Sounds of Laughter, Shades of Life
Exciting times are upon us in Aggieland! Texas A&M beat
Nebraska, Harry and the gang are casting spells again, and
4th year veterinary students are currently taking the
most important test of their veterinary lives - the North American
Veterinary Licensing Examination. Good luck, 4VMs!
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the Class of 2013 will
have its 2nd annual Thanksgiving Feast at the College of
Veterinary Medicine. Students volunteer to bring delicious homemade
sides, mouth-watering store-bought cranberry jelly, a healthy
assortment of pies, cheesecake, turkey, and ham to share with
fellow students and faculty while we enjoy each other's company and
fellowship. I love my class!
Furthermore, future veterinary students are in the process of
interviewing for the chance of a lifetime. I can still recall how
indescribably anxious I was walking up the stairs in the Medical
Sciences Library as I nervously mumbled, "Hi, uh, I'm here for my
vet school interview." Patiently waiting for my interview panel to
call me into the room, I vividly remember my sweaty palms and
racing heart rate. Sadly, my most memorable thoughts also include,
"Are they going to hate my beard? Maybe I should shave right now.
Where can I find a razor in this library? Wait, what if I cut
myself? That'd be embarrassing. They're going to hate my beard.
I'll never get into vet school." Fortunately, I talked myself out
of apologizing for my facial hair as I took my seat.
To interviewing veterinary students - remember to breathe. On
the day of your interview, while you mousse your hair up extra nice
and devour a few more Tic-Tacs, take a second to look back on
everything you've accomplished thus far: the countless volunteer
hours at the clinic, the frustration and tears that fell on your
biochemistry textbook, the sinking feeling in your gut, then sigh
of relief when you realized you'd been offered the interview of
your dreams. You're more prepared for this interview than you could
Forget reading "sample" interview questions online; more
importantly, spend that time reflecting on your life and find the
true reason why you have chosen to pursue veterinary medicine.
Scripted answers and cookie-cutter responses will never give you
the justice you deserve. Your story, your thoughts, your journey
will set you apart from every other applicant. Good luck, Class of