The light at the end of the tunnel is beginning to come into view. Soon it will be summer and for many first- and second-year students in the States, this means a break from academics. However, it may seem like we have a few mountains to climb before we can rest. Now is a moment for true leadership.
Final exams are stressful, and the build-up can be painful for some. If you’re a vet student reading this, I’d encourage you to consider your classmates at this time. Reach out, listen a little more, and do a good deed because your kindness will not go unnoticed. Stress can have detrimental implications that too easily go unnoticed.
When I was younger, my father gave me a plaque with a quote by Theodore Roosevelt that was an excerpt from the speech Citizen in a Republic. As competitive as veterinary school may sometimes be, I’ve found myself reflecting on this line recently. “It’s not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done better…” We are all in this together, and it’s important to help foster a strong community in our academic institutions. As community-service professionals, I think we could all gain much by giving the little things more thought.