It’s that time of the year again! In addition to the regular crowd of people I may run into at school, there are now many bright-eyed vet school applicants visiting Tufts for the first time. I remember two years ago when I was in their shoes. Tufts was the first vet school I ever had the pleasure of visiting and to this day remains only one of two. (I hope to add to this tally in the coming years.) When I first arrived on campus, I recall meeting wonderful people (some of whom became future classmates!) waiting at a table in the administration building before interviews and tours began. After some small talk and hearing a faculty member give a short speech, it was interview time.
I consider myself fortunate for having had my interview in the first time slot. Once it was over, I had the rest of the day to tour the facilities and not be as anxious as I would have been otherwise. My interviewer team consisted of a pathologist and an oncologist, both of whom would end up teaching some of my classes. The interview is often seen as the most nerve-wracking component of an application, and though no two interviews are the same, I would like to provide a few tips to help ease any future applicants’ worries.
First, realize that as much as you can possibly prepare, inevitably it cannot prepare you for what you cannot possibly know until you get to the interview. I hope that this reality brings peace of mind. Engaging in a power pose for a few seconds before entering the interview room may help! Second, recognize that your interviewers have gone through the same process earlier in their lives and can empathize with you. Admitting you’re a little bit nervous is pretty human. Finally, relax! My father has always told me that there are two rules in life: “Don’t sweat the small stuff, and everything is ‘the small stuff.’”