My alarm has been set for 5:45 AM for every day of Large Animal Block.
I always considered myself a morning person, but these last few weeks have really tested my resolve. Yet, I have to say that waking up before 6:00 AM would not have been possible for me during the last two and a half years of school. Though getting up before the sun rises and returning home after it has already set can be somewhat depressing, there is something to be said for the fact that I have (relatively) no issue waking up this early to go learn more about horses.
At 5:45 AM, I am typically in bed contemplating the pros and cons of removing myself from the comfort of my warm sheets and blankets for the seemingly arctic tundra that exists in West Chester, PA, on early January mornings. If it were not for the pony that I am in charge of looking after each morning with two of my classmates, I am not sure that making the decision to get out of bed would come as easily.
Nevertheless, I typically find myself on the road driving to New Bolton Center before 6:30 AM with a full cup of coffee in hand. Just as my 20-minute walk to school when I lived in Philadelphia gave me time to get my mind in order and to start contemplating the day’s tasks, the 20-minute drive through the winding roads that lead me to New Bolton offer me the same.
I am reminded each time I step foot into “A Barn” that I did in fact make the correct decision a few years ago when I first decided to apply to veterinary school. I am reminded about my love for horses and for veterinary medicine.
In that moment, that 5:45 AM alarm is the last thing on my mind.
I am happy.