Life in vet school can be hard. REALLY hard. The constant pressure of upcoming exams and due dates, the imposter syndrome (this part is the worst), sleepless nights, studying and going to classes while sick (so you don’t get behind, of course), and the feeling that you can never do it all. Let me be clear: I would not be able to survive all of this without the amazingly supportive family that I have backing me up through every step of this journey. To my family and to anyone else whose son, daughter, brother, sister, spouse, or friend is in veterinary school, these are the wonderful things you do that are helping me survive this season of my life.
- Sending me updates. Yes, I’m busy, but nothing brightens my day more than getting a quick text checking in, a meme to make me laugh, or a picture of my nieces and nephews at a family dinner I couldn’t make it home for. These quick snapshots of what life after vet school will be like are what keep me going day today.
- Offering encouragement. I don’t know how many times I’ve told my husband that “I don’t think I can do this.” But, every single time, he tells me that he knows I can do it and that he believes in me. It’s always enough to get me back on my feet and to try again.
- Respecting when I say “I have to go study.” Unfortunately, even when I can come home throughout the semester, I must spend at least some of that time studying for my next exam. Having a family that is willing to give me a few hours when I ask for it to get in some study time is invaluable.
Vet school isn’t easy, but with a loving and supportive family I am making it through. Thank you for supporting me, believing in me, and helping me on this journey to becoming a veterinarian. I could not do any of this without you!