Surviving Vet School

life cycle vet studentTop 10 Tips to Surviving Vet School

  1. Take advantage of unique opportunities available in vet school.
    • Use your summers and fourth year externships for new experiences.
    • It’s okay to try new things, those experiences will not detract from a future residency or internship.  In fact, they may set you apart from competition. The new experiences may also make you more confident in your decisions.
    • Try to publish an article while in school, it can open many doors.
  2. Foster Relationships. Nobody survives vet school alone.
    • Study groups
      • Vary by #, people, location
    • Support network besides classmates
  3. Know (learn) how you study best.anatomy color
    • Websites
    • Different libraries/ locations
    • Color coding- how far will you take it?
    • Visual vs. auditory learner
    • Charts vs recordings vs algorithms vs flash cards
    • Meyers-Briggs, Gallup Strengthsfinder
    • Keep organized- lots of deadlines!
  4. Have a life!
  5. Get Involved…but Not Too Involved.Select 1-5 clubs or class positions to get involved in.
    • Do not over commit! You can’t do it all!vbma logo
    • Do not commit other than membership prior to the end of first semester!
  6. Get comfortable outside your comfort zone.  Sorry, vet school is not warm and cozy BUT…
    • it will make you stronger
    • it is a bridge to lifelong friendships
    • you will get to know yourself very well
    • it will be worth it AND… it will end.
  7. Find a WOW Factor each day.
    • Remind yourself why you are here!

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8. The Bright Shining Star Phenomenon

  • You were always the best, now you have some competition.
  • Know that everyone will have their own strengths and weaknesses.

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9.  Imposter Syndrome

  • Keep your head down and no one will realize they let you in accidentally.
  • Don’t worry they picked you for a reason, now get to work.Imposter

10.  Always remember where you are going…and where you have been.

 

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