This week, I was asked to speak to a group of junior students from the University of Maine who were visiting the Atlantic Vet College (AVC) as part of their pre-veterinary club. Myself and two other students from Maine met with these students to discuss veterinary school and the application process.
First of all, it was interesting to see the competitive pre-vet spirit again. AVC really doesn’t tolerate such competitiveness, and I’m happy that my class has always been good about it. As I sat and answered the questions about what my GPA was and where else I applied/got into, I reminisced about the days when this would have been me. I was 100% that intense pre-vet student, panicking that I wouldn’t get into veterinary school despite my years of hard work.
Second, it was really nice to see where everyone was coming from back in my home state and see what people have been up to. Even though I didn’t attend UMO, it was nice to be in a room full of Mainers.
What is really amazing to think is that I was in their position four years ago now, thinking about submitting my VMCA, taking my GRE, and prepping my application. Now, I’m a wisened third-year veterinary student, trying to prepare for the next chapter in my life: clinicals. I wish all the young up-and-comers good luck in their application endeavor. May the odds be ever in your favor!