Veterinary school, and I assume many professional programs, has this way of disconnecting you from the rest of reality. It has been a tough week for Colorado and Colorado State University’s Professional Veterinary Medical Program. To start, we had incredible amounts of rain causing flooding and damage across the northern part of the state. Lives, both human and animal, have been lost, and homes have been destroyed. There are photos of cattle huddling together in belly deep water, or the cowboy on horseback ponying another horse to safety through chest high water. I have no intention of minimizing this horrible event, but it is not the main inspiration for this post.
A classmate, colleague, and friend has passed away. She was a member of my class, which is essentially now a family. Corissa was dedicated to our profession, even through very challenging times. We can all relate to being consumed by the day-to-day of life. For some that means late nights at the office. As a veterinary student this means feeling as though the exams, homework, quizzes, projects, meetings, and clubs overwhelm us. We may not call our families, text our far away friends, or even meet new people for weeks at a time. Time passes so fast that we don’t realize a birthday we missed. We all are guilty of this, some more than others, no matter how careful we are.
We hear often from our more experienced instructors or administration that these four years are all about balance. I envy those that have been able to find it. For me, and probably the majority of my classmates, vet school consumes me. It has to. I have to make it a priority to resurface again. Whether you send an e-mail to your closest family, write a letter to friends, or call your mom- be sure to reconnect. It is far too easy to think that you have the busiest most stressful life of everyone around you. However, we signed up for this. When we signed our acceptance letter, we said we could handle it. Obviously we need to prioritize and certain things may not be routine, but personal relationships should not suffer. Now is not the time to make excuses and be too busy to ______(fill in the blank).