10 Reasons Why I Want To Be A Vet

10 Reasons Why I Want To Be A Vet

So. Many. Animal. Puns.

There are so many reasons that go into my decision to put myself through years and years of schooling, that ultimately is harder than medical school, and paying off those hundreds of thousands of dollars of student loans. Even if that reason is me hanging out with the dog at a party, instead of the people there. I can't imagine my life without animals in it, I can't picture a future without seeing and helping animals every single day. I find myself being so much more passionate towards animals over people, thats why I don't want to be a doctor. I already crave every second in the clinic, the field, or the nature preserve and I know I wouldn't feel that for a hospital or medical office. I have had this dream for as long as I can remember and I'm going to give it my all. Heres why:

1. I'm giving a voice to those who don't have one.

Animals can't tell us what they are thinking, feeling, or hurting. I will not only problem solve, but learn so much more about communication between animals and people. I want to help those who can't help themselves. I want to give a voice to the voiceless.

2. I'm saving lives-even if its one at a time.

It might not be a life-altering surgery every day of my life, but if I can do just one thing to help an animal I'll count it as a great day. I love watching those transformation videos because it is that dogs whole world, even if he's just one dog in this world.

3. I think we have so much to learn from animals.

Animals love unconditionally. Animals live freely. Animals will always give you their all to make you happy. We need more people like this in the world, who are just so in love with life and living, that they can only pass it on to others.

4. I'm making a difference in the lives of animals--and people.

Saving animals is going to be amazing, but theres other lives changing in the process as well. I am taking care of people's dogs who they consider family members, Christmas gifts from parents to child, and surprises from spouses that were given. I am helping people help their pets and seeing their faces will be purely priceless.

5. I get to wear scrubs.

I am all for dressing business casual and looking formal for important dates-but when it comes to my everyday attire I can't wait to wear scrubs. I am excited to be comfortable and get to buy cute doggie scrubs.

6. I'll be doing more than surgeries, vaccines, and check ups.

Vets do so much more than the daily routines of shots and temperature checks. They give back to the community by taking in animals, turning their lives around, with their own time and effort, and not expecting a paycheck for it. They do it because they love it, not for a salary.

7. I want to live my childhood dream job.

There will be personal satisfaction in the fact that I grew up into exactly what I wanted to be. I will be working the job I had always imagined for myself. I'm going to be one of those people who end up following their childhood dream job and its going to be great.

8. Its a challenge.

There is a definite challenge in getting through and to vet school itself. Beyond that, there will be days that I want to cry, as I have to put a dog down, and I have to be strong for the family. There will be days when there was nothing else I could do and I have to let an animal go. There will be days that I am hopeless on being able to help, but I will try my best anyway.

9. Everyday is different.

I'm not behind a desk or a register every single day. Some days I might be in a clinic, in the field, or in another country helping sanctuaries. I want to work with zoo animals or marine biology (at least before settling down into a clinic), and to do that I might get the opportunity to travel the world and that is beyond exciting. I never know whats going to walk through the door and into my life.

10. I'm my own boss.

Being a veterinarian means being my own boss. I can make my hours, my schedule, and my appointments at a clinic. I can open my own practice and have a lot of freedom in my choices and job. I find that being a female in a position of power is something to aspire to be.

Being a veterinarian is, to me, so much more than a job--its a career, its a lifestyle choice, and its my passion. Even if the road is long and winding, I want to finish what I started. I want to be able to say that I did it and I am making a difference, at least for myself and the animals. I want to be a veterinarian to show myself that I can do anything I put my mind to and that I didn't give up. I'm doing this for them, ultimately, to give them a voice, and to give them the love they deserve.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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You Don't Have To See Your Friends Every Day

We all have lives that we're trying to balance.


For as long as I can remember, whenever I would have no plans and go on Snapchat to see all my friends having fun without me, I would get FOMO. I'd get really sad and think that they didn't care about me because they didn't invite me. It would get me in such a bad mood that it would ruin any chance of going out with someone else who wanted to hang out.

I don't know if it was just my anxiety of people hating me or if it was a fear of missing out (FOMO). Even recently, it has gotten me down. However, over the past month or so, I finally realized something: you don't have to hang out every day to still consider each other friends.

Everyone has a life that they're trying to balance, especially after high school. People work (maybe even more than one job) and go to school. Some have to take care of family members or do things for their family. Some people are focusing on themselves. Some have relationships to maintain. Whatever it is, we all have lives that we're trying to balance.

We all want to have fun, but school, work, and our families are the priorities.

Even if they're out hanging with other people, it doesn't mean that they don't want to hang out with you. Free time is served on a "first come, first serve" basis. It's hard to balance hanging out with multiple people.

I also learned that it doesn't matter the number of friends you have. What truly matters is the quality. Ask yourself, "Who's there for me when I really need someone?" The people who are there for you when you really need someone to talk to are your TRUE friends.

It's not easy to be there for someone and make them feel better. If they offer to listen or give advice, they care!

I know that it may feel like you have no friends sometimes, but that's not true. Life after high school is hard at times. You're an adult. You have to do adult things and take care of yourself first.

You have to realize that everyone has a busy schedule and not all your friends' schedules will align with yours, but that's okay! You don't need to hang out with friends every day to consider them your friends. What truly matters is if they are there for you when you need them.

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