Many times throughout my vet school career, I’ve heard people say things like:
“I only got a 90”
“Ah man, I missed an A by one question”
Wow! That’s great! I’m actually happy for you!
That being said, I’m also extremely happy when I pass. Transitioning from undergrad where passing was a D (like a 60 will pass), to vet school where passing is a C-, (basically anything above a 70 is passing).
That’s ten points! Ten points is extremely easy to miss, especially when an exam covering 6 weeks of material only has 30-40 questions.
I find that the exams or classes where I’ve finished with a C, or a low B, I tend to know the information way better.
I am always shooting for the A, but I try not to beat myself up when I get a C. I turn around, go to the exam review, and see where I went wrong and work on fixing it.
Half the time it was a really stupid mistake (i.e.; changed my original answer or didn’t fully read the question). Now, I know I’m not perfect, but it would be freaking awesome to not make these errors. We all have flaws, and these flaws may be enhanced in a stressful situation such as a midterm exam.
Don’t get down if you get a C. Put in the work, make sure you know it better after getting that C. In the long run, you’ll probably be a better vet.
By getting that C on exam one, and going back to review it more and more, you’re going to remember it. When it pops up in the clinical setting you’re going to be the vet we turn to.
Pour yourself a beverage and drink up! Cheers to you, and cheers to following your dream! (I just had a delicious glass of milk).
Stay rested. Stay hydrated. Remember why you are doing this. You got this. You rule.
– Some dude in vet school
(Helpful tip: if you hold your hands high above your head in fists, like a power stance, for one minute before an exam, your confidence levels will go through the roof and that exam will be less terrifying. Don’t believe me? Try it.)