Though it seems like only yesterday that I was getting onto a plane to come to Slovakia for the first time, today I started my final year of vet school. What was a dream is now nearly reality with just 297 days to go.
I am excited yet dreading the year ahead – it starts today with 2 weeks of lectures from 8am – 7pm everyday apart from Fridays. On Friday’s for some reason we start at 8am and finish at 8pm. In addition to this we’ve become guinea pigs for a new way of teaching that the university is trying out to cover species in blocks instead of lessons through the year.
So this still means that I have 4 big state exams left to do, however the time I have to learn everything I need to pass them has been reduced to a four week period. This is better in some subjects such as swine where we only do a semesters study so we study everything and then pass the exam. However for Small Animals however this means we have four weeks to learn surgery, reproduction, infectious and to revise all the internal medicine stuff that we covered over last year – intense much?
The group I am in sets the order I am doing things which gives me ruminants first with the state exam on the 26th October. This is followed by swine on the 7th December. Small Animals is then on 28th March and my final exam – equine is on the 23rd May.
I’ve also got to finish up my thesis by the start of April and will defend this at the end of May.
Until then I have decided that I am going finish as I started – with a diary entry every day through my last year – it is amazing how long each diary entry actually takes to write so with my other commitments through the past couple of years I have let it slip a little which isn’t great. This however could not be helped as I did have a part time job which helped me through school a lot – unfortunately though this is something that is impossible to continue so I once again have the time for my diary and crowdfunding approach to vet school.
I am planning some really special things over the next year so do stay tuned. With that however I think I should explain the new countdown…
Zero day with graduation just so long as I don’t mess anything up is on either 28th or 29th June. And hopefully you will all join the countdown with me.