It’s been four months since I officially became a senior vet student! It seems like it was yesterday when I spent all my weekends in the anatomy lab during my first year. I started my vet school journey three years ago and time has flown by. Sometimes I still cannot believe that my third year is over and I am not a junior anymore.
But, the last semester of third-year was the toughest one so far and it taught more than I could ever imagine. I realized that I was stronger than I think and I must trust the process. I learned to be more resilient and work smarter rather than harder. I realized time was more valuable than ever that semester. For that, I always tried my best to make good use of it. I knew that time wasted could never be recovered, so I used any free time between classes or mini-rotations to catch up on my studies. It was worth it and reminded me that time is more important than we think.
Honestly, becoming a junior vet student was physically and emotionally exhausting. I would say that the amount of material to be learned was three times more than in first-year. But I MADE it…and I will never forget those busy afternoons doing mini-rotations in the Small Animal Teaching Hospital, the long nights in the surgery lab and the sleep-deprived Friday mornings. However, I am sure that every single challenge overcame prepared me for my last year and reminded me that “the best is yet to come.”
I might not be 100% ready for every single challenge on this last chapter of my vet school journey, but I know that sooner than later I will become Dr. Colon!