The past year has been a blur. It has to be the most exciting year of my life because I saw and did more than the other 21 years combined. The only accurate way I can describe it is as a year of firsts. Over the last year, I’ve accomplished many things that I never dreamed of doing.
Before the veterinary school application process, I had never been on a plane nor driven outside the state of Vermont. That quickly changed though. In a period of one week last January, I went on a 10-hour train ride to NYC by myself, visited one of my closest friends on Long Island, and went on 7 different plane rides to various veterinary schools for interviews.
In March, I took a road trip to Michigan with one of my other friends for an accepted students day at the state veterinary school. We drove my ’98 Corolla, a beater that everyone said couldn’t make it over any long distance. My reliable car did in fact make it (through the tail end of a snow storm, too) and back. This was my first road trip that I had ever gone on with a friend, I drove in multiple states and even in Canada, and had an awesome time during the trip.
Now I find myself in veterinary school in Virginia. Moving and living in a different state for the first time, which seemed like a daunting task, went more seamlessly than I had imagined. This Thanksgiving was also the first holiday that I’ve spent away from my family. Instead, I spent it with a few of my new best friends.
All of these “firsts” wouldn’t have happened if it weren’t for my desire to be a veterinarian. That pursuit led me to go out and experience new things, and I am very glad that I have the opportunity. Based on what has happened in the past year alone, my future and the road ahead looks very promising.