31 January 2008


As usual, I've been lazy about updating my blog, but much has happened.

First of all, I finished another vet school interview at Kansas State University. It was pretty much a long boring drive that progressively got colder. I just got an iPod so we listened to PodCasts the entire drive. Pretty cool stuff...I have one about training dogs! Manhattan certainly wasn't as pretty as Columbia, although my opinion may be skewed because of how cold it was in Kansas. The vet school itself was standard in appearance: cynderblock and brick without to much fancy architecture. As for my interview, I don't think it went near as well as Mizzou's interview. Friends of mine who had previously interviewed told me KSU's interviews were even more relaxed than Mizzou's interviews. Well, my KSU interview was definitely knowledge based as opposed to a relaxed get-to-know you type interview. I knew most of the answers, but I'm afraid I said the kidney when I meant liver. SO if any KSU people read this... The liver plays a primary role in the breakdown of toxins, although the kidneys also play a role. For example, the cytochrome p450s that I'm studying have a role in toxin breakdown and are found in the kidneys. *sigh* Is that cause for rejection? Do the interviewers take into account the differences between interviewers? No one else I know got drilled on knowledge based stuff. Is the gene you're sequencing mitochondrial or nuclear DNA? What are the CYP450s? What organ breaks down toxins? What important equine law issue occured during last semester? What do you think about horse slaughter? (I answered this one poorly as well) What are the implications of banning horse slaughter? What the is the coggins test? What spreads equine infectious anemia? Where do Brahman cattle come from? How do you display leadership? As prevet president, have you faced conflict and how did you deal with it? What are you going to do if you don't make it? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

I just didn't get a happy feeling after this interview. I'll hear back from them within 2 weeks. Yikes

In other news, I received a letter from CSU today. r.e.j.e.c.t.e.d. I'm pretty bummed about it. My first letter from a vet school is a rejection letter. Hopefully I get accepted somewhere although I'm starting to feel a bit anxious about it. I'll just try not to stalk the mail man. -_-

18 January 2008

Back at school

Well I am officially back at school. I've finished my first week of class. So far my classes aren't covering any new material so they're pretty boring. In other news, I bought an iPod. This was probably very foolish, a waste of money, as well as selfish, but I'm really enjoying it so far. The funny part is ...the main reason I bought it was because of Podcasts...really dorky ones...like NPR shows and dog training advice. Yeah, I bought an iPod so I could listen to the news while walking to/during class. I have to say...it's pretty cool! There are so many cool Podcasts...I just love them.

One thing I wanted to tell my blog readers (if I have any) is you guys should consider adopting a soldier. I adopted one from Soldier's Angels http://soldiersangels.org. Our poor troops are out there fighting for our country (if you agree with the war or not. I personally support the soldiers, but not the war). Anyway, it's not too much trouble to adopt one: 1 letter per week, 1 package per month. You can totally do it! It doesn't take that much money ($0.41 per week + $9.00 to mail a flat rate priority mail package + however much you spend on stuff in the package which can be as simple as chips and candy or more expensive like handheld games) Anything at all makes a difference to someone...even if they don't ever respond to you, soldiers say it made a difference. So please think about it!

12 January 2008


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09 January 2008

Missouri and other adventures

Wow! Christmas break zipped by with the usual speed of events you don't want to end. We went to Florida and saw my grandpa. My life list reached over 100 in birding. I got lots of kitchen stuff for Christmas. I cleaned my room.

Most importantly, I completed my first vet school admission interview. University of Missouri was the first vet school to invite me to interview. The interview went very well and I LOVE the city of Columbia, the college, and the people there. I suppose if they offer the contract I will immediately accept. I just really loved the school. Anyway if feels good having my first interview over and done with. I hope everyone else is doing well!