I can’t believe that it has been almost a month since I last blogged, I am so sorry! After finishing with the semester, I jumped right into work and veterinary school applications. There have been so many little things happening on the side too (including my sister graduating from high school)! Although I have been busy, I am loving life! I’m slowly adjusting to my crazy schedule and I have missed blogging so much. Today I’ve decided to share my experience with finding a veterinary hospital to shadow. It was not an easy process, but it has brought me so many opportunities!
One of the best things that I have ever done is volunteering at the vet hospital where I now work. During my winter break of my freshman year of college I contacted around 10 veterinary hospitals about volunteering for the summer. I received varying responses, but the most popular response was ” We are not currently accepting volunteers, but please feel free to contact us at a later time”. This initially disheartened me, but I persevered and I eventually found a place that was willing to have me volunteer for the summer. I set up a schedule and started volunteering the summer after my freshman year of college. I immediately fell in love with the hospital. It had the most beautiful facilities I had ever seen, a large staff of people who were willing to answer all my questions, and there was always something for me to do. At the end of the summer I talked to my boss about coming back to volunteer the next summer and she told me to contact her during my fall semester about scheduling and other details. What I didn’t expect is that when I called I would be offered an interview for a summer job, I was ecstatic! After the interview I received a phone call saying that I got the job! This is now my second summer working at the hospital and I still love every second of it. I will be eternally grateful for the staff giving me this chance of a lifetime and I love being able to come back to the same place after each school year. For pre-vet students beginning college, I highly recommend building a relationship with a veterinary hospital, whether as a volunteer or as an employee, because having someone to talk to about veterinary school applications will make them much easier to fill out (and they can give you tips and write you recommendation letters)! Building a strong relationship with one hospital does not mean that you should stop contacting other veterinarians though, I still shadow other veterinarians to gain experience in other parts of the veterinary field. Being able to work with the same people summer after summer and getting to know how the hospital works has made my experience priceless and has helped me feel ready to apply to veterinary school!
I hope that you find my experience helpful and that you are able to have as amazing of an experience as I have had!
And here is a cute dog to start off your week:
Source: Bonifant Veterinary Clinic
Yesterday was probably one of the most beautiful days I have ever experienced. After months of snow and freezing temperatures, the sun came out and it was warm for the first day in what seems like forever. During the spring and summer, I usually take 70 degree, sunny days for granted. Today, however, really proved to me how grateful we should be for days like that. I opened all the windows in my apartment and was able to walk outside in a dress and sandals. I did have to spend a few hours inside working on a lab report, but as soon as we finished I was right back outside. I bought myself a camp chair and sat on my patio while I studied. I walked around outside while I talked to my dad on the phone. I drove around with my windows down and music blaring. I even started on my spring cleaning. It was a truly beautiful day. Now today won’t be as nice and this week will be cold, but I won’t ever take any warm day for granted again. Even if it’s not so warm, I’m challenging myself to make every day feel as good as yesterday did.
Here is what I wore yesterday! At first I thought it was a little ambitious since the day started at about 50 degrees, but it ended up being the perfect outfit!
Shop the look:
- Black Wedge Sandals. I got mine from Payless a couple years ago, but these are similar.
- Pink Dress. Mine is an Old Navy find from last year, but this one is also super cute!
- Black Statement Necklace. This is probably my favorite statement necklace, I got it a few years back at J Crew! This one is also cute (and also a little less expensive).
- Beaded Headband. A friend snagged this for me from the Lilly Pulitzer for Target collection. You may be able to still find one on Ebay, but this one is very similar.
My favorite Sundays are the ones where I am able to get ahead with my work for the week and just do some general cleaning (sometimes it’s emotional cleansing and sometimes it’s cleaning the bathroom). It is a great start to my week and makes me feel refreshed and ready to take on Monday. This Sunday was one of my productive ones, I made pancakes for breakfast (with my new batter dispenser), got ahead on my readings for the week, finished my lab report due on Thursday, and wrote in happiness journal for the first time in months.
I’m sure you are wondering, what is a happiness journal? Well, it is something I started doing two years ago. Every day I write down at least 5 things that made me happy that day. Sometimes they are as simple as writing about how beautiful the day was, but my favorite things to include are specific conversations that I had with people and why they were special. When I’m having a bad day or week, I just read through and see what I wrote about and it immediately makes me feel better. It gets you in a good habit of finding happy things, even in the sad moments, and makes you more thankful for the things that you often take for granted (like beautiful spring days!). I highly suggest doing this for anyone who wants to be a little happier! It only takes about 5 minutes a day and it really has made me into a happier, more thankful person.
On a side note, if you love reading and want to be happier, I highly suggest that you read The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. Here is a link to her website if you want to find out more about it!
The temperature has been rapidly dropping, which means I am counting down the days till I get to return to South Carolina. This is also one of the most difficult times of the semester for me. Midterms are over, but now comes the anticipation and stress of finals.Thanksgiving should be a break, but with finals coming up soon after, it’s hard to justify not studying. Maybe I am the only one feeling this way, but even if I am, everyone can always use a little motivation when it starts getting cold out. I am making it a personal goal to make this month No Stress November (or at least less stress November) ! Here are some of the things getting me through the next month (in exactly one month I will be done with finals!!):
1.This quote by Thomas Edison:
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”
2. Making time to do one fun thing every day! Even though this may seem obvious, I often forget that having fun is an important part of life.
3. A warm cup of hot chocolate. Never underestimate the power of chocolate!
4. Being around friends and family at Thanksgiving. Even if I do spend most of my Thanksgiving break studying, I know that I will at least have a little bit of time to spend with my loved ones!
5. And if all else fails…
Googling “cute animals” will never fail to put a smile on my face!
Everyone always talks about the “Freshman 50”, the “sophomore slump”, and Senioritis, but what about that 3rd year? I am officially naming it the “Junior Jolt”. For me and many of my classmates, this is the time we realize that the safety net of college is almost gone and that it is time to move into the real world. Not only are graduate school and job applications approaching, but also the scary notion that we have to figure out what we want to do with the rest of our lives.
Even though I know I want to apply to veterinary school and become a veterinarian, this time is still stressful and eye-opening. Between making sure that I have all the necessary required courses for each school, trying to prepare for the GRE, and supplementing my resume with more experiences, there is little time to sit back and think about any other aspect of the future. The only thing getting me through this time is knowing how much my hard work will pay off in the end.
However, to all juniors, just remember that you are not the only one feeling this way. All of us are scared of the relative uncertainty that graduation brings. And if you are one of the lucky ones and you somehow have managed to avoid the Junior Jolt, then congratulations to you! I am setting a goal for myself, to keep things in perspective (and prevent me from going completely insane), to set aside a little bit of time each day just to sit and do something that takes my mind off of school and the future. If you are feeling a similar way, I urge you to do the same and remember that no matter what happens, it will all turn out okay!
The first weekend of fall should be spent outside, enjoying the last bit of nice weather. However, with two exams and a lab report due at the beginning of this week, I have spent my weekend inside studying. Oh well, just another day in the life of a biochemistry major! Maybe I will escape long enough today to enjoy some of the sunshine… I will definitely be out tonight to watch the solar eclipse though!!
Here are some quotes that are getting me through the studying!
Happy Sunday everyone and try to get out and enjoy some of the amazing weather!