As a current first-year veterinary student at ISU, I am completely fascinated by the plethora of clubs and organizations the college has to offer. During my first semester, I joined various clubs, including the Ophthalmology Club, Pathology Club, Veterinary Business Management Association, student chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Emergency/ICU Club and the Radiology Club. I am currently one of the VM1 representatives for the Ophthalmology Club. Each club is unique and they provide so much hands-on experience and guest-speaker lunch meetings. Throughout the semester, I was fortunate enough to take part in the set-up of an Ophthalmology wet lab. The wet lab entailed practicing various surgical techniques that are routinely performed in the ophthalmology field. These surgical techniques included performing grid keratotomy, eyelid reconstructive procedures for entropion and aqueous centesis, just to name a few. In addition to the ophthalmology wet labs, I also participated in the emergency/ICU wet lab, where I practiced performing tracheotomies.
Another highlight to my first semester was the opportunity to help during the interview weekends on campus. Almost every weekend that the interviews were held, I elected to volunteer as a white-coat fitter. I enjoyed meeting the prospective students and their families, as well as answering their questions about the campus and what to expect for their interviews (and relieve some anxiety). This experience was a great way to give back to the school, as well as to meet new faces and take a break from studying.