The week of November 16 dawned bright and sunny in Columbus, Ohio, with lovely fall weather. However, inside the Ohio State Veterinary Medical Center everything was different, with tension everywhere. Students who weren’t busy had their faces buried in books or were furiously reading their tablets. It was the start of boards for all the fourth-year veterinary students. The test that we have been studying for for the last three and a half years was finally here. The testing window is four weeks long and, to some extent, we have a choice of when we sit for the exam. I chose to take the test the first week, figuring there was no way I could focus for a month knowing other classmates were taking it without losing my mind. I took test on Friday of the first week, and I did everything I could to prepare. I did a dry run of the drive to the testing center so I knew where I was going and was sure I wouldn’t get lost, I got a good night’s sleep the night before, and I packed myself a great lunch and plenty of snacks for test day.
So how did it go? Well, it wasn’t as bad as I had imagined. I think all the fourth-year veterinary students secretly dread going into the boards and having no clue what the answers are to the 360 multiple choice questions. In actuality, for me and probably most of my classmates, some questions I knew, some I reasoned my way through, and some I just guessed because I didn’t know the answer. Now the waiting game begins, because results won’t be known for approximately two months. Only time will tell!