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April 2018

My fourth year journey starts in less than 30 days at ISU CVM, meaning a new rotation every two weeks until May of 2019! Consequently, I have a lot of work to do in the upcoming month with deadlines fast approaching. Yet, my excitement is building to get out of the classroom and apply the knowledge I have gained over the past three years. That also means I have to start considering plans for after graduation.

At this point in my education, exams come and go. You have established your own way to study, and may procrastinate more than ever to actually start studying. My club activities are still in full-swing, I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to get involved in something outside of your studies, and for me that was clubs. For the AASV (American Association of Swine Veterinarians) club, I am coordinating an on-farm diagnostic collection wet lab with staff from the Swine Medicine Education Center. Participating in this wet lab during my first year at ISU CVM, sparked my interest in swine, so I have enjoyed planning it for other students. 

Outside of the college, I have really come to enjoy Ames. It has plenty to do, while still having a small-town feel. I, like many other veterinary students, live in the trailer park next to ISU CVM. Contrary to popular belief, it has been great! I can walk to class, run home if I forget something, meet up with classmates to study, and when on-call during my fourth year I will be able to quickly return to the hospital. There are many students who also live in apartments, have homes, and live outside of Ames, it is all personal preference.

Until next time, 

Megan