2019 is gone, and I cannot believe that 2020 is already here! Another year for the books. I am excited to realize that I am halfway through the last year of vet school. So, I think this is a good time to reflect on the lessons learned in 2019. For me, this past year was hard and challenging in different ways. Today, I wanted to share with you my top lessons learned as a senior vet student and future doctor. I hope that they can inspire and motivate you in some way.
#1 Vet school is not a competition, your biggest competition is your first-year self! Work on who you were when you started this journey, where you want to be and all the things you accomplished so far.
#2 Don’t be discouraged when criticism doesn’t come gently during clinical rotations, just remember that it will challenge you and allow you to become a better doctor! Remind yourself that you cannot change other people’s opinions, but you can control how to react to them.
#3 It’s okay not to have your vet life completely figured out. Not one does but we all get to the finishing line at our own pace.
#4 It’s okay to fail and retake a test. It teaches you to try harder and do your best next time. Because failure is part of this journey and should not be a bad thing.
#5 Always work hard, study for your NAVLE test every day and be confident in your skills no matter what!
#6 Make sure to spend time with furry babies! Don’t take them for granted because you never know when is going to be your last time together.