CVM1: Spring Quarter

I ended up posting the second quarter blog a bit later than I would’ve liked to, but unfortunately my life became very hectic around that time. My grandmother was hospitalized for what felt like forever, and had a partial nephrectomy due to clear cell renal carcinoma. Good news is we got it all out! Bad news was that there were complications that lead to intubation (twice) and the need to be put into a physical therapy rehab facility because of how long she’d been bed ridden. As a result, the quarter was more difficult than usual, but thankfully my faculty was amazing and super understanding.

I’m officially a week into my spring (third) quarter and honestly am much preferring it over last quarter. I’m unsure if that’s because of everything that was going on, or because I love the classes in comparison. If you missed last blog, these are my current classes: Clinical Anatomy, Physiology III (LAST QUARTER!), Anesthesia/Pain management, One Health II (Zoonosis & Emerging Diseases), Practice of Veterinary Medicine III (we have one of these every quarter), and Interprofessional Healthcare (LAST QUARTER!). Physiology III will be covering reproductive physiology, neural physiology, and gut physiology. Practice of Veterinary Medicine III is covering species such as: bovine, swine, etc. While Anesthesia/Pain management is what it sounds like: formulating an anesthetic plan for patients, setting catheters, performing CPR, etc. (honestly, so far this is my favorite class). Clinical anatomy is broken up into different species as well, currently we are on small animal clinical anatomy, which applies things we’ve learned the past two quarters in a clinical matter (what injuries can occur with certain bones, etc.)

There have been days so far where we are in class from 8am-5pm, one day we had 4 hours of clinical anatomy, 3 hours of anesthesiology, and 1 hour of physiology. There is another day coming up where we have 6 hours of clinical anatomy (WHAT?) Luckily, my faculty believes in giving us a 5-10 minute break every hour-2 hours. Otherwise, I don’t know how I would survive sitting down all day long. Also, another random update, I switched over to Apple products!! Using an ipad pro and my iphone is THE BEST THING that has EVER happened to me in vet school! It is SO much easier to take notes (vs the surface pro). I’ll make a separate update on why that is soon!

This is my final quarter of first-year and pretty soon it’ll be summer vacation! My summer vacation will consist of being a Banfield Student Extern for 40hrs/wk for 10wks, which I’m VERY excited for. It’s been so long since I’ve done tech work, and I’m itching to get back to it (while simultaneously working with doctors and practicing my doctor skills!) I am also going to be getting a new puppy next month (little Maisie), it’ll be my boyfriend’s first dog so he is super nervous to have and meet her, but he’s also very excited! We meet her next week, but we’ve already put a pre-adoption hold on her. Most peers adopt their first surgery puppy (done second year), but I would prefer to get the puppy training out of the way NOW prior to the craziness (from what I’ve heard) that is second year. So hopefully, I’ll have time to keep you guys updated on that little angel as well!

Unfortunately, I’m not far along enough in spring quarter to give you guys an idea as to what it’s like, but hopefully it continues on this upward trend. Yesterday we got to have a bovine handling and restraint lab where we learned how to halter the cows and tie knots! I got a honorary selfie with the cows, and eventually when we do our palpation lab…. I’ll get the honorary palpation picture as well! A professor told us if we don’t get that picture, did we even go to vet school?

Until then,

CVM1: Winter Quarter

It’s been a while! But, I’ve been a little caught up in the whirlwind that is vet school. It’s definitely been a lot, some of it expected and some of it not. The first quarter finished with little to no problems! I learned a lot, academically and socially, I began to learn what it means to have a balance in your life; start trying to reprogram myself that C’s are okay to receive. Especially, when the C is a trade-off for spending time with friends, family, and my beloved boyfriend. First quarter was a bit like dipping your toes in the water, getting a feel for the temperature; second quarter is when you’re pushed in. The upperclassmen say that the winter quarter is the worst every year, and I think its fulfilled that promise thus far. I will continue to say that vet school isn’t necessarily hard in the curriculum itself, it’s just a lot of it! My associate dean likes to describe it as being asked to drink from a fire hose. I’ve never heard anything more accurate in my life.

