When I applied for the Frame My Future Scholarship, I was attending Lane Community College and hoping to fund my education at a four-year university. It’s almost strange to look back—so much can happen in four years. I transferred to Oregon State University (OSU) and was accepted into the University Honors College and the Pre-Veterinary Scholars Program. I joined a research lab working with llamas and alpacas and traveled to Ireland for a six-week veterinary internship. I finished my honors bachelor’s degree in animal science with a minor in chemistry in two-and-a-half years, successfully defending my honors thesis and graduating summa cum laude. My undergraduate years were amazing, but they pale in comparison to my veterinary education.
I was accepted into OSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) class of 2019. After completing my first year, I am ranked second in my class academically. I serve as class co-president for the class of 2019, and I founded the Camelid Medicine Club and the Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine Club. Most recently, I served as a mentor for the Summer Veterinary Experience, which is a summer camp for high school students organized by OSU’s CVM.
I drew this horse with prominent anatomical structures to show the personal and the medical levels of interaction that must coincide for successful medicine
But that’s my resume. That’s what I’ve done on paper. The experience of being here in academia, meeting amazing people, sleeping with dogs in the grass after class, and singing Disney songs with my dissection group in the anatomy lab—all that escapes description and quantification. I’ve met some of the brightest and most humorous individuals over these last few years, and every day I feel fulfilled knowing that I’m working toward my ultimate goal of practicing medicine with people who are equally passionate about their work. For me, college is really about the people, the relationships that develop with mentors, and the life experience gained through trials and tribulations and travel.
I have three more years of vet school before I complete my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, but if the next three years are anything like the last four, then I can’t wait to see where life will take me, how my perspective on the world will change, and how many more amazing people I’ll meet. I am sincerely thankful to Church Hill Classics and every scholarship donor out there for supporting students and making the pursuit of higher education possible.