What qualities will you bring to your veterinary school interviews?
With the thousands of applications that admissions counselors must sieve through, I can only imagine how many of them blur together. All of the volunteer hours, the clinic employment hours, the research hours, the creative essays, etc, etc. I can remember all of it. These applications are a bear. There is no denying it.
So, how do you make yourself stand out in a crowd? The interview!
The people interviewing you will of course have a checklist or other mass-production sheet to use to evaluate you, but what about their real “take-home message” that they will write in the comments section of the evaluation? How will they remember you? Here is a bit of food for thought.
Gratitude. Gratitude is an excellent professional quality to possess. I think it assists in personal development as well as wellness within your life. A couple of my interviewers noted my gratitude for the things I had been able to experience in my life. They wrote it down and inquired further (a sign that you have caught their interest).
Arrogance. This is an undesirable quality during an interview. I know of some professors who will deeply probe with difficult questions once they recognize arrogance in an individual. Arrogance and close-mindedness are not qualities that veterinary schools look for in their prospective students.
Global Knowledge. Veterinary medicine does not exist in isolated systems scattered throughout the globe. We are all interconnected, even over international borders. A global awareness of how systems work and are connected will prove helpful for gaining admission to a veterinary college. This does not require you to travel to every destination that interests you – simply pick up a book and read it for yourself!