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Rhetrick19

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  1. Pre-Veterinary
    Hi! I’m applying to vet school this cycle and feeling really anxious about it. This is my first time and I’m wanting some advice on my application. I’m applying to Iowa State (IS), Kansas, and Colorado. I have to stay in the midwest due to my boyfriend being in the Iowa national guard.



    Cumulative GPA: 3.6
    Last 45 GPA: 3.6
    Science GPA 3.5

    Veterinary Experience:
    - 2,000 hours at a small animal practice (paid)
    - 200 hours of shadowing at a mixed practice
    -10 hours of large animal shadowing
    -4 hours with a zoo vet
    -6 hours of

    Animal Experience:
    - 300 hours of weekend boarding at my clinic (vet not present on weekends)
    - 15 hours volunteering with horses
    - 100 hours volunteering with cattle and goats
    - I’m trying to volunteer at the zoo since wildlife medicine is my goal, however not sure if I’ll be able to because of covid

    Research:
    - 250 hours in south africa doing research on great white sharks, benthic cat sharks, and cetaceans

    Extracurriculars & Community Service:
    - Theatre/show choir/choir throughout high school and part of college (3000+ hours)
    -I’m signed with a modeling and acting agency and have done some stuff there
    -I was on hawaii five-o at one point
    -I do a lot of hiking probably 3-4 days a week
    -I’ve recently taken up photography
    -traveling is my number one hobby
    - I didn’t join any clubs in college due to working several jobs and having other hobbies
    -speech club in high school

    Honors & Awards:
    - Dean’s and President’s list 4/6 semesters (I had a rough year this past year with a lot of deaths in the family. Mostly A’s with 3 B’s and one C in the two semesters)
    -Dean’s scholarship
    -graduated high school and now college in 3 years

    Other Work Experience:
    - 500+ hours teaching swim lessons at the YMCA
    - 500+ hours working at an elementary school
    - 2000 hours working at Dairy Queen
    - Acting/modeling agency
    -Chemistry tutor 100 hours

    Volunteer:
    - 30 hours of beach clean ups

    Diversity:
    - I am a military brat and moved around a ton as a kid (5 states, 15+ houses) and saw a lot of the world. Vet school would be my first time being at a school/same district for longer than 3 years

    thank you all for the help. Imposter syndrome is getting to me and I would really appreciate some feedback :)
     

    Rhetrick19

    Full Member
    2+ Year Member
    May 26, 2019
    59
    101
    Des Moines, Iowa
    1. Pre-Veterinary
      Hi! I’m applying to vet school this cycle and feeling really anxious about it. This is my first time and I’m wanting some advice on my application. I’m applying to Iowa State (IS), Kansas, and Colorado. I have to stay in the midwest due to my boyfriend being in the Iowa national guard.



      Cumulative GPA: 3.6
      Last 45 GPA: 3.6
      Science GPA 3.5

      Veterinary Experience:
      - 2,000 hours at a small animal practice (paid)
      - 200 hours of shadowing at a mixed practice
      -10 hours of large animal shadowing
      -4 hours with a zoo vet
      -6 hours of assisting in whale stranding

      Animal Experience:
      - 300 hours of weekend boarding at my clinic (vet not present on weekends)
      - 15 hours volunteering with horses
      - 100 hours volunteering with cattle and goats
      - I’m trying to volunteer at the zoo since wildlife medicine is my goal, however not sure if I’ll be able to because of covid

      Research:
      - 250 hours in south africa doing research on great white sharks, benthic cat sharks, and cetaceans

      Extracurriculars & Community Service:
      - Theatre/show choir/choir throughout high school and part of college (3000+ hours)
      -I’m signed with a modeling and acting agency and have done some stuff there
      -I was on hawaii five-o at one point
      -I do a lot of hiking probably 3-4 days a week
      -I’ve recently taken up photography
      -traveling is my number one hobby
      - I didn’t join any clubs in college due to working several jobs and having other hobbies
      -speech club in high school

      Honors & Awards:
      - Dean’s and President’s list 4/6 semesters (I had a rough year this past year with a lot of deaths in the family. Mostly A’s with 3 B’s and one C in the two semesters)
      -Dean’s scholarship
      -graduated high school and now college in 3 years

      Other Work Experience:
      - 500+ hours teaching swim lessons at the YMCA
      - 500+ hours working at an elementary school
      - 2000 hours working at Dairy Queen
      - Acting/modeling agency
      -Chemistry tutor 100 hours

      Volunteer:
      - 30 hours of beach clean ups

      Diversity:
      - I am a military brat and moved around a ton as a kid (5 states, 15+ houses) and saw a lot of the world. Vet school would be my first time being at a school/same district for longer than 3 years

      thank you all for the help. Imposter syndrome is getting to me and I would really appreciate some feedback :)
       

      MixedAnimals77

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      May 16, 2016
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      1. Veterinary Student
        I think you have a pretty good shot especially IS at Iowa at least based on my OOS experience. Just nail the essays and have good LORs. CSU is very competitive and expensive as OOS even with your stats. Is there a reason Missouri, Illinois, Minnesota, Indiana, Tennessee or Wisconsin aren't on your list? They're a lot closer and cheaper than CSU-just a suggestion (if using VIN tuition map remember Missouri you can switch residency so you need to read the asterisk portion for the true cost). Might want to do some more research on cost vs location to Iowa keeping in mind prereq requirements
         

        Rhetrick19

        Full Member
        2+ Year Member
        May 26, 2019
        59
        101
        Des Moines, Iowa
        1. Pre-Veterinary
          I think you have a pretty good shot especially IS at Iowa at least based on my OOS experience. Just nail the essays and have good LORs. CSU is very competitive and expensive as OOS even with your stats. Is there a reason Missouri, Illinois, Minnesota, Indiana, Tennessee or Wisconsin aren't on your list? They're a lot closer and cheaper than CSU-just a suggestion (if using VIN tuition map remember Missouri you can switch residency so you need to read the asterisk portion for the true cost). Might want to do some more research on cost vs location to Iowa keeping in mind prereq requirements
          I have close family in Colorado and was born there, so really wanting to go back. It’s definitely my reach school. I’ve recently added Illinois to my list as well. Luckily I’m on a GI bill, so tuition isn’t a huge concern as most of it is covered.
           
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