The nights are getting colder, the foliage changing, and (don’t forget!) midterms are burying vet students. While I’ve been studying for exam after exam, I can’t help but notice that one of the most interesting lessons I’ve learned as a vet student is how people react during times of stress.
A vet I worked with once described vet school as drinking from a fire hose. The impression that I hope to leave any non-vet student readers with is this: we (your friendly vet students) sincerely want to be more aware and involved in what’s going on in our communities (and many of us are), but we have only so much energy and time in the day. Right now the semester is grinding, and it feels like we’re inching our way toward the light. Please be mindful of this, though we are busy, we will always be busy, and it is necessary that we learn to devote some attention to the events and people around us.
Embarrassingly, I’ve had to own the fact that I am not informed about a few more than a few topics. Politics is always important, and I’d be willing to bet that most vet students have a test coming up and don’t know what’s going on on Nov. 4. The lesson is that we may be potentially limiting ourselves by being unaware.
I’ll get off my soapbox, but in parting, I think we are doing the most good for our communities when we avoid entrapment by being preoccupied. In the future, it will be critical for us, as vets (sounds pretty sweet!), to help the patient and run the business.