10 Tips For The Freshmen Pre-Vet Majors

10 Tips For The Freshmen Pre-Vet Majors

Its a tough world out there, don't let it get to you.
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Being a pre-vet major is well...not the easiest thing in the world. Now, I'm not saying other majors aren't hard, but pre-vet takes all the hardest science and math classes and says "Here! Good luck with that!" You can't just "memorize" you're way through biology like middle school, you can't just "fake" your way through chemistry, and you can't just "bullsh*t" through homework like you did with high school English. Oh what I would give to want to do something else with my life (but I know it'll all be worth it one day!). But here's to us, the pre-vet majors of the world, who are used to getting the short end of every stick.

1. Start early

Please think about being a veterinarian long before you attend college, it will make your life so much easier. I strongly recommend getting a few hundred volunteer hours in at a vet clinic or otherwise animal-related place (since you need 2000 to apply to vet school!) and it will take a long time to get those to add up. Consider somewhere that you can come back to over breaks and for summer.

2. Thicken your course load

Do not take "blow off" classes in high school. You want to take as many AP classes as possible to prepare yourself for college. I took five AP classes my senior year (four of them were science or math-related), and although I had a lot more work than some of my friends, its paying off in these college classes. My first semester of college even felt easier than high school.

3. Watch how many labs you are taking

In my experience, labs are the worst. They are three hours long and require hours of outside-the-classroom work. Prepare yourself each semester and know what you are up against. Try not taking more than two per semester, you will become overwhelmed.

4. Do not schedule labs on nights that you have tests

Most of my tests for my science and math classes have tests at night, so all the sections come together to take it at once. I promise you you will not want to have a lab on the same day you have an exam, it takes away from study time and leaves you exhausted. Keep that in mind when registering for next semesters classes.

5. Get all types of animal experience

Vet clinic. Goat farm. Horse farm. Humane society. Another vet hospital. These are few of the vet-clinic and non-vet-clinic experiences I have been lucky enough to have over the past few years. In this year alone, I've had four different internships/jobs and it has really opened my eyes to what I want for my future. This week I officially decided to do large animals and that I plan to not work in a vet hospital. Its eyeopening, but don't expect to get a paycheck.

6. Meet with your advisors once a semester

I cannot tell you how important this is. Depending on your majors, minors, and other factors, you could have any number of advisors. I meet with three of mine each semester to look at how I am doing, what my future may look like, and any concerns I may have. They will keep you on the right track and make sure you will be able to graduate on time (which is pretty important!).

7. Make a plan

Know what you are up against when you decide your major and your pre-vet route. Every person will do it differently, but its a personal decision so make sure it is what you want. Have a four-year plan written down to help you in registering for future classes as well as see what you still do and don't need for your Bachelors degree. Your advisors can and should help you with this so don't try to do it all alone.

8. Have a backup plan

For the longest time I struggled on deciding between English and Biology major. Why? As a pre-vet student, there is no specific major. I could do International Social Work, Business, or Women's Studies, it doesn't matter as long as you complete your prerequisites. You need to prepare for the fact that you might not get into vet school and need to make your decision based on your back-up job. For me, that is a wildlife biologist or writer. But, biology covered many many more of my required courses for veterinarian school than an English major did, so I'm trying to look out for myself in as many ways as possible if I really want to be a vet.

9. Do extracurriculars and take fun classes

With all the science and math classes taking up most of your time and energy, throw in a few "fun" or elective classes once a year. It will get your mind thinking in a different way and may even be interesting to you. I had my gen. eds. done my first year thanks to all those AP classes, so I have a little more room to spread out the rest of my schedule when it comes to challenging classes and making sure I get a few art or writing classes in there as well.

And be sure to get involved in other ways around campus; Pre-Vet Club, Outdoor Club, Alpha Phi Omega co-ed service fraternity, writing for Mogul and the Odyssey, as well as keeping up with hobbies like running, photography, and sketching, are just some of my resume builders.

(Beyond that, consider working through college at a vet clinic or dairy goat farm, whatever you thinks interests you. You'll get paid in experience, but that experience pays off.)

10. Give yourself a break every now and then

Just to put in a little perspective for you, my chemistry department is on probation and for my first exam tonight the class average is a 66.5% from the previous semesters. Welcome to my world and what I am set up for. Its stressful, its challenging, and sometimes you are ready to give up. So give yourself a break every now and then, and do something for you, to get your mind off of school, and to enjoy yourself. I promise you, you will get through it and you can succeed. Go pre-vet and you''ll go far!

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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What To Do When You’re Lacking Inspiration

Honestly, I have been in a rut. I have no idea what I want to do in life. I have been lacking creative ideas. So, I decided to try different methods to pull me out of this headspace.

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It happens. Life comes at you so fast; it seems like it can only move up and then you stagnate. You get stuck, unable to pull yourself out of a cloud that seemingly engulfs you. It is okay. It is okay to be lost. It is okay to sit back and reflect. It is okay to be sad. But in these moments where you lack any type of inspiration or motivation, what do you do? I used two different methods in an attempt to pull myself back up.

1. Yoga

I became interested in the practice of yoga during my junior year of high school when the world seemed to just stop spinning. Things were not going well for me, so I decided to channel my anxiety into the practice of calm stretching. I started a yoga club in high school, and from there, found videos online to continue a free and relaxing practice. Yoga is a method to re-center and re-focus your values and recognize your place on this Earth. It can be hard when everything is so loud but doing just 15 minutes of yoga every morning is a reminder that you have a place and you are significant. You deserve to take time for yourself and quietly be, and the video above reminds me of that. I do this video every single morning before I leave my dorm room for the day. It allows me to refocus on myself and improves my mood.
This channel, Boho Beautiful, has allowed me to channel my stress into the calming practices of yoga and meditation. If I want a more rigorous workout, she has plenty of those too. By doing yoga, I found a passion and an interest. With this passion, I am reminded of my importance on this planet and that we all can do something to better ourselves.

2. Reconnect with yourself

Take a day to treat yourself. Treating yourself does not always entail indulging in your favorite foods or spa day. It can also entail simply just taking a few moments to breathe, be by yourself and just be. I have found that in LA it is very easy to get caught up in the fast-paced society, always searching for something better. However, oftentimes if you sit and reflect you will realize that you are exactly where you should be and are probably doing a lot more than you think. By reflecting I realized that I have been caught up in the mindset of "I can do better" or "I can do more". But, again, you are exactly where you should be. Slow down. Appreciate you.

While it is very easy to get caught up in the neverending cycle of social, economic, or status climbing in LA, remember that everyone has times when they lose motivation. We all have rock bottoms where it seems like nothing could get worst. But with this rock bottom remember. It truly is only up from there. To find your inspiration again, try something new. Like yoga, you may have a passion that reminds you why you are here. Remember to treat yourself. Sit. It is okay to do nothing every once in a while to ensure you are taking the best care of yourself as possible. Just sit. Be. Let the motion continue around you. And remember, it is okay to not always be a part of that movement.

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