Second quarter has been filled with two tests a week, thankfully we had a two week Christmas vacation. But, we had two tests the week we get back . . . so is it really a vacation if you’re spending (or theoretically spending) a good chunk of it studying? That being said, the faculty is amazing and they’re really understanding about the fact that break is between the last lecture and the next exam, they keep class interesting and quite fun! Of course, it may be hard to think that in the middle of an 8AM lecture, however, re-watching my lecture videos while studying I definitely find myself thinking how they’re keeping me from falling asleep at my desk. I’ve also found that quizlet (and my classmates) are life savers when it comes to studying. Along with CSU’s anatomy program, I would HIGHLY recommend purchasing it. It helps when I don’t want to go to/am not ready to study in lab, but need to study some muscles and nerves for the practical portion of a test. There are also options to quiz yourself on the structures in the program (my favorite feature).

We are a month away from ending second quarter, and it’s definitely been jam packed with information! This will be the last quarter of anatomy (we start clinical anatomy next quarter) and immunology. We will have a 1 week break between winter and spring quarter, much needed and definitely looking forward to it. Spring quarter will consist of Clinical Anatomy, Physiology III (LAST QUARTER!), Anesthesia/Pain management, One Health II (Zoonosis & Emerging Diseases), Practice of Veterinary Medicine III (we have one of these every quarter), and Interprofessional Healthcare (LAST QUARTER!).

Hopefully I will have more time to write next quarter,

Until then!

CVM: Failed Test

It’s been a while since I’ve had the chance to actually sit down and write about my new life! I’ve been trying to maintain a healthy balance between school, personal life, and my social life. Unfortunately the balance may not have been as well done as I had hoped and I did fail my first physiology exam of my first quarter. I did have a lot in my personal life going on at the time, none of which I will get into here, but after receiving my exam score I promptly met with my professor to discuss everything going on.

My professor was immensely helpful, we sat down and discussed my current study techniques and what I could improve on, we also talked about how to stay on top of my major courses without falling behind in another. I explained that I felt that in trying to stay on top of anatomy, I definitely fell behind in physiology; that lead to a domino affect for the majority of the quarter. I also reached out to the CVM associate dean to keep her updated on the situation with my personal life, to which she was very receptive of. The faculty in general were supportive of what’s been going on and understanding on how that has impacted my start of vet school. Similarly, they have been very supportive in that they offered even being a listening ear if I needed one. Knowing I had the support of my faculty was super helpful in itself, and allowed me the confidence in getting myself back on track.

My boyfriend was very supportive in my need to increase study time, I would unplug on the weekends until 8 or 9 in the evening; at that time he would come over to have a date night and ensure I also find the time to relax. It’s important to remind yourself that taking time for yourself is equally important as school, even if you’re disappointed that you didn’t do as well on something as you thought you did. It’s helpful to have someone there that can remind you of that, especially if you’re the type to push yourself. He was also very helpful in listening to me talk veterinary gibberish about my classes and tying concepts in together. He helped take care of my pets; was more than willing to have me sit in silence, or with earphones in while he watched T.V.

I branched out in different study techniques. I used quizlet to my heart’s content, I also bought a white board (that is now hanging in my bedroom) to draw out mechanisms, erase; do it all over again! I participated in a study group with some friends, we used the textbook to review case studies and concepts. During the study group we would quiz each other and just have an open discussion about how the concepts relate to clinical practice. We are fortunate to have an upperclassman as a tutor for the course; she also made quizlets for each powerpoint (based off of the main study topics presented in the beginning of the slides). She took a lot of time and care to create these for our use; I actually felt like I benefited from it! This is also coming from someone who didn’t use much of quizlet in undergrad.

I came back strong for my second test with a high B! I kept on that study techniques for the third (and final) test, ending the class with a passing grade! Throughout this blog, I won’t reveal my final grades in courses because if you’re reading this, you might be in vet school and the most important thing to keep in mind is grades don’t reflect how you’ll do in clinics or if you’ll be a good/bad vet!

Don’t compare yourself to me, other blogs, or your classmates! Instead, do your very best and strive to succeed for your patient’s benefits. I’ll be spending my Thanksgiving break enjoying not doing anything, spending time with my loved ones, and dreading/excitedly awaiting the start of next quarter!

Until then,

CVM: Week Two

I am officially done with my first two weeks of classes into my first quarter of vet school!

