What Kept You Motivated When Times Were Hard?

Photo by: Victoria Gonzalez

Photo by: Victoria Gonzalez

QUESTION:

With one more semester left & applications turned in, I'm having "one of those days" where I feel discouraged b/c I may have to repeat organic [chemistry] 2. What are some tips or motivational techniques that keep you going? And I know Cornell is a prestigious university, but did you ever struggle in undergrad? 


ANSWER: 

I completely relate to what you're going through right now. Actually, I decided not to apply to vet school because I hated the pre-req courses like physics and chemistry. At that time, a friend of mine began working with one of our university administrators and told him about me.  That administrator began mentoring me and pushed/challenged/encouraged me to apply to vet school, especially Cornell. So I definitely had some moments where I doubted myself. 

My advice is to make sure you keep people in your circle who have your best interests at heart. They will keep you humble and focused. Also, be honest with yourself. If you know you want to be a veterinarian, then you will be. After you've done your research and you have drawn out all the steps, take them on one at a time. Trust the process. I use this method all the time and it helps to relieve stress and anxiety about what is down the road. I hope this helps. As I proofread this, I realize some of the content might seem cliche but it proved true for me.  

- (future) Dr. G