Being a veterinary student means putting 99% of whatever your actual life is on hold and focusing 150% of your attention on schoolwork. Although being on clinics has been an incredible experience so far, the workload has probably exponentially increased compared with being in the classroom. I have enjoyed the early mornings that turn into busy days that turn into long nights. I have learned more about myself than I ever thought would be possible to learn about oneself in such a short amount of time.
But it’s busy. All the time.
When you are still in the classroom, you can budget your time more efficiently because your schedule is laid out for you. It is decided when and where you will have to be for class and when your exams are and when you will be able to hang out with friends and when you will have to pull an all-nighter. On clinics, although there is some structure and semblance of a schedule, often times making a plan is a surefire way to be sure that there is in fact no plan.
For example: one should never make the statement “Wow, this week has been really light as far as cases go!” Not only is that a great way to alienate yourself from the rest of your class and quite possibly annoy the clinicians you’re on the rotation with, but I can practically guarantee that whoever is on call that night will be swamped with cases.
Obviously, there is no real science behind that logic. It is complete superstition. But you might be surprised how many veterinary students are actually superstitious, despite their intense science background.