A Week of Firsts

This week was a week of two firsts, our first trip to the practice clinic, and the first lessons of the cell biology course. As you probably already know if you read Wednesday’s post, I found the first week somewhat tough. Sure, I knew it would be difficult, but not like this. I’m not really sure what I’d expected, but I thought since I was used to the hustle of trying to get into vet school, surely I was prepared for whatever curveball they’d throw at me?

Boy was I wrong. Not only had my science skills atrophied after a year of literature, maths and geology, but so much of the material we learned this week were things that I’ve never even thought about before, like how many kinds of epithelium tissues there are, and what function they have, or the structure and folding patterns of proteins. I could go on listing things for the entire length of this entry, there were just that many new things to learn. And of course that’s exciting! I’ve been waiting practically my whole life for this. But it is also nerve-racking

Up to this point, I’d been working towards something, getting into vet school. But now, as I mentioned in my how to stay motivated-post, I’ve had to find something new to strive towards. I stumbled across this guy on Instagram the other day, and found a video of his that I could relate to in so many ways. If you feel like you’re out of your depths just starting university, or like me, getting into an entirely different field, and feeling unprepared, just watch the video embedded below:

And if you enjoyed this video, be sure to check out his vlogs over at Cody Creelman, Cow Vet on YouTube. It seems like he puts a ton of effort into them, and is sort of the Casey Neistat of Cow Vets, with impressive camera work and drones.

As for what I learned this week, other than a ton of different cell biology and histology related phenomena, is that my suturing skill could use a bit of work.

Poor stitching skills aside, I had so much fun going to the practice clinic. They had so many cool things there, like this dog you could run an IV on, or give an injection to, and a ton of stuffed cats and dogs you could place bandages on, and you could take fake blood samples of. The list goes on; there were so many cool things to do there. Plus, there’s usually a couple of horses outside, so if you’re lucky you can have a little pet before going in.

No worries, this is a fake dog, and that's fake blood. I promised this blog wouldn't be that gory.

No worries, this is a fake dog, and that's fake blood. I promised this blog wouldn't be that gory.

As for the first week of cell bio, I’m sure that after a while I’ll be able to crack the code and find a good way to work. The important part is that I won’t give up. And hearing from my friends in school, who are some of the brightest people I know, that they too are struggling was kind of reassuring. It seems like that’s the norm. So if you’re reading this, and are considering going to vet school, or med school, or any other challenging uni degree, don’t let this put you off. Yes, it will be difficult, yes, you’ll have to work hard, but you’ll get through it if you’re gritty enough, and you’ll have plenty of awesome people to commiserate with. I’m going to have to end the entry here and work on my protein assignment that’s due tomorrow, but if you’re interested in seeing more of what vet school is like, or be reminded of when there’s a new post here at vettobe.com, follow my dedicated blog-Instagram (link here), and enjoy the rest of your Sunday!