It’s ok to not know what you want to do and it’s also ok to think that you know what you want to do and then change your mind. Change is a part of life. Uncertainty is a part of life. Life is confusing as heck, and you aren’t expected to know everything. I experienced this first hand with my first semester of college. I thought I wanted to be a vet, and then I thought I wanted to be a teacher. After lots of thinking and considerations, I have realized that I really do want to be a vet and I am committed to doing what it takes to get there. So, without further ado, I am filling out a transfer application to one of my top schools, UMass Amherst. Below I’ve attached a copy of my college essay, because why not!!!
In first grade, my school had a day where we had to come to school dressed as what we wanted to be when we grow up. At that time, my sister was working in a veterinary hospital as a kennel technician. So, I dressed myself up in her scrubs and went to school. I think that was my first real moment that I knew I wanted to work with animals. Growing up, I had many different dreams. I wanted to be a singer, an actress, an architect, a princess, and a teacher. When I really considered being a vet, I knew that was best for me. College season came and I applied to UMass Amherst, University of Vermont, and UMass Lowell. I was accepted into all of them with a major in Animal Science and/or biology. When it came to making a decision, I panicked and had sort of a crisis/epiphany. Money wise, UMass Lowell made sense, because I live five minutes away. So, I picked Lowell and changed my major from biology to English in hopes of being a high school English teacher. All throughout my first semester I kept wondering if I had made a mistake. Was this really what I was supposed to be doing? Is this what I’m meant to be? Second semester came around and now I know that I am supposed to be on my path to vet school. My passion for helping others and wanting to make a difference, combined with my love of animals, this is the only thing that makes sense to me. I went back and forth for a while on if I wanted to work my way towards medical school or veterinary school, and after much deliberation, I have decided that I desperately want to work with animals. I am considering different areas of veterinary science, in fact I am writing a paper on it for my writing class. I want to look into the immunology and infectious diseases aspect, as well as the reproduction of animals, and then lastly, working with a private practice. All three of these areas interest me. Although, working with large animals is my passion, I would be very interested in exploring the other possibilities. At the end of the day, I just want to dive into the world of science and absorb everything I possibly can. So, for these reasons, I know that a path to veterinary school is the path I am most excited to take.
xo Christina Cecilia