My first week in clinic this summer went a lot like this. “Hi, I’m Shannon, I’m a veterinary student hanging out for this summer.” This basically set me up for having an excuse for fumbling my way through things and not knowing what I was doing 90% of the time. Now that I’ve become more comfortable in the clinic, learning the daily routine, working in the lab and practicing my vet school knowledge, I like to own up to being a vet student, rather than using it as the bashful covering to my seeming incompetence.
My boss, whom I’ve worked with since I was a wee lass in high school, always introduces me as a vet student and is proud of me being in vet school. I’m proud of me being in vet school, too, don’t get me wrong. I get to say to myself every day that I’ve accomplished something great by getting accepted into a very competitive program and have kept myself in that program for two years. Even after two years though, I still have those moments when I feel like I’ve learned nothing.
We’ve been exposed to so much knowledge over the past two years that we can’t possibly retain it all. It’s the repeating and applying the knowledge that makes it stick. My problem now is just trying to find that sentence I had read once in the first semester of first year in my brain to be able to use it toward a case. I have to keep learning and working toward making sure what I’m learning doesn’t go to waste.