I decided to start this blog to chronicle my five years of vet school – at least, I hope it’ll only take me five! I’m planning on doing a post a week (ish) just to give myself a way of looking back. If this helps anyone else, that’ll be a bonus!
A little bit about me: I’m nineteen years old as of two weeks ago, I have two dogs, two lambs, two horses and a little brother. I’ve wanted to be a vet for as long as I can remember – it’s been my solid dream throughout my crazy, hectic life. I’m English originally, but I spent three years in France prior to moving here (Ireland), which means that last year, I did the Irish end of school exams: the Leaving Cert.
The Irish system is such that we get our results at the end of August – this year it was the 17th – and I got 565 out of 625. I was originally offered a place in medicine at University College Dublin, which I was happy enough with but it wasn’t quite good enough for me. I was planning to start out in medicine and hope to be upgraded in rechecks – if not, I was going to go back to school and sit the Leaving Cert again. Today was second round offers day, but I wasn’t too hopeful as second round offers for vet are rare enough, but when I checked this morning, there it was! The magic button asking if I would like to accept a place in the veterinary medicine course in UCD. Being me, I called my family first to tell them (and also to reassure myself I was awake) and then got my mum to watch me click said magic button.
Twelve hours later, I’ve just about got my head around it: I’m officially a future veterinarian! Orientation starts next week, and classes start the week after that, so it’s all go. So many people helped me get to here, and it’s finally happening. I’m going to college to study the one thing that I’ve always known I want to do. You know when everything feels like it’s falling into place? After last year, which was my most stressful one to date, it finally feels like that for me. Here’s hoping it’s as good as I’ve always dreamt!
I have no idea what future posts will be like or even if anyone is going to read them, but this is the start of what I hope will be the best years of my life. If anyone does end up joining me, enjoy the ride!