First quarter consists of 15.5 credits: Veterinary Anatomy I (6 credits), Interprofessional Healthcare (0.5 credits), Veterinary Physiology I (3 credits), Practice of Vet. Medicine I (4 credits), Understanding Vet. Literature (2 credits). Interprofessional Healthcare is more of an online course, we meet only once a quarter; our only real assignments outside of class is to participate in community service (preferably with students from the other colleges i.e. PT, Nursing, DO, Pharmacology, etc.).

This may not seem particularly hard – in regards to the lecture material – and it’s not! When they say first year is hard, it’s hard in the sense where we are having a lot of information thrown at us all at once. Some of it may – or may not – have been discussed in undergrad; if it was, then it was only done so at the most basic concepts in comparison to the great lengths we discuss it in vet school. I’ve probably learned more than I have in two weeks of vet school, than I did in my 2.5yrs of undergrad! Actually, I’m in the middle of writing this blog in between study sessions; I may actually do so over the course of this upcoming three day weekend. If anything, having this “break” in studying is almost motivation for me, it keeps me chugging along so I can give my brain at least a few minutes to relax from Anatomy and Physiology.

Our first anatomy test is this upcoming Tuesday and covers the following topics: Introduction to Anatomy (directional terms), Introduction to Histology, Cytology I/II, Microanatomy of Epithelial Tissue I/II, Microanatomy of Connective Tissue I/II, Microanatomy of Muscle Tissue I/II, Microanatomy of Nervous Tissue I/II, Microanatomy of Integument, and Embryology I/II/III. Our lectures consist of powerpoint presentations and some in-class questions that are answered via an app (we are not graded on this). Our lecture presentations are recorded for our benefit to use later on when we are studying; we are provided the powerpoint slides on our main classroom page.

Unfortunately our schedules aren’t consistent, so some days we have all 4 classes and are on campus from 8am-5pm; other days we only have 1 or 2 of our classes and are on campus for 1-3 hours (sometimes this is in the middle of the day, like 1pm-3pm). Finding free-time to study can be little and far between or you can have an entire day that’s open to studying! The people who have been the most helpful thus far (aside from the counselors) have been the upperclassmen. We were assigned a student from c/o 2021 to be our “big sibling”, the person we can go to with any questions and someone to just be a guiding hand (and hopefully a friend) throughout these next 4 years.

Similarly, we’ve also been assigned a faculty mentor to guide us through the next 4 years and assist in any questions we have about graduation, practicing, case studies, rotations/externships/internships, etc. The faulty mentor was assigned based off a paper we filled out during orientation that ranked our preferred specialties from 1-5; as a result, my mentor is involved with small animal emergency (my #1 was ER and my #2 was oncology, followed by a few others). The faculty member is assigned to a few other students as well, but the main thing is you all share similar interests.

If you’re even more interested in a certain aspect of medicine, there are club opportunities that are available. We have yet to have student club day, but that will actually be hosted on Monday during lunch hour. In order to join a CVM club, you must be a member of SAVMA; you can’t become a member until your school submits your information (I finally got that situated this week). Since my SAVMA membership is now in order, I was able to join the Student Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (SVECCS) university chapter. Whether or not you join clubs will not only depend on your interest levels, but the club itself. I was given some advice from recent graduates that advised me to join SVECCS since I’m more than likely going to specialize in ER. They said the wet labs alone make it worth while, as long as it’s something you’re passionate about. For example, would I join the Surgery club for wet labs? Although more surgical experience sounds amazing, I’m not as passionate about surgery as I am ER (yes, technically we do surgeries in ER, but more like FB; not TPLOs).

So far, so good! We will see how things pan out over the upcoming few weeks; I’ll get a much better feel for how things are going when I get my test results back next week!


Until then,

Veterinary School – Dress Code

Upon filling out my matriculation agreement forms, student handbook agreement, etc. I ran across an interesting bit of information: some of the schools require the students to maintain a certain decor in the form of dress codes – the veterinary school being one of them. The sentence continued to state that – for the veterinary program – the dress code consisted of business casual clothing. As briefly mentioned in my last update, I found myself thinking: oh great… time to remodel my entire wardrobe for school! And I was definitely dreading it.

Fast forward a month or two, I had already purchased a few new sets of outfits; mainly consisting of shirts, being short and petite makes it difficult to find appropriately fitting pants. I hate taking my clothes to get tailored so the more I can do to avoid it, I will! I used Pinterest as a form of inspiration when I was first getting used to the idea of having to build an adult wardrobe; quickly noted that almost all “business casual” attire pins had women in heels. I slammed the breaks on the heels, despite family member’s cries of protest, because I knew I wanted practical and sensible shoes; yes even for the didactic years. Especially considering the didactic years still start us off with physical exams from day one.

