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?