is the time to set up new goals for the New Year! 2017 was a hard year for me and many of my classmates. With most of our classes being strictly theory it was hard to keep motivated and to keep our eyes off the prize, the animals. However, with 2018 we have many practical classes coming up such as Nursing and Radiology, which will really be the classes that will make us or break us in the Animal Health program. Here are a couple New Year’s resolutions that I have made consisting of goals I have made for myself in order to get through the following semesters.
- Mastering syringe techniques: I have already taken blood and have done several sub Q injections, however, my control leaves much to be desired. For some reason when a syringe is in my hands my brain does not seem to connect. I am going to undoubtedly need to master these techniques in the upcoming year if I am going to succeed.
- Studying earlier: As I proceed in my courses they are getting more and more difficult. This means that at some point just studying for an exam the day before isn’t going to be enough. My goal is to create better studying habits by studying for classes a bit every week. When exam time arrives I will be more prepared and less overwhelmed by the amount of material that I need to study.
- Not forgetting about self-care: Self-care is very important and is a vital component of not burning out. With the increasing workload of school, it is important that I do not forget about creating and eating good home cooked meals, exercising, and seeing my friends. Time management is obviously a large component of this, but it’s important to realize when to take a break.
Three goals seem simple, but I am sure it will prove more difficult than it seems. However, all I can do is look forward to the year and be hopeful as I move closer to becoming a full-fledged Vet Tech.