First day of school! First day of school! That’s what I was shouting inside my head as I drove myself to class for the first time here at the AVC. Nervousness, excitement, fear, and all the feelings in between plagued me as I entered the doorway on Monday, but five days later I’m a well-acclimated student and the first week didn’t kill me.
Things I’ve learned:
- Arrive early, people are intense about seating.
- More testosterone is needed in the classroom (we have seven men in a class of sixty-six).
- Chicken noodle soup is better to ingest after a marathon than sports drinks due to it’s similarity to our blood composition.
- Cats were domesticated as a result of mice coming to farms which was a result of harvesting crops.
- Mussels need veterinarians too.
Obviously, I need to spend some serious time with the books this long weekend. This week dragged on and it flew by at the same time. Amongst classes and orientation activities still occurring, I didn’t have a lot of free time. What free time I did have was spent trying to read material we went over in class or would be going over in the next class. Welcome to vet school! Being in veterinary school, I definitely have a much larger class load than I did in undergraduate. I’m currently enrolled in eight classes: Intro to Veterinary Medicine, Animal Production Systems, Macro Anatomy, Structure & Function, Microscopic Anatomy, Animal Behavior & Welfare, Immunology and Physiology. I’m pleased to say, however, that the education I received at UVM is already helping me out; a lot of what I learned this week was review! It was definitely nice knowing what the professors were talking about, especially since this first week was so jam-packed with activities and opportunities.
For now, tonight’s about celebrating the first week of school being completed! A pub-crawl has been organized as part of our orientation, and rumor has it there’s a drink called the Urinalysis. I promise I’ll hit the books tomorrow!