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Hi everyone! I was hoping for some advice on my status for this application cycle. Please give me any advice/recommendations you have.

20 y/o Hispanic female from Texas

Applying to:
Texas A&M & University of Florida

Cumulative GPA: 3.75
science GPA: 3.53
last 45: 4.0

Any degrees achieved: none. On my 4th year at Texas A&M, animal science major

GRE results: Q/V/W- have not taken yet

Veterinary Experience:
757 hrs
-kennel technician
-shadowed a large animal vet
-shadowed a small animal vet

Animal Experience:
1560 hrs

-horse caregiver
-work at an equine facility
-wildlife rescue and rehabilitation
-Equine internship (had a leadership role)
-royal oaks alpacas
-equine handling clinic
-experience with some livestock animals
-volunteered at an animal shelter
-walking dogs
1760 hrs
-including 2 pets I can put for Texas A&M

-Animal Science Meat department 550 hrs
-Animal Science equine research 92 hrs
-Biomedical and Veterinary Medicine research 24 hrs

High School
-School Board Recognition
-JEF scholarship
-Honor Roll
-Academic Excellence Top Ten Percent Graduating Summa Cum Laude
-UIL Scholar Award
-Total Commitment Award from Cheerleading
-Deans Honor Roll Fall 2019, Spring 2020
-Animal Science departmental Honors

High School
-co-captain of the varsity cheer team
-National Honors Society
-Student Council
-Pre-Vet Society (1st year)
-Mexican Student Association (1st year)
-Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
-Peer mentor for IntersXtions
-Did various community/volunteer service during high school and college
(was in organizations my first year but couldn't make the meetings my sophomore and junior year due to work and decided to focus on my studies more. I had a rough freshman year.)

-Six Flags Fiesta Texas

Letter of Recommendations:
-A veterinarian from the equine hospital I shadowed at
-The barn manager from the equine facility I work at
-At the moment I don't know my 3rd LOR

Summarize any concerns you have
-My biggest concern is if I am a competitive applicant for this year's cycle. I want to apply to more schools but don't know what schools. I will appreciate any advice, recommendations, and/or personal thoughts. Thank you!!!


Texas A&M c/o 2024!!! :o
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Mar 31, 2019
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Based on your stats, I would be shocked if you didn't get invited to an interview with Texas A&M tbh. I think you are competitive as an in-state applicant.

Here are some of my recommendations:
- Make sure your essays answer the prompt and be sure you that your letters are solid. Pick someone who knows you well. I was told that A&M prefers recommendations from veterinarians, because they can attest to your ability to get through veterinary school and describe your fit for the profession. If you don't feel comfortable asking another veterinarian, no worries. It's better to have a solid letter from a non-vet versus a mediocre letter from a vet.
- I also received the UIL scholar award in HS. :cat: If you have any awards for the UIL activities you participated in, list them. It can only help! I had like 10+ medals from competing at regional and state competitions, and I listed them all.
- Make sure you list any leisure activities or hobbies you have. It will show the committee you have a life outside of veterinary medicine.
- For your TMDSAS application, be sure to list at least one leadership position under "leadership experience." When I first applied to Texas A&M, I listed my resident advisor position under employment experience and not leadership experience. I scored VERY low in the extracurricular/leadership category. I didn't list anything under the leadership section and only two extracurricular activities from college. I also didn't list anything from HS. :eek: I had assumed that they'd see my role as a resident advisor and count that towards the leadership and employment catergories. I found out through the reapplicant workshop that if you list something under "x" category, they don't assign points for that same experience in "y" category. At least, that's what I understood from their presentation. :shrug:
- The TAMU pre-veterinary society hosts mock MMI interviews once a semester. Sign up for those. I've heard they are great! Priority is based on seniority. When I was at A&M, the veterinary students acted as your interviewers. They give you feedback as well. You just have to be a member of the pre-vet society and pay your dues.

Your science GPA is a tad low for OOS schools, but your last 45 GPA and cGPA are strong imo. I read you had a rough first year of college. Maybe you can utilize the VMCAS explanation statement to explain that year and describe how you adapted. It can demonstrate your resiliency. I'm not as knowledgeable about OOS schools. I wish I could help you there. Maybe someone else can chime in? I applied to some of the cheaper OOS schools (Oregon, North Carolina, Purdue, Washington, and Missouri), because finances are a big deal for me. Pick schools you'd attend if you received an acceptance. I hope this helps! Lmk if you have any questions. :nod:
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