Every month, Vet Record Careers checks in with third-year vet student, Rosie Perrett.
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It's May, which means two things – first, it's just a month till my birthday and, secondly, I have five exams to revise for. And guess what, the two events coincide! I can't wait for next year when my birthday won't be overshadowed by exams, because by then I'll be on placements instead. In the meantime, this year I share my birthday with one exam and will be preparing for my last exam the following day.
I am definitely looking forward to June 3, when exams will be over and I can start winding down for a month or two. It seems silly saying that so soon after the Easter break, but the impending exams are always on my mind; I have a tendency to feel guilty if I'm not revising.
I did manage to chill out and take a break over the holidays. It was the first Easter that I hadn't planned on doing any EMS with the idea that I would knuckle down to revision. Every year I say that and every year I don't do it – instead I wrote up lecture notes from the previous term. I also got on with my research project and it took me at least three full days to finish my statistics! I like numbers and statistics, but I was getting a little fed up with them by the end.⇓
At the end of the Easter holiday my aunt got married in Brighton. The weather held out and it was a beautiful occasion; it also provided a welcome distraction from studying. Apparently, if I don't make it in veterinary medicine, I could become a make-up artist! My aunt hadn't arranged for anyone to do her make-up for her big day, so I faithfully followed her instructions and was grateful that it worked out okay. However, I don't really feel that I have an eye for fabulous make-up.
Weddings always involve seeing people that you haven't met in a long time and they all asked the same questions (my answers are in brackets):
▪ How many years is your veterinary degree? (Five.)
▪ How long have you been studying and how long till you finish? (Six years so far, with two years to go.)
▪ What do you want to specialise in? (To be honest I'm not sure; I think it's unlikely I'll go into farm animals, I like sheep and cattle, but it's just not for me. In an ideal world I would love to do three days small animals and two days equine, but we'll see what the job market is like when I graduate, I'll probably work in small animal practice and maybe have a change a couple of years down the line.)
I wonder if I should start handing out cards with the answers printed on them in exchange for a pound – I could be rich by the end of my degree! Anyway, now that I'm back at university I have to knuckle down to my studies, otherwise the two years I think I have left may end up being three.