Transitioning into veterinary school was a difficult time for me. I had the option of going to school with a few of my close friends, but ultimately we all ended up going to different schools. The choice was difficult to make, and especially difficult because I knew that I could have had a great living situation with people who I study well with. Coming into veterinary school, I was worried that this decision could have a big impact on my studies.
However, when I started school, I quickly found my place and everything felt just like it used to. So far I have found a few close friends who I work really well with. Without them, I don’t think I would be able to survive. They keep you going, they help you understand things that aren’t quite clicking, and they are there for you when you need them.
Right now my friend and I are drilling ourselves in our laboratory classes (anatomy, parasitology, neuro, etc). In other study groups, everyone gets together and brings questions they’ve prepared about class material. By including other people’s thoughts and ideas, it emphasizes things you may not have realized are important.
Without a doubt, working with other people is key to success in veterinary school and the profession. It It is impossible to learn everything and do everything without relying on someone else to help. I never imagined I would become so close to these new people as quickly as I did. But being surrounded by 125 other students each day, it is only natural that everyone would become so close so quickly. Veterinary school is rough, but together everyone can get through it.