Flats, toms, and thick-heeled wedges/shoes became my best friends, Rothy’s and Clark’s were highly recommended by peers and previous interns. Those same people also recommended to invest more in slacks and capri pants vs. skirts and dresses – not only for the practicality, but the comfort as well. That being said, I’m a sucker for a cute, professional dress; so I may have a few more than necessary in my closet, but they’re great to have for a warm day – which is just about every day in Arizona! The shirt’s are of a light material; while the dress code isn’t too strictly enforced, it is best for professional attire later in our careers to just be prepared now!

I’ve opted to stick with slacks (I’m partial to Liz Claiborne Audra Straight Leg Petite Small Career since they ACTUALLY fit me as a pair of PS pants SHOULD) and Old Navy’s Pixie Pants (recommended to me by peers). For any blouses and simple dress shoes, I’ve been parading around Ross and/or Marshalls to find the discounted clothes from other stores!

Honestly, the hardest part of the dress code for me is having to go from wearing scrubs practically every day, to having to dress like an actual adult!


Until Next Time,

Imposter Syndrome: Too Early?

I’m in over my head . . . and they’re going to find out. That was probably one of the first thoughts that ran through my head when I got my acceptance call to vet school. It’s continued to play on repeat for these past few months, so I decided to talk to the doctors at work about my hesitation.

One doctor made me explore my feelings of anxiety, perfectionism, self-doubt, and the fear of failure. He made me examine the reasoning I had for such feelings about myself in vet school; especially when I practice as a vet tech almost every day. I’m working with patients every day, monitoring anesthesia and giving drugs that, if I’m not careful, could end badly. Every day I deal with a healthy dose of fear with what I do, but this is just an evolved version of this fear.

No one likes to fail, no one likes to make a mistake, no one likes to not know something. However, I think that those of us that decide to pursue our love of medicine may have amplified fears of the above mentioned. I know I’m not the only one whose recently expressed thoughts of self-doubt, not only in my class but I’m sure in the other schools as well. Right now a decent amount of c/o 2022 students may be falling down the same rabbit hole I am. Some of us may be expecting horrendous failure when we get into school, while others may feel as if their acceptance was a mistake; like on orientation day faculty will be waiting in the wings to swoop and inform us of the unfortunate circumstances.

I’m a solid two weeks away from orientation and starting my first quarter. Nerves and excitement are building and set to explode within the next week or so, I can only be grateful for my support system dealing with my chaotic mood swings; my vet school nesting. Every time I’m out and about, I can’t help but gravitate towards planners, school materials, notebooks, etc. wanting to make sure I’m the utmost prepared for vet school. Even though I know nothing can prepare me for what I’m about to face, I can try. In a sense, I feel trying also helps the imposter syndrome nerves; of course my SO is keeping those anxious feelings in check.

Just remember, we are all here for a reason, the committee saw something in all of us that said we’d not only be successful in vet school, but we will make great veterinarians! Don’t let the little voice in your head steer you wrong, the committee is experienced and has an eye for admirable qualities. Those qualities may be harder to see in yourself; you may find yourself thinking: “I’m so plain, nothing but white rice,” even though it isn’t true because, turn around and, sure enough, there it is. There’s the plum. So if you find yourself doubting, or even comparing yourself to your classmates . . . well, then, it’s probably because it’s easier to see the plum on someone else’s back than it is on your own.


Until Next Time,

The Summer Before

It’s been a while since I’ve had the time to sit and get to writing an update about my own application process. It’s official, I’m a part of the class of 2022! In a few short years, I’ll be a vet, assuming I can handle what vet school throws my way. I received a call offering me a seat off the alternate list for my top pick school, I obviously accepted while holding back some ugly – good – crying.

I had utilized SDN like most pre-vets (or even general pre-med students) and had been sure that due to my stats and (apparently unbelievable quantity) of my veterinary/animal hours, that I would not be getting in on my first cycle. Most of the reasons consisted of my obvious lack of a bachelor’s degree, my hours, lack of club involvement during undergrad, in progress courses (ochem 1 and 2, and biochem), age, and lack of research hours. It’s important to remember that while online resources such as SDN can be very helpful, the answers you receive aren’t the end all and there is still hope! Among the SDN stats you can also find those who had below average GPA, GRE scores, hours of experience, etc. who still were chosen among many others to attend vet school!

