When I decided I wanted to become a veterinarian, I also made the decision to do whatever it takes to make my dream come true. One way to "pave my path" to vet school is to expand my experiences so that I stand out within veterinary school applications. I chose to work at a horse ranch.
Getting there was the interesting part. With permission from my parents, I made arrangements myself with the ranch owner. We decided that I would stay at her horse ranch--in California, across the country--for two and a half weeks in exchange for me helping throughout the ranch. I had another problem: how was I going to afford a plane ticket to California?
Through saving money and the generous help of my father, I was able to purchase a round flight ticket. When I arrived in sunny California, I knew I was going to have one of the best experiences of my life.
I got to learn so much, from expanding my experience with riding to picking up on the telltale signs of a lame horse. One of my favorite experiences was learning how ultrasound is conducted with a pregnant mare. Getting to have so many experiences was not only useful, but fun. Even though I had challenges of being a teenager and financially dependent, I still made my dreams possible, and you can too.