It’s noon on a Monday, with only a few hours remaining before the start of the dreaded anatomy exam. Five minutes later, an email shows up saying that classes have been canceled for the rest of the day due to accumulating snow. The exam would have to be taken on another day. While some were happy, many of us just wanted to take the exam and get it over with.
Many of the other veterinary schools have had many snow days this year, particularly at Tufts and Prince Edward Island. My friends at those schools have both had 6 snow days this month, and both are rearing to get back into their programs. While growing up in Vermont, I was always ecstatic to have a snow day. So far this year, I have had two half days off and based on that miserable experience, I live in fear of having another one. Classes and exams have to be rescheduled and made up, and quite frankly no one has the time for that. I can’t imagine what my other friends have to do to make up work.
Everyone always talks about the crazy things veterinary students do, and how hardworking and determined we can be. I think that this is a pretty good example. You know you’re a vet student when you never want a snow day again and would be willing to risk life and limb to finish an exam. I have heard many different variations of this phrase, because every student has his or her own little variation of it. No matter what is said, these little phrases show not only our ability but our passion for our profession.