My first official week of veterinary school classes at Virginia Tech has finally come to an end. This has been something I’ve been waiting for for a long time. If you are wondering how it feels, many words come to mind. These include, but are not limited to, relieved, scared, happy, stressed, and anxious about what the future holds.
But despite all these mixed feelings, the most important thing is that I am feeling confident about the future. The teachers and faculty have instilled in all of us the confidence we need to succeed. Unlike in my undergraduate studies, it is a pleasure rather than a chore to study and spend extra time to learn material. Going into the anatomy lab to memorize the names of bones or do a little more dissection work is satisfying, because I am living my dreams with open eyes. I know that every bit of information that will be thrown at me over the next 4 years (or 3 years and 9 months as one teacher said) will be something that will make me a stronger veterinarian. I have also found that the things I’ve been studying make more sense and come much easier to me than anything I have ever done before. Maybe this sense of confidence and everything described above will wear off once the first exams hit, but right now I’ll take it.
The path ahead may be rough, but the ultimate goal lies ahead. All that’s left to do is study hard and enjoy the ride!