The New Normal

March 2020

Well just as I started to really get into the swing of vet school, just about everything changed. Like everyone else, I would have never expected this to happen. I never thought that I would be taking online classes to earn my DVM degree and I never thought that I’d be living over 1,000 miles away from my family during a time like this. But what can I say, that’s life.

Of course I am sad about missing the opportunity to interact with my peers and professors for the rest of the semester and quite frankly a bit sad that our anatomy specimens are left in the dark after all the hard work we have put into them, but the way I see it is that I can sit around and feel sorry when the whole world is in the same situation or I can try and make the best out of it. 

I am truly grateful to be part of the ISU vet med community at a time like this. The professors, administration, technical crew and everyone else involved in our education has been working so hard to give us the best education possible during this time. It is so obvious the passion for teaching each one of our professors has and in a time like this it really helps motivate me to know how much they care. So thank you CVM staff, we couldn’t do it without your passion and support! 

This new situation we are in gives us a little more time, and personally I am going to try and soak up every minute of it. I have started an attempt at making my own sourdough bread starter, I am reading something other than a textbook and my notes, and pushing myself to get back into the yoga groove. I want to try and make this time in my life as positive as it can be, because honestly it is scary and uncertain. I urge you all to try something you haven’t done before (that can be done at home), or to just take this time to truly relax. Life will be back up and running before we know it and maybe this time will allow us to learn about ourselves a little more, and if anything we can pick up a new stress relieving hobby. This is new to all of us so remember to be kind to each other and be kind to yourself. If there was ever a time to radiate compassion it would be now. 

Sam