The Results are In: Strengths Survey

This is a good time of the year. The semester has ended, and we are taking a quick break before we start our next classes. The seasons have just changed over, and with that, many more changes. Perhaps some of us are gearing up for the New Year and the change that it represents. It…

Free ways to improve your mental health

Last year, at the third annual Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges’ Health and Wellness Summit, Jennifer Brandt, director of individual and organizational development at the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, said, Eating properly, getting adequate sleep, drinking plenty of water while limiting alcohol consumption, and getting exercise may seem unimaginative, but they’re…

Soldiering On

Our latest shared experience emphasizes how emotionally difficult vet school  can be – even when it isn’t academics causing the problems. Yesterday in a lab, one of our classmates lost consciousness and had to be transported to the hospital, where she remains as of this evening. I heard from several people how traumatic it was…

Stress and Disease and Dysfunction, Oh My!

Last installment, we went over the stress response – what it is, how it works, and the unfortunate fact that it is applied to both physical and psychological stressors. This week, we’re going to look at the effects that a prolonged exposure to stress can cause. In essence, this week we’re going to answer the…

A fear of failure

Fail fast. Fail often. Fail forward. That’s how you got into veterinary school, right? A series of failures? That’s probably not how you think about it. You probably had a great GPA, lots of relevant experience to put on your resume, and a fine-tuned essay. Any time you did experience failure, and you did because…

The Type A Problem

Nice to meet you. Tell me about yourself. “Well, I am inherently high stress, anxious, and competitive. In fact, competition makes me even more stressed and anxious. I have to have my way and I think I know best, even though I often feel that I am not good enough. How about you, what are…