Fall semester of my third year was one of the most fulfilling, as well as busy, semesters that I have had so far at Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Following the infamously challenging second year and my summer as a veterinary scholar doing Ophthalmology research here at Iowa State, this past semester integrated all the components of my education that I’ve acquired, thus far. However, the pre-eminent experience this semester was embarking on the journey we fondly call junior surgery. Though many may think we just perform surgery, our program offers so much more.
Hello Vet Med Enthusiasts!
The month of October has brought beautiful red and orange trees, as well as nice chilly mornings and evenings. I was pleasantly surprised by the early kiss of snow we received in the beginning of the month. It’s time to take out the warm coats and scarves!
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and the opportunity to enjoy some delicious turkey. It has been a week since I arrived back in Ames from visiting my family in Los Angeles for the Thanksgiving holiday. It was so nice to see everyone again, including my two dogs and my bearded dragon. The weather was also perfect (low 70s)! I am now back in Ames, and it is definitely starting to feel like winter. The mornings so far have been a chilly 18 degrees, but the peep of the sun in the afternoons makes for a nice stroll outside.
It’s the week after spring break, and I must say, my brain has one leg in vacation mode and slowly tippy toeing its way towards study mode (but let’s be honest, my brain is mostly preferring vacation mode at this moment).
April has been full of fun events, one of them being a field trip to the Blank Park Zoo with the Ophthalmology Club. It was a great experience shadowing an ophthalmologist and observing how ocular exams are performed on zoo animal species. We were able to see ocular exams on an 80+ year old tortoise, sea lions, bats, lizards, and a small owl. I personally loved looking into the owl’s eyes, as they don’t blink as often as humans do.
Prior to veterinary school, I never considered myself a leader. I mean, leaders are just business owners, Presidents, military officials and Oprah, right?
Throughout undergraduate school, I never joined a single student organization and honestly, did not understand the point of them until my first semester of veterinary school. Instead I had prioritized clinical experience and studying to be able to get accepted into veterinary school. NEWS FLASH, the competition is over! So take a breather and make the time to develop yourself as a leader.