Veteran

Veteran

  • someone who fought in a war as a soldier, sailor, etc.
  • someone who has a lot of experience in a particular activity, job, etc.

(Definition from: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/veteran)

Veteran (Medical Laboratory Science Student)

  • A student who is extending/has extended his/her stay in the supposed four and a half year course.
  • A student whose year in school is known as 3.5 or 3.75.
  • A student whose name and face is very familiar to his/her instructors.
  • A student who, due to overstaying, continuously gains more experience than regular students.
  • A student who understands that ‘generation gap’ does not exactly mean a large age gap. It could be less than a year.
  • A minority group.
  • A DL: Delayed Lister

I’m a veteran. 3.5 this semester, 3.75 next semester. Believe me, regular juniors started using the term veteran this school year. It’s quite annoying because it sounds derogatory and sarcastic when they say it. Por ehemplo, “Veteran ka kasi.” “Ang taas ng mga score niyo, mga veteran kasi.” “Oh, eh di kayo na matalino, veterans.

We’re supposed to feel good because they just complimented our ‘status’. But the tone of their voice is just off, and you can tell that our presence is like a threat to them. Understand this, when you’re a veteran, especially those sure interns-to-be, you can’t afford to fail a subject. If you do, you’ll be extending for another year, or another semester if the subject will be offered during the summer term.

Maybe I should add “Students who regulate the population of juniors and incoming interns” to the definition. They complain that they get low scores because of us. Of course it’s not fair. They don’t study/review.

Generation gap? Please! If we’re lazy, they are lazier. Guess what, they even dictate what they want and don’t want. They can be really ‘abusive’ when it comes to new instructors. When you’re a veteran, you’ve learned a lot about respect during the first time you were a junior, or when you experienced your first majors. Regulars are so lucky that their instructors are so kind, that us veterans are jealous about that fact. But we’re also grateful for our strict instructors who have taught us about the true value of respect.

Maybe this is just a phase for the regulars, or the newbie juniors. (Oh yeah, I thought of a new term to refer to them). We went through that, too. But we gotta brag about being more disciplined than them when we were newbie juniors. Let’s not worry tho. They’ll learn our ways. They’ll learn a lot about respect.