During my down time at work this summer, I started creating a list of things I need to do before leaving for veterinary school. After looking over the massive list, one thing is certain. There is still a lot left to do, and time is running out. Believe it or not, preparing for my first big move and veterinary school has been quite stressful. My head has been in a million different places, trying to figure out many different things. For example, how am I going to transport everything I own nearly 800 miles with my dinky Toyota Corolla? Is my vehicle sturdy enough to make the trip to Virginia? Where will I be living and with whom? How much loan money should I take out? How am I going to get any of this done while working as much as I do?
However, slowly but surely I’ve been crossing things off my to-do list. My father recently acquired a van that we’ll use to move my dresser, bed, and other large things. Thankfully, I won’t have to strap any of those items to my roof like I’ve done in the past. I also signed a lease on an apartment with a couple of second-year VMRCVM students. My loans are all set up and hopefully budgeted wisely enough so I won’t end up living on Ramen for the entire year.
But one of the most important things to do before leaving is to spend as much time as possible with my friends and family. Lately I find myself swimming at the beach, going out to eat, and enjoying an occasional night on the town with friends. With the last couple weeks of summer winding down, I know that a little rest and relaxation is in order before diving head first into classes. This will be the last time I’ll see anyone from Vermont for a while, so taking advantage of the final precious moments with them is a must.