It has now been two weeks since I have finished my final exams of my first year as a vet tech student and I couldn’t be more amazed at how far I have come. When I graduated high school I had vowed that I would never do anything that involved math and science ever again. I had been enrolled in advanced math and chemistry with the hopes of entering the veterinary field and did horribly in them. However, a few years later my path brought me back to my initial dream.
I worked hard and retook math and chemistry and did much, much better than the first time. I then applied to Animal Health Technology. In my province there is only one college that offers this program in English so it is very competitive. I didn’t think I would be accepted, I didn’t think I was good enough.
I was asked to come in and do an interview. I had never been more nervous in my life because I had never wanted something so much. In addition to the interview I was asked to do a short test which included math problems and essay questions to write in French and English. After the interview I got into my car and cried the whole hour drive home. I thought I did awful, no way was I worthy of this program… but I was accepted.
My relief of finishing my first year contrasts completely with the amount of stress and anxiety that I felt applying last year at this time. Seven years ago I had promised myself to never attempt math and science again since I had failed miserably the first time. Now, in my dream program, a science based program, I am a chemistry tutor to my classmates and have finished the year with a high overall average. I have always been surrounded by animals and I have never felt more at home in a school program before. I have worked hard to be here, and couldn’t be happier with all that I have achieved.