How are your New Year’s resolutions coming along?
For Rossies, the New Year presents the perfect time to set realistic goals that can help make their academic year more positive, and productive, and their time on the island of St. Kitts more enjoyable. From getting more sleep to reaching out to family more to better managing their finances, the goals vary from person to person. But there are four goals that may be worth adding to your list as a student. They realistic, fun and meaningful and will allow you to make the most out of 2019.
Life gets busy and it is easy to feel like you don’t have a moment to spare for yourself. That’s why it is important that you make the intention to be more mindful this year. It is one of the best self-care acts you can engage in. According to Director of Counseling, Dr. Jennifer Bradtke, “Mindfulness is a great way learn to be more present in the moment. Research shows that it can improve attention and focus as well as decrease perceived stress.”
Try one new thing on the island
We know that you’re here to fulfil your dream of becoming a veterinarian but that does not mean that you can’t enjoy the treasures of the island too. There are many reasons to take an intentional break, explore the island and get lost in island adventures. Whether it is hiking to the St. Kitts Volcano crater, hoping on a boat to our sister island, Nevis or finding your peace at Cockleshell Beach, there is lots to love and add to your memory bank here.
Head out into the community
Rossies are known for giving back to the local community with their time, expertise and resources. They are the embodiment of service. Why not join the giving culture and say yes to serving in one of our campus clubs that are dedicated to animal care and health on the island. If you wish you may also choose to partner with friends and start a volunteer project. Volunteering gives you a sense of purpose and positive emotions and strengthens a range of useful skills that will serve you well in the future.
Attend a conference and present an oral or poster presentation; become involved in new research
There is nothing more inspiring than listening to great keynotes, presenting to an audience of like-minded peers, networking with field leaders and walking away with the tools you need to thrive in veterinary school and beyond. That’s why you should dedicate your time to attend at least one veterinary/scientific conference, submit an oral or poster presentation or become involved in new research. Associate Dean of Research and Postgraduate Studies, Dr. Arve Lee Willingham agrees that “these educational opportunities are valuable experiences that allow students to learn from the best and find their space in a community of leaders enabling one’s professional and personal development.”
Are your goals for the New Year different from these? The logic behind these tips still applies: be specific, make small incremental changes to make sure that you accomplish these goals and speak to a friend, lecturer or advisor so they can help you keep on track.