In crafting how and where I would like to spend life after graduation, I interviewed at various hospitals in the greater Boston area. I also reached out to practices in New Orleans and forwarded my resume to clinics down there, despite knowing that I would not be able to interview in person until after graduation, which was sub-optimal. By the end of the interviewing process and after consulting with my loved ones, friends, and current and former professors, I decided to accept a job as an associate veterinarian at the Banfield Pet Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Up until a few months ago, I was 100% dead set on moving back to New Orleans such that I could be close to my family, but as my high school teacher Mr. Hernandez would always say, “Man proposes, and God disposes.” No matter how hard we try to plan something, life may always find another direction for us. Self-identifying as a Type B, spontaneous person, I was fine with this. I took the Banfield job due to a number of reasons: proximity to where my girlfriend lives, large caseload, competitive salary, healthcare benefits, and its flexibility in accommodating my lifestyle. Observant Judaism restricts work from Friday night to Saturday night (the Sabbath) as well as on various Jewish holidays. The fact that Banfield is open seven days a week makes it such that I can be off on the Sabbath but work any available Sunday. Lastly, a very exciting aspect of the job that led me to my decision is that it is the only one that allowed me to practice both in New Orleans and Cambridge. New graduates who start at Banfield do a three-month-long period at a teaching hospital other than the one they will be working. I was able to complete my training at a Banfield in New Orleans, so pending Louisiana licensure, that is where I will officially start my foray into the world of “adulting” before shipping (back) up to Boston!