Winter break is fast approaching but relief is nowhere to be found. Assignments, exams, and clinical shadowing have me up to my ears in work. While I am not complaining, I sure am tired. I find it almost impossible to keep up with everything while still attending my 8am-5pm classes.
I have never been one to play hooky from school. Even when sick, I would feel anxious about missing a lecture. I always believed that I would learn best by going to every single class. Well, I have come to realize that this no longer applies to veterinary school.
Sure, going to class and having a professor explain the material is extremely helpful. When you’re present you are able to listen and grasp the concepts more easily. The professors may emphasize the key concepts of their lectures and even drop exam hints. But, this is only helpful when you can actually pay attention. I have found that at certain times, especially when I am stressed, it is best not to attend class.
Generally, I am more productive outside of school, especially during the morning. It is extremely difficult for me to get home after hours of lecture and sit down to study and complete assignments. There are literally not enough hours in the day to get everything done – at least at the rate of speed that I work.
As a consequence, I have started to skip some classes. I do this for the sake of my own productivity and mental sanity. The guilt is still there as I quietly slip out of my seat in between lectures, but I know this is the only way that I can keep up with my academics.
There have been times when I have wondered if this makes me a bad student. I have worried about it quite frequently, only to be reassured by classmates that they have coped similarly. I think it is important to realize that we all learn differently. Each one of us achieves success in different ways. If I need to skip class every so often, then so be it.