Hello readers! My name is Morgan, I am a new blogger for the Merck Manuals Vet Student Stories series and I am thrilled to be able to share my personal stories with you. Whether you hope to get advice from me, want to hear about life as a vet student, or maybe you’re hoping to get a laugh, I hope that I can deliver! I would like to start by telling you how I began my journey into veterinary medicine–the short version.
I don’t have that typical story, that when I was younger I always knew I wanted to be a vet. I’ve always loved animals, more than the normal person does maybe, but as I got older I became more interested in just being a teenager which progressed into being a young adult. In high school, I was more occupied with having fun, and that craving didn’t stop after graduation. I started community college not knowing what I wanted to do, partied over-zealously and ended up dropping out and eventually moving home. After some time searching for my passion (which ranged from yoga instructor to tending bar) I began working at my local animal shelter and a kindle was reactivated. All the feelings of my love of animals came pouring back to me.
I came to Iowa State to recommence my undergraduate education with a goal in mind to go to vet school. 3 months later, I found out I was pregnant. Well, I can tell you that surely was not in my plans…I was totally freaked out and thought that getting my life back on track once again would be hindered. To my pleasant surprise, it did quite the opposite. My son has motivated me beyond my wildest dreams, and I’m not sure if I would have made it to vet school without him. I would not be able to do it without my remarkable support system who help me when I need to study, work, or just take some time for myself once in a while. I was able to get through undergrad with the grades I needed, found time to work and volunteer, and applied to vet school. I didn’t get in my first time, but I took the advice that I got from my mentors to heart and was accepted with my second application.
I would like to sign off with some advice for those applying to vet school. Try something new–don’t be afraid to get outside of your comfort zone. Take risks! I have taken jobs that were entry level, poop scooping jobs that ended up leading to different opportunities that were amazing and extremely relevant. And finally, if you don’t succeed the first time then fix it, and try again if it’s what you truly want. You might learn something about yourself along the way and sometimes that can be the most important thing.