Everyone has that one reason of why they want to be a vet, but a lot of the time students are inspired by other reasons behind just that one.
Today I was working at one of my numerous summer jobs tearing out fencing that was formerly used for sheep so the new owner could build horse paddocks on the property. Now I wasn’t just tearing out a fence, I was tearing out a bunch of fences. When one fence broke, the previous owner just added to it. This resulted in a fence made of high tension wire, barbed wire, cattle panels, wood, and wire fencing all held together with more wire, fence staples, and nails. I got it all down, but the next challenge will be dragging all the materials out of the paddock through weeds that range in height from my waist to well over my head. I can then pile up what can be sold for scrap and then what can be burned. Needless to say, crawling through the poison ivy, nettles, and fighting the bugs on a hot windless day was something else.
As I was sweating and convincing my sore muscles to keep going, I reminded myself that this is why I am going to school. I am not just going to school for a career that I love, but also so that I will have a good job that can support me and a family if I ever have one. I’ve had many tough jobs these last six years that I’ve used to help offset the cost of school and when I’m struggling to keep pushing on, I remind myself this is why I want to be a vet and this hard work will be worth it one day.