A Summer in Scrubs

I can’t believe that it has been almost a month since I last blogged, I am so sorry!  After finishing with the semester, I jumped right into work and veterinary school applications. There have been so many little things happening on the side too (including my sister graduating from high school)! Although I have been busy, I am loving life! I’m slowly adjusting to my crazy schedule and I have missed blogging so much. Today I’ve decided to share my experience with finding a veterinary hospital to shadow. It was not an easy process, but it has brought me so many opportunities!

One of the best things that I have ever done is volunteering at the vet hospital where I now work. During my winter break of my freshman year of college I contacted around 10 veterinary hospitals about volunteering for the summer. I received varying responses, but the most popular response was ” We are not currently accepting volunteers, but please feel free to contact us at a later time”. This initially disheartened me, but I persevered and I eventually found a place that was willing to have me volunteer for the summer. I set up a schedule and started volunteering the summer after my freshman year of college. I immediately fell in love with the hospital. It had the most beautiful facilities I had ever seen, a large staff of people who were willing to answer all my questions, and there was always something for me to do. At the end of the summer I talked to my boss about coming back to volunteer the next summer and she told me to contact her during my fall semester about scheduling and other details. What I didn’t expect is that when I called I would be offered an interview for a summer job, I was ecstatic! After the interview I received a phone call saying that I got the job!  This is now my second summer working at the hospital and I still love every second of it. I will be eternally grateful for the staff giving me this chance of a lifetime and I love being able to come back to the same place after each school year. For pre-vet students beginning college, I highly recommend building a relationship with a veterinary hospital, whether as a volunteer or as an employee, because having someone to talk to about veterinary school applications will make them much easier to fill out (and they can give you tips and write you recommendation letters)! Building a strong relationship with one hospital does not mean that you should stop contacting other veterinarians though, I still shadow other veterinarians to gain experience in other parts of the veterinary field. Being able to work with the same people summer after summer and getting to know how the hospital works has made my experience priceless and has helped me feel ready to apply to veterinary school!

I hope that you find my experience helpful and that you are able to have as amazing of an experience as I have had!

And here is a cute dog to start off your week:

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Source: Bonifant Veterinary Clinic

Stay Fabulous,

Julia

A Summer in Scrubs

Study Break

Exam week has just started and it has already been crazy! I had my first final exam yesterday and although it went well, I was already exhausted. In order to recharge, I went to bed early last night and woke up this morning feeling refreshed. I realized that I was so tired and worn out because I wasn’t allowing myself any breaks. It’s important to realize that no matter how busy you are, you must take breaks! No matter how short or how you spend them, they are important to mental sanity (and overall wellness). This morning I took the time to pick out an outfit and watch an episode of  Grace and Frankie, one of my favorite shows on Netflix!

In order to stay comfortable ,and look semi-presentable, I decided to wear my Pink Azalea monogram shirt that I got over spring break. It is super comfortable and I love the color combination. When I was picking the thread color I wasn’t sure if I would like it, but it ended up being perfect!  I paired it with dark wash skinny jeans and black sandals. I purchased these sandals last year at Payless (they were a steal!), but here are some similar ones (not as inexpensive, but still budget-friendly!).

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Stay Fabulous,

Julia

 

Study Break

OOTD: Stripes and Pink

I had my first riding lesson in 3 years yesterday and it was amazing! My new instructor is great and I remembered a lot more than I thought I would. I am very sore today, but I am very happy with my lesson!

Today I am wearing one of my favorite combos: navy blue, white, and pink. This is probably the color combo that I wear the most during the summer, and I am always looking for more pieces to add to my wardrobe!

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I’m also wearing some of my favorite bracelets from Alex and Ani! I got my Cincinnati Reds bracelet a few years back once I actually started watching baseball (and enjoying it). After my horse, Lucky, died my parents got me this four leaf clover bracelet to remind me of all my happy times with him. My favorite one though is my “Sisters Forever” bracelet that I got from my little sister (although she’s not so little anymore!). It’s probably one of the sweetest things I have ever gotten and every time I wear it, I smile and think about how lucky I am to have such sweet siblings!

