Some days you’re the pigeon…some days, you’re the statue. That’s how life works. Vet school is no different. Some days I feel like I’m on top of the world. I know so much more than I did when I started this journey three months ago. And in those moments, I feel optimistic and happy and invincible. Those days, I’m the pigeon. But that doesn’t mean that not-so-great days don’t happen as well, because they do. It’s those days when you’re so stressed–so much studying to do, so many places to be, and nothing seems to be going your way…you’re the statue.
Despite the fact that you can’t control the less-than-stellar days, you can control how you let them affect you. I constantly need to take a deep breath and remind myself of this. It’s a gradual work in process. I know that I can’t be perfect, but I can put forth my best effort and I’m learning to embrace that fact. The world will not end because the grade I got on an exam was lower than what I wanted. Vet school is about so much more than that.
We’re here to learn, of course, but we’re also here to become a part of a community larger than ourselves. We’re surrounded by our colleagues–the people who will become lifelong friends, potential business partners, and continual supporters. For this reason, even during the worst days, I know that I’m part of a vet school family that always has my back. The relationships we’re building now will help us to get through those “statue” days with a smile. We rely on and encourage each other. We make each other stronger, and as a result, our statue days aren’t as bad, and our pigeon days are even better.