With the new year so fresh in our minds, we can’t help but think of all the new beginnings we planned to start. Maybe you had a New Year’s resolution. For many, including myself, it was to eat healthier, be kinder and practice patience. But a new start means so much more than what you can do for the next 365 days. For many of us in vet school, it’s a fresh mind after our break to get back into learning what we love, a chance to start new friendships or build on the ones we have and a chance to be one step closer to the kind of veterinarian we strive to be.
At the end of 2017, I looked back at everything I did. 2017 was a huge year for me: I learned to skydive, I backpacked in the wilderness for a week, I climbed the infamous Half Dome and planned a trip to another country by myself. But the one thing that stood out above the rest was my acceptance and start in vet school.
I would have never imagined I could have learned so much in one semester in veterinary school as I have. I have acquired so many new words and have begun to start the diagnosis and treatment mindset. I have gained so many new friends and couldn’t imagine making it through vet school without them. They are my rocks, study partners and procrastinating gym professors. Moving to a new state hundreds of miles from home was a huge step for me, and it has changed who I am and made me more independent. Overall, 2017 was fantastic and I cannot wait to see what 2018 has in store.