At Ohio State at the end of our third year of studies, we get our first white coat. It signifies that our hours of sitting in lecture halls, pouring over notes, cramming for late night tests, and so many other things that go along with academics are now over. It is time to put on the white coat (or in many cases coveralls, scrubs, khakis, etc. depending on what clinical rotation you are on) and enter the hospital full time for our year of clinical rotations.
It is amazing how fast you get comfortable with something and establish a routine. It seems like just yesterday I was adjusting to the rigors of vet school academics and was a first-year student who had a lot to learn. One thing is still true–I have a lot to learn. But the routine of studying for the academics and going to class will now change. I look forward to the change because the hands-on aspect of clinics will be great. However, it will mean figuring out a new routine and schedule for my average day.
It seems weird that a piece of clothing could have such an important meaning, but after so many hours of studying it certainly will be a special moment. It is one more monumental event in my journey to become a “DVM,” one more step closer to the dream career I’ve wanted since I was a child and was first asked that question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”