Today, we drop in on the permanently stressed out fourth-year veterinary student:
It’s the time of year after the NAVLE, but before scores are released. It’s the time of year you realize you should have left your externships until the end, so you could have used them for working interviews. It’s the time of year you find out if you haven’t had your vacation yet, that your vacation will likely consist of traveling to job sites and interviews. It’s before state boards and after most of your rotations have finished, when you start thinking about where your family will stay for graduation in a few months. It’s the time of year of the most uncertainty–as a new year starts.
Hopefully, the fourth-year student by this time feels confident, poised and ready to begin a career they’ve worked fiercely towards for four years. However, it’s likely that the fourth-year feels like me: excitedly terrified. Don’t get me wrong, I’m ready to be out in the world practicing veterinary medicine, but I am so nervous to be finally on my own in this field. It will be quite a learning curve even after all of my training thus far, and, I don’t even know for sure if I’ve passed the NAVLE yet! It’s been quite a ride through vet school, but nothing has been quite as rocky or bumpy as the last few months of fourth-year. As much as I try to remain calm, so much hinges on just how well these next few months go–my test scores, my confidence with my own patients, my sanity finishing out one of the toughest degree programs I have ever known.
Here’s hoping that the new year brings hope, relief, and less stress than the last year!