Wednesday, January 22, 2014

NAVLE squee

After waiting (not so patiently) for the past month, I got my National board scores.  I've been stalking forums, and found out that in previous years the scores have been released between the 11th and 14th of January, so I was hoping for earlier.  Apparently, they decided to be masochistic and delay results this year.

Finally, today during lunch, I checked my facebook, and saw that some classmates had their results, so I checked, and I passed!  I never have to take another gawd-awful test like that again!

One of my classmates is doing his core surgery rotation at the same practice as me.  He went to high five me after telling me he had passed, changed his mind halfway through the high five, and bear hugged me instead.  Then one of my preceptors picked up the phone, and announced "Our Western students, Karin and ***** have passed their national boards.  Congratulate them when you see them."  This whole time, I was acting very serene, but inside, I was bouncing off the walls with giddiness.

Just to add icing to the kick-ass-day cake, we had a special patient from a zoo (I can't go into specifics), so I got my exotic animal fix.

I can't believe I've made it this far, and I've made it through the hardest parts of vet school.  Life is good.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

I'm really bad at waiting.

For my NAVLE scores, that is.  They should be released any time now, and they sure are taking their sweet time.  The webpage was even changed from saying they'd be released mid-January to saying it'll by by late-January.  Gah!

I'm in the Phoenix area right now for Internal Med.  The clinic is nice, and time passes pretty quickly while I'm there.  When I'm not there, it drags.  I was lucky enough to find a place to stay here for free.  The downside is it's in a gated retirement community, and I can't get through the gate after 8pm, so for 12+ hours every day after I get off work, I'm held captive in the land of old people.  I'm going pretty stir-crazy, and feeling really isolated.  Luckily, I don't have much more of this throughout the year.  My next rotation I'm staying in a hotel (Yay! freedom and autonomy!) and then staying with a good friend (even better!) I just need to remember, there is an end in sight, and it's sneaking up quickly.

If only my NAVLE score would sneak up quickly.