Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Final Countdown

5 days until I take the biggest test of my life. Sometimes I feel like I am going to rock it and sometimes (most times) I worry about failing.

Failure is my ultimate enemy and my worst nightmare. I loathe failing at anything - I am competitive and driven and I usually succeed in the things that I try. I ran a marathon after the orthopedic surgeon told me I'd never be a marathon runner. I applied (and was accepted) to multiple vet schools after my undergrad advisor gently suggested choosing another career path. I'm currently studying using VetPrep to study for boards, in addition to some other reading materials. It is a bank of 4000+ questions (about 1/3 or so are repeats) that you do as separate practice questions or timed 30 question exams. It tracks your percentage as you go through and tracks your strengths and weakness by species and by category (cardio, derm, anesthesia, toxicology, etc). Up until I got back from the honeymoon 3 weeks ago, I was at a stellar 15% or so. I finally made it to 85% today, with only 600 or so questions to go... KJ made a joke the other day about me not sleeping until I go to that 100% because that is the type of person that I am. Its so true. I'm a freak when it comes to goals. Which is actually a problem sometimes because I get so caught up in accomplishing my goals that I lose track of having fun... not that this particular goal has any relation to fun. You get the point.

Anyway, I'm still alive and here. I can't wait to return to the real world. Im my head, I keep telling myself, "I'll do this when boards are over, I'll do that when boards are over."

I seriously can't wait to do laundry and clean the house. For real.


  1. I am in Canada but I applied with AVMA and I am short of time, should I focus less on theory and more in vetprep questions? By the way, I like how you write:)

  2. Thanks :)

    For boards, I mostly used vetprep and thought I learned a lot. I read the vetprep power pages a few times too - I think overall, it does a pretty good job at preparing you for boards - good luck! :)

  3. Thanks HP, I actually study for BCSE (additional test for foregn graduates, before NAVLE), since I was told it is basically a "miniNAVLE", but time is a issue - I spent 2 weeks for SA Cardiology only (Pasquini, NVMS, some Merck, online materials, etc) and I guess my approach is wrong, I should study only board reviews and stop being a "perfectionist", I can leave it for later:)