I’m currently a sophomore in college and have only a 3.0. I work full time as a veterinary technician but have a constant battle in my mind if I have what it takes to be a veterinarian. I want nothing more in my life but I know that my GPA is no where even close to good enough. I think all the time if it’s too late or if I step up my game and raise my GPA I can have a chance in getting into vet school. I have all my tough courses ahead of me such as organic chemistry and physics but I know if I set my mind to it, I can really do it. I don’t receive any support from my family and I’m close to financially independent which is why I work full time. My plate is very full and I feel like it is really hurting my dreams. Obtaining a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences is easy to me, its obtaining a bachelor in biology with a 4.0 that haunts me. I am, like you, a resident of California so getting into Davis or Western would be a dream to me. As someone who has been very successful in obtaining their dream, what would you recommend for someone like me? I get depressed constantly when I think that I might not be a veterinarian all due to my GPA.
Hi MJ —
First of all, I know that taking the chance at a dream such as becoming a veterinarian is a time consuming and costly endeavor. However, I also know that it is incredibly fulfilling and I gather you will not be satisfied until you know you’ve given it your best shot! That being said, do not let the fear of a not-so-stellar GPA be the sole deterrent for you! I know enough people who got into vet school with lower GPAs than you to say it’s not impossible. To make things even better, you have a lot of experience and I anticipate you’ll also have a great story since you’re not the typical applicant that the admissions committees see.
Definitely keep trudging through college. Do not worry about majoring in biology or any other science. Major in something you enjoy, it can be completely unrelated! See my post on deciding what to major in: http://www.lifeinvetschool.com/2009/06/08/decidingmajor/
Do your best and let your passion for the career that lies ahead of you motivate you to achieve the best grade possible! And don’t forget, that when it comes to applying to vet school, to explain your situation in the “explanation section” of the application. I would tell schools that you worked full-time throughout college to support yourself and your grades may have suffered as a result, but you are confident that in vet school, when you are not working full time, that you will be able to focus on your studies completely and your grades will improve.
Good luck and please let me know if there is anything else I can help you with!
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