What can I say about the spring semester of my first year at CSU? It was…incredibly difficult. The material isn’t unmanageable but the volume is crazy. They say veterinary and medical school is like trying to drink from a fire hose, and this semester really felt like that. We averaged 2 exams a week, which doesn’t sound so bad until you’re taking two exams every week for the whole semester. I never felt like I could catch up, I was continuously treading water to just keep from drowning.
This past semester was filled with the following classes:
- Foundations (1 credit) this is basically our skills class
- Neurobiology (4 credits)
- Nutrition (2 credits)
- Bacteriology/Mycology (3 credits)
- Parasitology (2 credits)
- Virology (2 credits)
- Biology of disease (5 credits)
- Food animal (2 credits)
- Large animal dissection (elective, 1 credit)
This came to a total of 22 credits. Which I think is par for the course in vet school, it was just a lot of little classes compared to a few very credit heavy classes last semester.
I felt like this meme applied to my life this entire semester. In addition to all the classes that is vet school, after some serious burnout from last semester I have also been trying to strike that life-vet school balance which is still elusive. However, I survived this semester, so it’s not all bad. I’ve also been told that the second semester of first year is the “worst” semester for many students studying at CSU, I hope that holds true.
This summer holds a lot of exciting opportunities, I have to do some case studies for school (summer capstone) and study for an exam on the first day back, called the capstone exam. It’s supposed to cover material from all of first-year and passing it is required to move on in the curriculum. While I could talk until I’m blue in the face about why I disagree with having this exam at CSU when no other veterinary school has anything like that; I’m just going to move on! This summer I will be doing an externship for 2 weeks at Pioneer Equine in Oakdale, California. Once that is completed I will be spending most of the remaining portion of the summer doing an externship with a cowhorse trainer in South Dakota. This is more of a personal project for me than veterinary experience and, right now, a break from veterinary related activities will be great! Check back for updates! I’m sure there will be many stories to tell on these shenanigans!
In addition to everything else, I found out I’m pregnant during my second semester. Luckily I won’t be due in the middle of the fall semester (my worst fear). I was really hoping that I wouldn’t be due until winter break, but alas that’s not the case. I’m due over Thanksgiving break, right before finals (ugh). Though it could be a lot worse, and next semester’s schedule is relatively lighter so should allow for a bit more wiggle room to figure things out. I’m hoping everything goes smoothly and I can complete finals on time and then have winter break to get used to the whole parenthood and vet school thing! Definitely going to be a steep learning curve, and next level difficulty when it comes to vet school. Though, I feel like I have a really good support system going into this, so everything should work out with time. 🙂