The summer before school has been filled with ensuring I have all the items checked off my list for matriculation; which includes updating all my vaccines, starting my pre-exposure rabies vaccines, and getting all my titers done for all my vaccines. The college I’ll be attending also has a dress code: business casual; so it seems my wardrobe will also be in need of an update to ensure I have enough clothes to not have to do laundry just about every week.

I’ve put in my notice at work and we’ve come to an agreement for my last day being August 18th, orientation is August 20th, and classes start August 27th. It’s happening so fast and it’s already June, next thing I know I’ll be hugging my coworkers on my last day. I’ve discussed coming back during vacations to continue my work as a tech, I couldn’t imagine spending 4 years and not continuing my tech skills or returning to my hospital. I’ve been lucky enough to have a shift with coworkers who support me and teach me every step of the way. We are all planning a housewarming party at my new apartment, which by the way is about 10 minutes from the school; needless to say that criteria was important so I can sleep in as much as possible! And of course be in class on time.

The most important thing to remember about the summer before is to enjoy it. Do not spend the time studying, instead spend the summer with friends, family, loved ones. Spending the summer studying will not be able to prepare you for what you have to come.


Until next time,

The Importance of Self-Care

We are nearing the end of a semester; for some this will be the break before the start of vet school and other’s are nearing the start of an(other) application cycle. No matter where you are in your journey, it’s always best to remember the real meaning of self-care and the importance of taking a break every once in a while. More often than not, pre-vet students (Hell, pre-med students in general) have this concept of what makes the perfect applicant.

What grade can I get, what can I do, what award/certificate can I win that will better my value to other schools? What will make me more competitive and well-rounded? What grade do I need on my final to get an A/B/C in the class? Where else can I apply for volunteering/shadowing/employment in a clinic? etc. etc.

Ultimately, it doesn’t matter as much as you think it does. You can be the best applicant possible and someone is more preferred in some other way/shape/form. And, you can’t be successful in all your endeavors if you wear yourself down too thin. I almost did just that this semester, I fell behind in studying

Now, let’s not take this as I’m saying grades aren’t important; that it’s okay to glide by with Cs. That is not what you should take from this! School is still very important to me, it’s an experience, it’s my education, and I don’t plan on taking it for granted. My undergraduate courses have/are setting the foundation for what vet school will use to build my knowledge upon. But getting home after working 18 hour shifts has taught me that taking care of myself isn’t selfish. I shouldn’t feel guilty for taking a day or two off to sleep, rest; do things I find enjoyable.

It’s when you don’t take care of your mind and body that your light burns out. There should be absolutely zero shame involved with taking a break or saying “no” to staying late. Take pride in your abilities and learn this lesson early, stop and take time for yourself. If you feel like your light is burning out, do not be afraid to reach out to people: family, friends, coworkers, professors, peers, etc. Heck, you could even find a veterinary professionals group online and feel free to reach out! We are all in this together and we’ve all experienced similar things before, utilize us and lean on us for support! We are in this field together.

With how much of ourselves we give to every client/patient, it is a necessity in order for our survival. Not only do our clients and patients deserve better, but so do we (veterinary professionals of all sorts).

We are at our best when we are well fed, rested, and refreshed. We cannot sufficiently serve from an empty vessel.


Until then,

Veterinary School – VMCAS Round 2?

We are a mere two months away from the VMCAS 2018-2019 application cycle opening up! Some from 2017-2018 cycle have been rejected, accepted, or wait-listed at their school(s) of choice and are eagerly awaiting any further news within these upcoming months. Never the less, we are anticipating the best and the worst while waiting. Rather than staring at our portals/email all day, everyday we could be hankering down and figuring out how to ensure a win for next cycle. Even if you end up getting off the wait-list, or even hearing back from your dream school, at least you could say you were prepared for the “worst”.

Rather than waiting until May, getting a head start on buffing up your application for the upcoming cycle will ensure that you’re not scrambling to get stuff done and put together at the last minute! Take a look at your previous stats; see what could be improved upon, what were your weakest points? What could you boost? What do you feel you could elaborate more on (past experience descriptions, etc.)? Any make sure you take advantage of contacting the previously applied schools and discuss these factors with them as well; remember they are your friends in ensuring you grow to be the best applicant possible.

