In the past two years, I felt privileged to have had the chance to be a blogger for the Merck Manual Vet Student Stories. It all started with a short essay that I randomly wrote after my trip to the 2014 SAVMA symposium in Minnesota. After I wrote that essay, I felt so compelled to share my life and experience in veterinary school with my peers.
If schooling is purely about studying, it can’t be good enough. Veterinary school is filled with countless late nights of studying, overwhelming pressure from tightly scheduled exams, and other challenging times. Nevertheless, there are numerous other things that are as important as studying and have shaped who I am today – friendship, teamwork, mentorship, wellness-related events, and of course cooking (thanks to myself for being so diligent and good at cooking so that I did not lose any weight during veterinary school). Before blogging, I did not realize those wonderful things could be even more wonderful by reflecting and keeping a record of it. Blogging about my very own journey required me to dig into details of my memory and it was amazing how many things would have been wasted just staying in my head and not shared with everybody.
I thank each of you whoever read, liked, or shared my posts. I also routinely read posts written by other veterinary students and I enjoyed doing so and learned a lot from them as well. Nothing is better than learning from your peers. My days blogging for the Merck Manual Vet Student Stories will be very much missed and I sincerely wish everyone the very best of luck in their future endeavors!