It’s one of the most common things I heard during the first week of veterinary school. The imposter syndrome. Am I worthy of being here? How the heck did I get in? All along the faculty told us that we all deserved to be here. They said we were not impostors disguised as future veterinarians. We did not trick people or get into veterinary school by being deceitful. Each and every one of us was chosen because they could see the beginnings of a great veterinarian. At the time it was hard to put much faith in those reassuring words and votes of confidence.
Upon starting veterinary school, I thought all of those people were crazy. The work load was immense, things didn’t come as quickly to me as they did in the past, and I had to put in more time studying than ever before. At times, I felt like I was a stupid kid among really intelligent people with fantastic veterinary experiences. Seeing other students study and how much they knew made me feel like I wasn’t doing enough, and that I should try harder.
It’s taken a while to get used to the idea, but now I can actually see that it is true. The work load and stress of classes got much easier as the first semester moved along. Grades have gone up, and everyone in the class seems to be doing much better than at the very beginning. Despite what I initially thought (and what many other people thought too), we are all in the same boat. The same thoughts were going through all of my classmates’ minds. Ultimately, everyone was accepted into the program because of their intelligence and strong veterinary skills and work ethic.
While I initially thought that I did not belong in veterinary school, I now realize that I am meant to be here. I am cut out for this, and I will be successful. I will get a DVM.