I remember visiting a veterinary school I had been accepted to before making my final decision to attend Davis. During a presentation by one of the current 4th-year students, she showed an array of pictures from her time in school. As she gave us a glimpse into her life during the previous three years, she became a little choked up. She admitted, rather candidly, that vet school is hard. There will be moments that are difficult. For her, it was especially difficult because she was considerably far away from her family and had to prioritize school over several family functions. She said to us then that over the course of our time in vet school, there would be things we would miss, but in the end, the people in our lives…our friends, our families…they would understand.
I often contemplate her words. Was I ready to miss things? I didn’t know then, and honestly I still don’t know now. My cousin is getting married soon, and I am standing up in her wedding. However, being halfway across the country means I can’t fly home for every party, shower, or family gathering. And every time an event like that happens, I realize just how much I’m missing…how much everyone else’s lives are continuing to move forward in ways different than mine, and it can be difficult.
However, I know that even with everything I miss, this journey is more than worth it. These are just tiny sacrifices in the grand scheme of changing the lives of animals and the people who love them. We are making a positive difference, and that is a beautiful thing.