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A Penny For Your Thoughts

Three weeks ago, the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences interviewed around 250 applicants for acceptance into the class of 2018. As an ambassador, I had the opportunity to give these prospective students tours of the college and the hospitals. During these tours, I was asked a variety of questions, from “What do they look for in an applicant?” to “How much do you really study?” to “Where is a good place to get a beer around here?” I thought I would take this opportunity to provide my thoughts on a few of these topics.

First, let’s talk about getting into vet school. As with anything else, a number of factors come into play when they are selecting students for acceptance into the program. While there is more to each and every one of us than a test grade or a GRE score, these numbers are important when applying to a professional school. If you are interested in vet school, enjoy college, but be sure that you keep your grades up. That is certainly a large piece of the puzzle. In terms of gaining experience, my opinion is that you should try to work with as many different species and in as many different environments as possible. Coming from the city, I was less than comfortable on a farm, but I made sure to spend a weekend giving vaccinations, placing ear tags, and running cattle through chutes. It’s also a great way to explore the various aspects of veterinary medicine. During my undergraduate career at the University of Texas, I was very involved in extracurricular activities. I am a huge advocate of that, and I believe it makes you a well-rounded person capable of balancing different activities while in vet school.

Once vet school begins, it is a ride like no other. Everyone has a different take on each of the years, but for me, the first year was the most difficult. I wasn’t a fan of anatomy, and I was still adjusting to being in College Station. Come second year, I was much more comfortable in my environment and had grown accustomed to the intense studying. I was also more efficient, and I was able to go out and have fun while still getting my studying done. Third year has been even better, and I am lucky to have such great friends and dedicated professors while learning about fascinating subjects. I am anxious to begin fourth year, and I know it will be the best year yet!

Those are a few of my thoughts, for what it is worth. If you are looking to attend Texas A&M University for veterinary school, I wish you all the best! You can do it! And as for the best beer in town, O’Bannon’s Taphouse has quite the selection!