I’ve been wait-listed at my top school of choice, so I’ve spent the past few months reviewing my own application and improving where I can. I’ve found it difficult to do while finishing up prerequisites and working full-time.

The best thing I’ve found that I can do for myself is also spending the time relaxing and handling my workload to the best of my ability! I have a habit of overworking (especially with us being so understaffed currently) that I tend to create an imbalance between my work, school, and personal life (reflected in my lack of sleep). To maintain my sanity and ensure I don’t get burned out early, I make it a habit to take some time away from studying and focusing on myself. Do I feel guilty doing so? Definitely!! However, that shouldn’t be the case, and I will touch up more on self-care in an upcoming blog.

While preparing for the(/another?) application cycle, contact the schools of interest and request to speak with an advisor, they want you to succeed; it’s up to you to utilize all the resources available to you!


Until then,


Undergrad – Getting a C

For most of us it’s the beginning of the semester, meaning it’s a fresh chance to start anew in all things academic…. Well, okay, maybe not all things academic. But at least at the start of a semester you have a chance to forget about the grades earned the one before; focus on that A you want!

Unfortunately, you can’t erase the grades earned the semester prior, especially if those grades are reflected on your final transcript. In my experiences, most of the pre-vet students tend to be slight overarchievers. We work hard for what we want and what we want is an A in all things college, GRE, etc. We do not settle for less than what we deserve! But the fact of the matter is, you probably deserved that “bad” grade.

For some of you, the “bad” grade may be an A- or a B; for others it may be much worse. Most of the vets I work(ed) with had at least 1 C on their transcripts. I ended up with my first C in Organic Chemistry last semester! I started out strong in the class with an A on my first exam, a B on my second, and my third exam plummeted to an F, followed by a C on my final exam. I maintained 100% on homework assignments and quizzes with the hope it would booster me to a B, alas it was all in vain. Not really, because I still worked my butt off while in the middle of other life matters. At the time I was working almost 70 hours a week, taking care of my own pets, I was still adjusting to moving out and to a different city, and struggling with family matters. It negatively affected me, and it was reflected in my academic standing as well as in my work. Management pulled me aside due to concerns expressed by coworkers at my demeanor. When I slapped myself out of it, it was too late.

I won’t pretend like reading my final grade wasn’t a blow to my chest; I definitely won’t pretend like I didn’t mope around the apartment/work place for weeks on end. I considered changing my major as a back-up plan, I looked up all the blogs and forums I could to read other pre-vet student’s experiences with “bad” grades. It took a while before I came to terms with my grade and it gave me a different perspective, it showed things in a different light.

A C is not the end of your academic career, it doesn’t mean you will never be considered for the school of your dreams, and it definitely doesn’t mean that you failed. A C simply means you exhibited average comprehension of the course material. It could also mean that you couldn’t devote as much time to the course as needed (personal matters, work, etc.).Whatever the reason is, most vet schools will give you the opportunity to address that/those bad marks. And there are other areas in your application in which you can make up for a lower GPA: experiences, research, extracurricular activities, work, the GRE, achievements/awards, and essays. It is possible to get into vet school with a 2.9 GPA with a kick ass application!

For those of us who are so used to getting As/Bs, we think our first C in undergrad is hard? What about the first time we will get one in vet school? What about the first time we will fail an exam/quiz in vet school? It’s bound to happen! Vet school is hard, it’s a lot of classes and a lot of information being thrown at you all at once. While some is bound to stick, the rest may just slide right off. When that happens, are you going to let yourself be defeated? Will you decide the field isn’t for you? Leave the program?

If you come across a similar experience as a vet, if a patient passes in your care. If a patient’s procedure is unsuccessful. Will you dust off your hands and call it quits?

No. You get back up and you try again for your next patient. You figure out what went wrong, what you could’ve done better, and you implement all you can to ensure next time you are better prepared.

I promise, a C is not the end of the line. You can still get into your dream school. I’ve seen it happen time and time again, and I hope to be another example of that for those hopeful pre-vets that’ll stumble across this page. If not this cycle, I’ll make sure to continue to share as I pick myself up for another battle I mean VMCAS cycle. Strive to be the best version of yourself, but remember to take care of yourself too. It’ll all fall into place eventually.

Until then,