Personal Essay

like i mentioned before, i want to post my personal essay that i submitted with my applications for vet school. some basic things about writing an essay like this is to not list what youve done, or seen etc. but to describe a specific event that you learned from or impacted you in some way. i really hope this is helpful!  here it is:

Guns pointing they yelled, “No one move! Count to one hundred!” I lay quiet and in fear as the robbers quickly left the store with my dad’s wallet and the store’s money. After this traumatic incident I did not feel safe again until my mom introduced me to my dog Haley. Haley and I became best friends with an unbreakable bond; after thirteen years she continues to inspire me to help animals. In college, I initially believed the best path for me to help animals was through studying law. While walking on campus one day, I felt helpless when I saw a litter of stray kittens fighting to survive. Seeing these abandoned animals inspired me to find a solution to end animal homelessness, and it became immensely clear that I wanted to become a veterinarian instead. The course load intimidated me, but I decided the only way my life would be fulfilling was if I learned to become a veterinarian. My drive to achieve this goal helped me commit myself to my studies, and I declared biology as my major. I pursued experience in the veterinarian field through several opportunities, including engaging in the International Student Volunteers (ISV) program, shadowing small animal and equine veterinarians, and obtaining an internship in Washington D.C. My volunteer work with ISV was unique because I worked with exotic animals while immersed in a foreign culture. On my first day in the ISV program I learned how to feed emus. During my first experience feeding the emus I was almost attacked by one and learned I had to be highly alert. I was instructed to appear taller by holding my arm straight above my head to deter any threats. By being more aware and operating quickly, I did not have any more frightening incidences with the emus. I learned precautionary measures must also be taken while working with domesticated animals. I experienced the importance of this while shadowing a small animal veterinarian in Florida. We needed to vaccinate a 150 pound angry and scared Rottweiler. After coaxing him out of the cage, it was obvious the dog would not accept a muzzle. Two veterinary technicians and I restrained the dog. A blanket was thrown over his head and held down by one technician, while the other technician held his front paws, and I held his hind legs. We held the dog as still as possible while the doctor worked quickly so she could vaccinate him in his hindquarter. After four long minutes, he was successfully vaccinated and cautiously escorted back to his cage. From my time spent at the small animal clinic, I learned the importance of teamwork, having trust in staff capabilities, and having the confidence and determination in my abilities to complete the task. These characteristics are needed throughout the field of veterinary medicine. I also learned the necessity of confidence while shadowing an equine veterinarian in New Hampshire. During a wellness examination a horse experienced an adverse reaction to a vaccine; it began seizing and throwing its body around, potentially hurting itself and others. The doctor remedied the situation before anything went terribly wrong. Being a veterinarian requires confidence, vigilance, and the ability to think quickly while staying precise. I further developed my skills of working quickly and precisely during my internship in Washington D.C. I pursued this internship knowing it would broaden my knowledge of animal rights, and help me develop an understanding of our political system. A major part of being a veterinarian is effectively communicating with people such as owners, and while working my internship in Washington D.C. I was able to greatly enhance my interpersonal skills. Daily duties included communicating with constituents, and conducting and relaying research for a congressman. This internship gave me the ability to become more politically conversant. I made life-long friendships interning on Capitol Hill, and my decision to pursue veterinary medicine was solidified; I wanted to take a medical path and not a political path to helping animals. Through my adventures traveling, shadowing, and interning, I discovered being a veterinarian is a multifaceted occupation. Whether it is small animal, equine, or exotic veterinary medicine, they all require a high level of confidence and intelligence. Veterinarians are important at a global level for maintaining standards for animal and human welfare. When I become a veterinarian much of my time will be dedicated to charitable work. I aspire to end animal homelessness through spaying, neutering, and non-profit work. Veterinary medicine is a continually progressive discipline, and I am a progressive person. The paperwork submitted for this application is not a complete reflection of my wherewithal to become a veterinarian. I hope to show you how qualified I am in a personal interview. Becoming a veterinarian will provide me with the opportunity to help animals and their human counterparts, and make a difference in this lifetime.

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4 responses to “Personal Essay

  1. Janah,,, this is amazing. very well written and impressive. you possess such a great passion that you’ll do amazing work and be a great veterinarian.

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