The summer is winding down. One of the veterinarians turned to me today in surgery and asked me how long I would still be out here at New Bolton Center until I had to return to the real world. I laughed and responded that I had only a week longer — but that the “real world” was hardly anything close to being in a classroom for hours upon hours learning about veterinary medicine. It is pretty much universally accepted that veterinary school is a full-time job, and in that way I can definitely see how someone might refer to it as the “real world.” But I can’t wait until my real world involves treating horses as opposed to studying PowerPoint presentations and taking exams.
In a way, being out here is such a tease. For ten weeks, I suspend all reality and get to play with horses with no responsibilities that I do not want and have all of the learning opportunities in my lap. But then at the end of these five rotations, I have a brief period of “nothingness” before I am thrust back into the throes of vet school.
I suppose it is a little different this time. I don’t have an entire year of classes ahead of me, but only one more semester. Once the New Year comes around, I will enter into our “large animal block” electives. According to everyone who takes those classes, it is a great experience. I just have to remember it will be only a short time before I get to return to where I feel most comfortable, helpful, and knowledgeable.
So it is almost good-bye for now, but I will see you again soon, New Bolton Center!