It seems that school is robbing me of my desire to pontificate... It's tough to find a happy medium of productivity; it seems I'm usually either wasting my time completely or scrambling to get things done at the last minute. There's a bit of denial involved. Discipline is something I'll probably never get quite right! This semester hasn't really been better or worse than last so far. Some things are easier because I know the routine and what's expected for the most part, but we have one more class this semester than last and it's definitely not something I can get through on auto-pilot. I've heard that 2nd year involves a lot fewer hours in class so I'm really looking forward to that! Now I just have to get through the rest of this year without failing out.
I'm already looking forward to the summer. That might be a good thing or a bad thing! I'm hoping it will keep me motivated. I'm planning to go do some breeding work on a big ranch over spring break, and maybe go spend a few days with a good friend who works in a small-town mixed practice. Then this summer I'm going to be all over the map! I'll get to spend some time where I used to work before vet school, hang out with a friend who works mostly on bucking bulls and whitetail deer, and make a round back home visiting family and working with local vets. I'm also pretty excited (but a little nervous) to spend a few days with a rockstar bucking horse vet. I e-mailed him my resume about a week ago asking if I could come follow him around and look into coming for an externship later...I got a reply quickly, but it was very succinct. All it said was "Yes." I guess that's better than "No," but I had asked some questions in my e-mail that weren't yes-or-no type questions! I'll call his office next week and try to find out what's up. I've heard he's a bit eccentric but pretty much a genius at what he does, so it should be worthwhile.
Until then, it's just a matter of keeping my head down and hitting the books. Several big exams are coming up in the next few weeks and I don't have any clean socks so it must be time to get back to work!