The new year and new semester brings moments of reflection on the 2018 school year. It was my first semester in second-year which was my most challenging year yet. This holiday break I have had the chance to ruminate on the past year and come up with a short list of resolutions for the upcoming semester and year.
Many times I have heard myself say something along the lines of “I don’t care about grades” but I can feel that part of my heart cares a lot about my grades. I don’t want to totally disregard my grades but I do want to discontinue the pressure I feel that I put on myself. Grades make us much more competitive and I would like to put an end to my own draw to feel competitive against classmates.
2. Independence from school
This last year I averaged close to 40 hours a week at school in class time alone, then there were the incalculable number of hours that were spent studying. This next year I want to make time for activities outside of school. Spending time with family, reconnecting with friends, and devoting time to myself are all new resolutions for this year.
3. Meeting new people
At this point in our vet school careers, we have our good friends that we associate with but soon we will be in clinics where we will have to work closely with students that we may not know as well. This year, I would like to make an energetic effort to get out there and reach out to other students and get to know them better. It could be something as simple as sitting with others at a lunch meeting or joining others in studying.
Of all my resolutions though, I think the most important one is to remember to be proud of myself. There is a lot of hard work and dedication put into vet school and no matter what happens, this journey is something to be proud of.