I’ve said it before, and I’ll probably be saying it for the rest of my life — I’m stressed out. Juggling school, work, finances, and extracurricular activities can be rough. It’s all about balance, a balance that I feel like I’m constantly striving for but will never quite reach.
But you know what? That’s okay. I may never have everything figured out. I may always feel like I could be spending more time studying or reading or working. Yet, I have learned just how important it is to take a step back from the stress and make time for what I care about that makes me feel “whole” and complete.
Vet school is a stepping stone. It is not my entire life. True, I have calculated every step of my journey to this point, planning and analyzing how to best achieve my lifelong goal and end up here, but my life is so much more than this. Sometimes, it seems like I spent so much time working to get into school that once I made it, I allowed it to completely consume me.
I feel beyond fortunate for the opportunity to achieve my childhood dream and enter a profession that means so much to me. However, at the end of these four years, I will just be me again with a DVM after my name and no longer will I have vet school to hide behind. For this reason, I’m making a point to maintain some semblance of a life through all of the school stress. Whether it’s hiking or rock climbing, attending family gatherings or relaxing with friends, my identity extends beyond vet school, and devoting time to embrace that will help me to appreciate my vet school experience even more.