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Being Kind While Smelling Like Fried Rice

By: Katelyn Guill-Sanchez

My most rewarding experience thus far on my journey to DVM has nothing at all to do with animals and everything to do with humility – waiting tables. It sounds so silly, but I think waiting tables has helped me to develop better client interaction skills than any formal training that I’ve had. I work in a busy sushi/hibachi restaurant near Kansas State University every Friday and Saturday night. After every sleepless Thursday night and every dreadful 8 am Friday exam I drag myself to work – and it’s the thing I look  most forward to each week. Beyond my curriculum, it gives me a sense of time management and purpose, and some extra money in vet school always goes a long way. Being a waitress has taught me how to triage (cats and noodles are basically the same thing, right?). It has taught me to work quickly and efficiently and how to be kind and patient with strangers, even under stress. I love my job. I have met some wonderful people, and my restaurant experience even landed me my Student Rep position with Hill’s. I strongly encourage other students to work odd jobs during summer breaks if their schedules allow. Taking a step outside of vet med has given me a new perspective on being understanding and patient with strangers – because hell hath no fury like small children with plates of fried rice.


On the next edition of Life as a Vet Student....

Kirsi Gove from Utah State takes it to the next level with a love of Vespa Scooters.  Congratulations to her "Life as a Vet Student" award-winning submission, and check out her cool story below!


I developed an interest in Vespa Scooters after High school, I has always wanted one, especially one of the older ones from the 50's. I liked the classic lines and being able to ride a cool bike that was over 50 years old. I worked at a coffee shop and was about to start my first semester of undergrad. I bought a repair manual for a Vespa P200 (made from the 70's-80's) after finding a basket case of a scooter on a local classified website. The scooter needed new electrical and an engine rebuild, none of which I had ever done, but I was up for the challenge and decided to take it on. One thing I like about vespas is that an engine project never takes up more space than the kitchen table and with time and practice I can now rebuild an engine in less than 4 hours. I fixed that scooter, rode it for the next summer and sold it in the fall. I made money on the sale that covered my time and then some. Thats when I decided to keep doing it and buy more and more projects. This is how I ended up paying for my undergraduate degree and it was a pretty fun side job and hobby, at one point during my junior year I had 27 bikes ranging from small Puch and Jawa mopeds to Vespas and Lambrettas.