It’s that time of year again, spring is in the air, baby animals are on the ground, and third-year vet students are? Panicking. We’re panicking. It’s almost time to move into our clinical year and after a spring break (aka last vacation before fourth-year) of not-enough-time, we are gearing up to get out of the classroom and into the hospital. Well, we are trying anyway. It seems like our moods should mirror the nice weather and blooming wildflowers, but most of us are dragging ourselves to lectures and practically living on coffee. We are making ourselves busier than we really should be—out of our nervousness stems a wealth of “I need to do this,” “Oh dang, I forgot about that,” and the all-important “Why didn’t I do anything over the break?!?!” Dear third years of vet schools everywhere, I feel you, and we can do this.
Enjoy spring time for its true joys—baby animals and being outdoors. Take some time for yourself to just chill before the clinical year starts. Don’t try to do too much, and just keep on trucking through school. I know, it feels like the lectures will never end some days, but we will get there soon enough. In just a few short months, for all intents and purposes, we will be doctors, real doctors making real change. We can make it just a little longer. Before we know it, even our days in a teaching hospital will be over and we’ll finally be living our dreams for real—some of us living a dream we’ve had since we were two, who didn’t realize how very difficult and rewarding, and hard, but yes rewarding, and just terrible at times, but so so rewarding, this profession would be. It is almost my time, visions of white coats and stethoscopes dancing in my head. Oh, and puppies, spring is for puppies.
Oh, and puppies, spring is for puppies.