Last night, while attempting to unwind after a stressful weekend sandwiched by a Friday large animal anatomy exam and a Monday immunology final, I found myself wavering between a) taking a well-deserved night off, or b) doing a little bit of light pathology reading so that I wouldn’t be crushed later by the large backlog of reading. After making the decision to finish the pathology chapter then switch to watching Last Night Tonight with John Oliver, I looked up from my computer screen to find I had scarfed nearly half the container of chocolate-covered gummy bears…and I don’t even particularly like chocolate-covered gummy bears.
Vet school has this insidious way of making you forget how unhealthy barbeque chips are, or how a pint of Ben & Jerry’s shouldn’t qualify as dinner. After a long day of classes, studying, and labs, it can be hard to go grocery shopping and not buy a special something as a reward. Several of my classmates “stress bake,” which is kind of awesome because we have Cookie Monster cupcakes or jam thumbprints to munch on the next day in class. And surprisingly, studying takes a lot out of you. It may seem like reading syllabi and typing up notes shouldn’t take much energy, but it sure makes me ravenous. Best case scenario, I grab some carrots or an apple, but other times I just can’t resist the chips and popcorn.
All this extra food wouldn’t be so much of a problem if I stayed on top of my daily exercise, but between less-than-inspiring weather, the long class days, and the fact that I detest exercising indoors, well… you can guess what happens. But spring is here, which means more hours of sun and drier ground, so hopefully I’ll be able to get out there hiking again. There’s no better stress reliever than breathing fresh air, listening to the birds, and breaking up the monotony of cadavers and histology slides with images of trees and sunlight.