As veterinary students, we were all warned that veterinary school would be one of the hardest things any student would have to do. After my first two months in veterinary school, I am now firmly a believer in that statement. In the past 3 weeks, I have been through at least 6 exams and 4 quizzes. And these are just the ones I’m able to remember because I stopped counting a long time ago. With the amount of work and time investments, the past month of October literally has been one for my record books!
I knew coming into school that it would be a challenge, but the first wave of exams have given me a big confidence boost. I know that I am capable, and I’ve been able to adopt study methods that will make the rest of veterinary school much easier. Unlike my undergraduate education, studying the material and absorbing as much material as possible is actually an enjoyable task.
In the last two months alone, I’ve learned more than I have in the last two years. And that is one of the major reasons why I love veterinary medicine. There is always something new to learn, something new and exciting to see each and every day. I also find it pleasing knowing that everything I’m being taught has a purpose and will be of some use in the future. In a sense, I am being handed tools and being taught how to use them. Each and every one, whether it be identifying structures in anatomy, testing blood for immunoglobulins, or performing a physical exam, everything is an important stepping stone to becoming a successful veterinarian. As I go through each day, I can see the pieces of the puzzle starting to come together right before my eyes. But I should probably get back to studying, there are more exams looming on the horizon!