There are many poignant moments during the journey to and through veterinary school, but perhaps none more exhilarating than the day you begin and the day you finish veterinary school. As a recent vet school graduate, I have had the privilege of experiencing all the highs and lows associated with this crazy journey. As I reflect back on my veterinary school experience I try to think of a few encouraging thoughts to share with current and future veterinary school students – thoughts that you should think about both as you begin veterinary school and as you graduate:
Why do you want to be a veterinarian?
This is perhaps the most common question asked to veterinary school hopefuls – and for good reason. This question gets to the root of your why. So why do you want to be here? What was the influencing factor for why you wanted to be a veterinarian? You’d be surprised how easy it is to forget your why as you forge through vet school.
Imagine yourself in the prime of your career. Where are you and what are you doing?
Keep your eye on the prize. It’s important to set goals throughout vet school, and just as important to set goals for after vet school. Keeping a list of goals will help keep you motivated throughout vet school.
What makes you proud to be in veterinary school or as a veterinarian?
As vet students and as veterinarians it’s common to not give yourself the credit you deserve. What makes you proud? Take a chance to remember your hard work, dedication, and talent it takes to get where you are.
What are your thoughts? Are there any you’d add? Please share in the comments!