Change is good… Right?

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

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