My graduation brought about the end of a long four years that held a lot of ups and downs. Prince Edward Island, Canada became my home for the time I spent in school, and it will forever hold a lot of memories for me.
Sure, there were times that I didn’t have the best experiences on the island. Being locked in the house for six days because there were feet upon feet of snow was not the most enjoyable experience and I could do without dealing with that much snow ever again. Exam seasons spent hunkered down inside, drinking coffee until I was sick, again, I could live without. The good certainly outweighed the bad though and that’s something to be grateful for.
I made some of the best friends I could have imagined on the island. My classmates were supportive, entertaining, and always good for a laugh or a shoulder to cry on. My landlords/neighbors/friends were always there to lend an ear and a cup of tea. I also had my friends outside of vet school to remind me of the real world and make sure I got mental health breaks. My professors at school and the fantastic support staff in the hospital made sure we were learning in a positive atmosphere and that we would be prepared for the real world which was soon approaching. While I loved the fresh seafood and peaceful beaches PEI had to offer, I think it will mostly be the people I’ll miss. These people made vet school the perfect place to learn as a student and grow as a person. I will always have a special place in my heart for the people I met on PEI and the red sand that’s left in my shoes.