Yep. There. I said it. I've never really worked for anything in my life. I don't know how to work hard for something. It's not because I'm a spoiled brat, but people hate me nonetheless, because I'm one of those people who has the intelligence to do pretty much anything she wants... and yet, does nothing with it. In school, I never studied, and still got to the top of my class. My graduation speech, although heralded as spectacular, was actually something I typed up about 20 minutes before leaving that morning. Now, I'm not a genius. I'm intelligent, but I'm certainly not a genius. I am completely unfamiliar with how to study, or finish things on time. All those "study habits" that are taught in classes seem superfluous to me. Anyways, why am I saying all this? Certainly not so I can be called a whiny brat who needs to buckle down. This may be perfectly true. However, I don't know how to go about working towards veterinary school. I am a freshman in college at UAH who is trying to get all of her core classes out of the way. I don't have many volunteer hours, and those that I do have are in tutoring children and teaching them karate. I run my own rescue for sugar gliders, and have experience rehabilitating several animals, both domestic and wild, however, this is not something I know how to put on an application. I mean, people want me to say that I spent all this time working for such-and-such... but it seems like running a home rescue can't be put as volunteer, since I'm not really working for someone else in some established organization, like the humane society, even though I keep track of everything myself. What I mean to say is, what should I do now? When I say that I don't know how to work hard, I mean that in regards to grades. I've never had to work for them. I keep track of an entire household pretty much by myself, since both of my parents work. I run the rescue, buy the food, pay for vet bills, clean, etc. But I still have a lot of free time, because in regards to the other things, I'm a diligent worker, and I get things done. What needs to be done in order to get into vet school? Where and how much should I volunteer? Vet's office or humane society? And in the vet's office, would ANY job suffice, or does it need to be a more interactive job? What kind of grades do vet schools expect to see? What else do they need to see? I'll most likely be applying to Auburn, because I can't stand the weather up north, and even within the South, I'm not sure I can go too far because I've got to keep running my rescue. Wow... that was long-winded. Apologies.