Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I am currently back in my hometown of Los Angeles, and it feels so nice to be back home again. We have been experiencing a cold front these past few days (60 degrees partly cloudy), and since we’re such wimps out here in Southern California, we need those extra layers to keep us warm. It’s funny because recently, I went to an event called “Winter in LA”, where you can ride a sled down a man-made icy hill, while fake snow dusts the dark sky. Now that I’ve had experience with real snow and ice in Iowa, it makes me giggle seeing the sea of faces in awe of the fabricated snow.
I survived finals week, and let me tell you, it was a brutal week. I felt like I’ve been prepping more for the seven-credit small animal medicine final than any other final. I found myself scrambling to cram every last bit of information for the remaining exams. Luckily, the overnight study cramming and extra doses of peppermint latte was enough to help me conquer through my last few final exams.
At this point in my veterinary student life, final exams are still never easy and I don’t think I would ever get used to them. Thankfully, I only have to get through one more round of finals before the start of my fourth year. I find that many of us students suffer from pressure build up and stress during these times and we forget to sit down and take a deep breath, and give ourselves a break from all of the chaos. What I found that helped me survive through the finals week while keeping my sanity is to take a 25-30 minute break after every final exam I complete. I am a proud owner of a subscription to Netflix and Hulu, and so during these stressful times. I like watching shows that can take my mind off of studying.
Another great study break for me is to take a walk outside with a friend or go on a short bike ride (make sure the streets aren’t too icy!). I know some people may think that I should be taking advantage of every minute to study for the following day’s exams, but I find it most helpful to calm my stress level and recharge my brain for the night ahead of me.
It's New Year’s Eve as I write this blog, and all I can think about is how short amount of time there is between now and the start of my clinical year (only 4 months to go!). I have butterflies in my stomach and chills thinking about how close I am to becoming a doctor!
I want to wish all of my readers a Happy New Year and I hope this new year brings everyone great joy and prosperity. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog throughout this year and I can’t wait to share with you my adventures in 2019!
“Each year's regret are envelopes in which messages of hope are found for the new year.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson