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    I'm thinking of picking veterinary medicine to study at university next year, but was wondering whether you were just overloaded with work throughout your time there
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    (Original post by xhxhxh)
    I'm thinking of picking veterinary medicine to study at university next year, but was wondering whether you were just overloaded with work throughout your time there
    I've only done first year so my comments might not be representative of the whole of vet school, but it's what you make of it to be honest. It's possible to adopt a 'work hard, play hard' kind of attitude. I wouldn't say that I've felt overloaded, but it is important to keep on top of things. I personally don't go out every weekend, but some people do. Even then there's chances to socialise in and out of university that don't take up as much time/money. Some of my flatmates like to go on walks, for example. That will only take an hour or two and it's definitely socialising, but it doesn't detract from my studies.

    For me the most grating thing is having to turn down invitations from my high school/sixth form friends when they're back for summer, due to being on placement very often. That gets really frustrating but you just have to make the most of times you are back home.
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    First year I used to go out properly Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and then sometimes again either Saturday or Sunday. Try to do a bit of work on a Thursday and catch up again at weekends a bit then just cram for exams. Second year Tuesdays I didn't go out too late but we used to go for quiet drinks but still out at least 3 other nights in the week. Third year things became trickier living further away from the city but still plenty of pub trips/student bar time. Fourth/Fifth year had a quieter and more civilised social life- one night a week properly out getting hammered, probably the rest of the time I was either working or training- which was a struggle to fit in itself around the work.
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    Depends on how you learn. I'm a third year and I can't say I've had a massive social life at uni, yeah I'm not a hermit, but I also don't go out all the time either and I spend most evenings going over uni notes because I'm not a sponge so I don't soak up information. It's hard work, and it's not like a standard degree where you can go out every night and then spend all day 9-5 in lectures then repeat. You've got to put some effort in. I do go out occasionally, and I go to sports society things, but that's as far as it goes with me because I have to put my mind to learning stuff.


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    So is there enough time to continue a sport competitively?
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    1st year I worked hard and played a lot harder; as the years have come by, 1) I can't get over hangovers in a few hours anymore and 2) The workload/ general vet school prevents you from going out as often. That said there's people in my year who throughout 4th year went out at least once a week, but then again those kind of people don't come in for all lectures and would often come in a lot less than 9-5. I went out once a month-6 weeks depending on time of year.

    Vet school is what you make it - my one bit of advice is don't be a hermit, go out and have fun. If drinking ain't your thing - there's plenty more to do at uni.

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    So is there enough time to continue a sport competitively?
    Yes, I've played several sports for uni, you just have to accept that playing for the 1st team of a given sport may require training 4-5x a week. That will not easily balance into 9-5 vet school life
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    (Original post by Angry cucumber)
    Vet school is what you make it - my one bit of advice is don't be a hermit, go out and have fun. If drinking ain't your thing - there's plenty more to do at uni.



    Yes, I've played several sports for uni, you just have to accept that playing for the 1st team of a given sport may require training 4-5x a week. That will not easily balance into 9-5 vet school life
    Well I'm lucky cause drinking isn't my thing but I kinda have a (similar to a drinking) problem when it comes to sport it seems to be my main spending area! Luckily my sport is very weird and few do it and fewer keep it up to university!
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    (Original post by JL124251)
    Well I'm lucky cause drinking isn't my thing but I kinda have a (similar to a drinking) problem when it comes to sport it seems to be my main spending area! Luckily my sport is very weird and few do it and fewer keep it up to university!
    Whats the sport?
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    (Original post by Angry cucumber)
    Whats the sport?
    Orienteering not mountaineering Orienteering!
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    You'll be fine for sports etc. we've got students who play hockey for example for the uni team as well as the vet team and they manage to find time for everything. It's important to do something that's not vet related to relax. I don't go out hardly but saying that I always find time every evening to go to the beach with my dogs - that's my way of not having a mental breakdown every term 😂 you must give yourself free time to do fun things you enjoy


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