I started this idea right before my first year of vet school. Partially because I was semi-hoarding items ? and because I wanted to be able to look back on how far I’ve come. Like many of you, I am extremely hard on myself and I forget to acknowledge how much I’ve really done in my life to get to where I am today. I created this box to place any sentimental items from friends or family, accomplishments/awards, items I do not want to lose sight of, etc. so I could go back to them whenever I felt like it.
The “Box of You” project can turn into anything you want, but ideally it serves as a spot where you can go back and pull out memories or items that have helped you become the person you are today. Now that I’ve completed almost 3 years of veterinary school, I’ve added more items that I want to visit again when I’m in clinics and other items such as bad grade reports or feedback evaluations to remind myself that I’m always learning, growing, and improving.
My box includes the following items:
-Letters and cards from people close to me
-Awards and honors
-Unsatisfactory grade reports
-Peer and Professor evaluations
-Tokens from my undergraduate experience (leadership experiences, sorority life, etc.)
-Items from all conferences
-Lapel pins (to put on that white coat soon!)
If you can find the time, I encourage you to start your own “Box of You” that you can always look back on. Vet school is hard and it can make you feel unworthy or not enough at times…but you are! Remember the things that have shaped your life and gotten you where you are today!