I studied biology, chemistry, psychology and economics at A level and I knew I wanted to be a vet when I first applied for sixth form. Everyone seems to think that you need maths or physics to study veterinary science but that is wrong! Universities don't mind what your third subject choice is as long as you have biology and chemistry and you get at least A’s in each subject. Although I am now at the University of Bristol studying to be a vet, I had an ‘interesting’ journey getting here!
When I originally applied to universities during Year 13, I only got one offer of an interview, which was at Bristol. They use a scoring system for students that are interviewed and you need a score of 75 to be made an offer – I scored 73, which was a bit of a killer! I didn’t get an interview at Nottingham, Liverpool told me that I didn’t have enough varied work experience and Edinburgh informed me that they only accept a limited number of English students, which I didn’t know when I first applied.
I was being rejected despite having A grades in my AS exams. From the feedback from the interview at Bristol, I think they thought that I wasn't ready first time round but they did write on the feedback that I should apply again next year which was positive. Also, I think during the first time applying I was in the mind set that I had the grades and the number of hours work experience they wanted so assumed I would get in, but you need much more than that.
Receiving four rejections really was the worst felling. It made it harder that all my friends were getting offers from everywhere and I was the only one getting all rejections. I did get an offer from Nottingham to do any other science course that I wanted instead of veterinary medicine, but I turned the offer down. I decided straight away I would apply again. I did have fleeting thoughts about doing biochemistry or neuroanatomy but it wasn't what I really wanted to do. Instead, I decided to take a gap year and obtain even more work experience to improve my application the next year.