As some of you may know (especially if you've been reading my blogs), my goal is to be back in school full-time by next fall. Before I figure out where I'm going, I need to pick a veterinary school so I can choose a 4-year that will help me out with that. As I was looking at the vet school application process, I discovered that, aside from the obvious GPA and GRE score considerations, one thing schools look at is your interest and involvement with animals, not including pet ownership (which is unfortunate, seeing as pet ownership has been quite a hobby of mine lately).
I got excited about this, since I'm volunteering at the Como Zoo and have already started this area of my future application. However, I thought why not step it up a notch? I checked out the website for the Humane Society near where I live, and they have a ton of positions open, including dog walkers and working in the surrender area, both of which would give me a good opportunity to work with and care for animals directly. There is a meeting on the 26th about this, so I'll have to wait until then to find out more, but I'm pretty excited! I'm going to pick up a copy of Cesar's Way (written by the Dog Whisperer himself) and read it before then to help with that AND seeing if there's something to be done about the levels of pestiness in my own dog (although aside from his fondness of brushing his drooly jowls on people and his general pestiness when company first arrives, he's a very good dog).
I was reading in my Psychology (of Adulthood and Aging) book today about a study that was done that found that people are more satisfied when they accomplish something without being promised a reward or being otherwise influenced by an outside party. Even though I had several setbacks throughout my college career so far, I feel ahead of the game for once and it feels good.