind and maintain your passion. I think this has helped me improve my performance, and I think it will benefit you, too.