The beginning of December is almost upon us, which means that the most wonderful time of the year is almost here. We will all get to go home, celebrate the holidays with our friends and families, and get to enjoy a nice relaxing break with our minds away from the classroom. But before we can get there, we must first fight our way through the most dreadful time of the year. Any student knows that I am talking about finals. For the last 3 months, we have all been slaving away trying to learn as much as humanly possible. The culmination of a semester’s hard work is slowly approaching, and it serves as the sole barrier standing between school and a well-deserved break.
In veterinary school, stress runs rampant among the students. Biochemistry and anatomy seem to be classes that are of main concern for me and my classmates. Many questions constantly run through my head (and undoubtedly every other veterinary student’s head). What grade must I get on the final in order to pass and remain a member of the class? Do we have to know this slide? Is this exam really cumulative? How many days until the final? Why didn’t I start studying weeks ago?
Despite all of the stress and paranoia flying around about the upcoming finals, I want to remind all of us veterinary students of one thing. We are capable of doing well, and we should not have anything to worry about. Anyone accepted in a veterinary college or any school has the ability to succeed. We all learned the material for previous exams, so it should not be as difficult to refresh our memories on topics we may have forgotten. So my advice is to relax, study hard, and put your best foot forward. All will be fine! Before you know it, the most dreadful time of the year will be over and that well-deserved winter break will be here.