on-a-path asked: This might sound silly but how did you approach the places where you did your volunteer hours at for volunteering? Do I just contact them and ask if they take volunteers? Why did you choose OSU out of all the vet schools as your top choice? Im a freshmen at Chico haha if that clarifies anything my gpa for first semester wasnt so hot and that was partially because I was terrible at time management and got overwhelmed quickly.
Not silly at all! There are two ways to go about it as far as I’ve seen. If it’s a place that is set up for internships, I would just go in with a resume and ask to be considered for an internship. Give them your availability. Larger vet clinics will be used to this, and that makes it pretty simple.
Other places you’ll have to work into an internship. For example, the Kirshner Foundation would be a great place to get hours. But a ton of people want to intern there. So I would suggest starting off as a volunteer. Set a schedule with them so that they see you are reliable (although the hours you’re there probably won’t be really important to them). Then when you’ve been there for a while mention that you’re looking for an internship. You are way more likely to get one if you have a history with them.
That being said, I think it’s better to aim for internship over volunteering. Interns are insured and are therefore more likely to get to try hands on things. But do what works for you. You might have a different experience than me. So yes, you basically just ask! When in doubt, be overly professional. Dress well and have a resume/references/availability ready. Don’t say you don’t have much experience or haven’t had an internship. Just say you’re in the pre-vet program and you’re looking to expand your experience in ______.
I chose OSU because I love the program and location. It’s not the most prestigious school academically, but they have a program that fits my learning style and I think I will really enjoy going there. I would highly recommend touring the schools you’re interested in or talking with someone in admissions. Vet schools are all very different, and will offer you a different experience. You want to find the one that works for you!
You have plenty of time to get your GPA up. One “not so hot” semester won’t kill you. But do as well as you can from now on. You need to save those not so good grades for classes like Chem 370 (my personal enemy). I would not suggest graduating in 4 years. Your grades will suffer because of the course load you will have to take. I don’t think 21 units a semester with chemistry, physics, microbiology, etc is realistic. Even if it it was possible for you, you would be miserable. Save some of your “fluff” classes. I didn’t, and am now forced to take all science classes every semester. Don’t rush to finish your GE or pathway so you can take a light class each semester.
Wow I have a lot to say haha. Once again, ask whatever you want. I will give you another novel to read:)