Not many people outside of my family know that I blog about my veterinary school experiences. Occasionally someone somehow finds out and the reactions that I get are always interesting. For instance, one woman in my class was a fan of the Merck Veterinary Manual Facebook page and one day randomly saw my picture with an attached blog article posted on the site. She said that her jaw dropped when she made the connection and just couldn’t believe it.
When asked why I haven’t told the world about my writing, I just honestly don’t think I’m all that good at it. But everyone that I’ve heard back from says that they like reading the blog. My biggest fan is probably one of my best friends that sits on my left in class. He always asks about my posts and wants to know what I have been writing about. He’s always offering suggestions as to what I should write about or asks when another post will be put up.
Most people wonder how I got this gig to begin with. One of my best friends from undergrad, who started vet school at Prince Edward Island the year before me, had already been blogging for a year by the time I started vet school. One day I saw a post from her looking for other students to join in so naturally I took her up on the offer and applied (if she’s reading this, she certainly knows who she is and I’m extremely thankful for the opportunity). It’s interesting to read her posts and see how my vet school experience compares to hers. In total, 4 of the bloggers on this site are from the University of Vermont where I went to school, so this site is a nice way to keep up with old classmates.
Others want to know why I am even blogging in the first place. I’m not all that outgoing so many are especially surprised that I am doing this. But for me, this is a good way to express myself and everyone that I’ve mentioned it to think it’s very cool that I’m doing this. It’s also a great way to tell my friends and family all over the world about my time in veterinary school. Most of my family members read so it’s nice for them as well. As a poor veterinary student, the money is very nice and a big reason why I keep writing. However, the biggest draw is because I also like the idea of having a collection of stories that I can look back on when I am older and my memory starts to fade.
While I might not always have time to do it and sometimes it’s difficult to come up with topics to write about, I am glad that I have written these stories throughout vet school and that people out there actually like to read them.
If you are interested in blogging for the Merck Veterinary Manual Student Stories, apply here.