Chances at OSU

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  1. justanotherhopeful

    justanotherhopeful

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    Just want to get some advice on what I can do to improve my chances. :)

    Here's some background.. I'm a third year at THE OSU. I took last year off because I suffer chronic migraines and just couldn't manage to get them under control. As I'm sure you could imagine, having a splitting headache everyday of your life (literally) can get depressing. So, I withdrew, went home to CLE visited some doctors, and got diagnosed with fibromyalgia, depression, and anxiety. I was put on a new medication (Hallelujah!) and got some counseling. I am feeling 10000000% better and back at it this year. Hoping to get into OSU's veterinary school within the next two cycles.

    Health issues left my GPA slightly banged up but my major GPA held on strong.

    GPA 3.3
    Animal Science Major GPA 3.9

    I got high C's and low B's all through gen chem and o chem but I'm taking biochemistry and microbiology this semester (along with molecular genetics and physics next semester) and so far so good. I'm hoping that if I show a major improvement they will be able to overlook the past. (What do you think?)

    I completed an internship in my local science museum (one of the best in the country) as an animal specialist intern. I volunteer in OSU's Companion Animal Hospital ICU and I also have accumulated hours at a spay and neuter clinic. I have a good number of hours shadowing as well. My college advisor is on the admissions board also. We are very close, I really love her. She knows my situation and is so encouraging. I'm hoping this connection will get me a great letter of recommendation and improve my chances but I'm not really sure how much or how little it will help.

    Before applying, I plan on doing some more shadowing and also volunteering at the wildlife hospital for the summer. I don't have my total hours as I have two years left to accumulate more. Just want an idea about whether or not I stand a good chance considering it'll be impossible to raise my GPA drastically. Hoping to get to a 3.5 by the time I apply. Any thoughts, suggestions, encouragement, etc. is really really appreciated :)
     
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  3. NStarz

    NStarz Ohio State c/o 2016 7+ Year Member

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    Hey--so I actually suffer from a similar medical condition--New Daily Persistent Headache (24/7 headache for 6.5 years)--so I know where you're coming from. I'm not great at giving people admissions advice, so I'll leave that to others, but I do want to say that I'm a current third year vet student at Ohio State, so please feel free to PM me if you want to talk about going through what we have and the vet school curriculum here. Stay strong :)
     
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    that redhead 5+ Year Member

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  5. justanotherhopeful

    justanotherhopeful

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    I posted it in the thread! Thanks for the tip.. I'm new here ;)
     
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