This month, my childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian has finally come true. It’s definitely bittersweet when you actually hit the finishing line. The journey of four-year was filled with wonderful things despite all the toughness, which refined me to be the person that I am today, and made me believe more firmly that all the hard work will eventually pay off no matter all the late night studying, self-doubt, mental stress that came along the journey through veterinary school.
Before I entered veterinary school, I was not aware that there was veterinary specialty training, AKA an internship or a residency program. When I knew that I could apply to such advanced post-graduate program after graduating from veterinary school, I immediately decided to do so. I was fortunate to have had a mother who knows me well and always supports me regardless of the hardship that she has been enduring, especially due to the financial difficulty that was placed on her to support me through veterinary school. I am inspired by her to put forth 100% effort in everything I am doing, hence the decision to extended my dream further and aimed to become a veterinary specialist in medical oncology.
My mom is just one of the role models, and yet the most important one, in my life whom I look up to and then try hard to be like. When I was in undergraduate school, I wanted to be like one of the senior students who was well-known for her academic excellence, and I graduated with good grades and got accepted into veterinary school. When I was in veterinary school, I wanted to be like many of the clinicians that I worked with as I admired their knowledge level and interpersonal skills and many other qualities.
Life overall is like a marathon, you reach the first goal, and then you pursue the next until you finish your mission in life. Life is like a marathon, you are running on your own feet but there is endless support around you to help you fulfill your goal.