30 March 2010

Ugh. Retail.

I'm so glad that retail is not going to be my forever profession. Not that I completely hate my job (I actually usually enjoy it), but I'm so sick of not doing what I really want to be doing. I don't know what I would've done if I hadn't gotten in to RVC this year, since no other school accepted me (wait-listed at Tufts doesn't count). It makes me laugh how I even applied to RVC to begin with. Here's the story:

I did some intense research during the spring of '09 to figure out which schools to apply to. I was freaking out because I couldn't figure out which schools really had what I wanted and which schools I actually had a chance at. So I downloaded the little spreadsheet of pre-reqs from the AAVMC website and narrowed down my list to 8 schools (originally UC-Davis, Purdue, Cornell, Tufts, RVC, Wisconsin, Illinois, and VMRCVM). I shaved the first three off since after starting the application process, I realized that I would never get in and I didn't actually have the pre-reqs to even qualify. So buh-byes to them. I don't really know what made me want to apply to RVC in the first place. I think it was the fact that I had a good-ish chance of getting in, it didn't have a supplemental (HUGE factor at the time), and it had a great equine program. I didn't even think about it as a possibility until I received an email saying that they really liked my application and wanted me to do a fast-track interview in NYC in January. Let me tell you, before that email I was having THE shittiest week ever. I don't remember why, but it was a tough week. After that, I was on air. It was the first school I heard back from and I was so excited that I would have the chance to prove myself in an interview. And, it prompted me to do some research into the school itself so that I would have questions at the interview (very important, know your stuff and prepare some questions, they love it because it shows that you cared enough to learn about what's going on at the school).

During that research, I fell in love with the school, the curriculum, and the fact that it was in the UK and not in the US became a pro and not a con. Tufts was originally my top school, but RVC slowly crept it's way from the bottom of the list to the very top. And after the interview and subsequent offer of placement, and the fact that they felt I was a valued student, I felt sure that RVC was the place for me. Of course, I wanted to wait (and good thing I did because my other top choice Tufts ended up interviewing me). Like I said, Tufts wait-listed me but at least I got the chance to check it out to make sure that I was making the right decision in saying yes to RVC.

And that's the story of me and the RVC.


Is it September yet?


  1. Okay, this is going to seem really rude. I wanted to ask you what your GPA is so I have an idea of what RVC wants. If you don't want o answer that's completely fine. :)

  2. My undergrad GPA was a 3.45, but my science GPA was around 3.7. I know that they like a variety of experience on top of grades (mostly science, I'm guessing from my overall GPA). By the way, you should join the Student-Doctor Network if you haven't already. It's a great way to commiserate with other pre-vets that are going to/are applying to vet school.

  3. Hey, not sure if you will even see this or have a chance to reply, but, I was wondering if you have any advice or feedback about the one-to-one meeting in NYC (for acceptances without interview)... I've been looking everywhere but cannot seem to find much information about meetings or interviews for US students!

  4. To be honest, I have no idea how the one on one meetings go; I'm assuming they do it to ascertain your expectations of the program/school and probably to give you more information about everything. If you're really getting worried about it, shoot an email to admissions at RVC and they'll be able to give you a better idea (although wait until Jan. 7th, since they're all on holiday break until then).