 

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Stay Fabulous,

Julia

OOTD: Stripes and Pink

Midweek Update

This week has been busy, but in an amazing and exciting way! I have began volunteering at a therapeutic riding farm, been studying for my big genetics exam tonight, have picked up a minor, and am going to start riding again! I am so excited to start riding horses again because they have always been such a large part of my life, and these past two and a half years without riding have been difficult. When I am riding, all my stress floats away and I can’t help but smile. In honor of my exciting news, here is a picture of me from the old days when I first started riding (I was 4 years old):

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On a completely different note, I realized that I have not been wearing much color lately (as you can see in my outfit from today), which is very unlike me. I decided to add some color to my look by painting my nails. I used Salley Hansen’s Miracle Gel Polish in the color “Mad Women”, which you can get here. I’ve had it on for almost a week now and it hasn’t really chipped at all!

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I paired a simple T-shirt from Banana Republic (not sold anymore, but this one is similar) with dark wash skinny jeans, and flats by Christian Siriano for Payless (These are quickly becoming one of my favorite pairs of shoes. They aren’t for sale anymore, but this pair is similar).

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Stay Fabulous,

Julia

Midweek Update

Stripes and Such

Today was a busy day full of classes and meetings and I made sure to dress comfortably. With a cold front coming through, I was restricted to the few sweaters I have left in my closet after my closet change from winter to spring. I love this magenta colored sweater because it goes great with navy blue, which just so happens to make up a large percentage of my wardrobe! My tortoiseshell necklace is another statement piece that I pull out at least once a week. This navy blue and white tank top is one of many in my wardrobe, but they are all slightly different!

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Shop the look:

  1. Magenta sweater. Mine is an Anne Klein find from a few years ago, but this one is very similar.
  2. Navy Blue Striped Tank. I found mine at Walmart for $4, this one is similar and more fitted.
  3. Monogram Necklace. This one is a gift from my aunt, but this one from Etsy is also super cute!

And to make your Monday a little better, here is a picture of a cute little polar bear family!

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Stay Fabulous,

Julia

Stripes and Such

2016 Midwest Veterinary Exploration Conference

Last Saturday I traveled to Columbus to attend the 2016 Midwest Veterinary Exploration Conference. It was my first time attending and it was definitely not what I expected. I thought it was going to be a conference where veterinarians came and spoke about current research and problems in the field to their colleagues, so when I arrived and saw that a large amount of the people in attendance were high school students and their parents, I was surprised. The conference was broken up into 7 different 30 minute sessions with topics from careers in the veterinary field to veterinary school admission. Although a lot of what I heard was information I already knew, I did learn some new information about veterinary admissions and even discovered some new career options in the field.  Did you know that a veterinarian (Richard Linnehan) has been to space? The career options are endless!

I wish that I had known about this conference when I was in high school because I think it provided younger pre-vet students a lot of helpful advice on what to do to prepare for applying to vet school. Since I’m applying to vet school in May, many of the things that they talked about were things that would have been of more help to have been told a few years before. However, there was a student panel of current Ohio State veterinary students and they were very helpful in answering questions about the veterinary school application and what is expected both on the application and in the interview. Overall, this was an interesting, educational experience that I would recommend to young pre-vets (especially high school students) who are looking to enter the veterinary profession.

As far as my personal preparation for vet school applications goes, I am currently working on ideas for my personal statement, finalizing my list of schools to apply to, and impatiently waiting for the application to open!

Stay Fabulous,

Julia

2016 Midwest Veterinary Exploration Conference

Sunday Funday

This past week has been hectic and very stressful, but after 2 exams, a paper, a presentation, and 2 lab reports, I was able to spend my weekend relaxing. On Saturday I went to the Midwest Veterinary Exploration Conference (look for a post about this later this week), and on Sunday, Thomas and I spent the entire day outside! It was a great way to end such a stressful week! We started out by playing some badminton; I quickly learned that even the slightest amount of wind makes it very difficult. After about 30 minutes of hilarious fails, we decided that badminton was not our strong suit and moved on to taking a walk (and taking some selfies).

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Then we went to Orange Leaf for frozen yogurt, and it was delicious! My current favorite flavor is the York Peppermint Pattie, but it is only seasonal so I suggest trying some while they still offer it. I also found this recipe for Peppermint Patty Ice Cream, and it looks delicious!

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All in all, it was an amazing day to be outside and enjoy the warm weather!

Stay Fabulous,

Julia

Sunday Funday