Like most veterinary students from the United States, I have an absurd amount of student loan debt. I cringe every four months when I get my FedLoans quarterly interest rate and cry over every veterinary economic article. I get frustrated when I have to sit through lectures directed at teaching my Canadian classmates how to tackle their loans in less than ten years. I laugh out loud whenever someone tells me I’ll make a lot of money someday. I have accepted that I will be paying back my loans for the majority of my life. I know that I’ll be working my butt off to live a comfortable life and I’m okay with that.
I know this post comes across a bit pessimistic but it embodies the harsh reality that most of us will face. We knew the financial hardship (I hope) that accompanied this profession and we stuck with it regardless.
I would be lying if I said that I never had moments where I regretted my decision. I actually took two years off after undergrad because I had given up on my desire to become a veterinarian. After applying to numerous graduate programs and working within the field, I knew there was no other option for me. I made the conscious decision to pursue this career despite constant warnings from my colleagues. Still, acceptance is a hard pill to swallow.
I will struggle for the rest of my career. Unsurprisingly, many of you will too. But, at the end of the day, we will get through it together.