Lessons from those before you, DVM Networking and the Summer CORE Program 2020 - Daniel Lindo
Hello, my name is Daniel and I am a Zoology Major going into my 4th year here at the University of Guelph. Over the course of the Summer CORE programme I have been attending open houses and talks with amazing researchers but I somehow could not see myself writing about any of them. There have been 3 sessions however that have been extremely enjoyable and amazing learning opportunities, the 3 networking sessions with DVMs. These events have been amazing for me as I love to speak with people who have experienced the things that I would like to experience in the future.
The 3rd DVM networking session was a lot more relateable in my eyes because there were a lot of grad students doing PhD work, which is something I have been getting more and more interested in in the past year. The speaker which I related to the most is Andrew Poon, a 2nd year DVM student who is also doing his PhD at the same time.
In his talk he mentioned that his Undergraduate years did not really go as planned so he applied for a msters programme instead. This resonated with me a lot because since coming to the University, things have gone a bit sideways and I have found it very difficult to get back up after falling so many times and I always thought that a masters programme meant that I would be blocked from vet school after that. This was extremely encouraging to hear as this summer I have all but lost hope in my vet school dream.
Another thing that he mentioned was that we needed to be open to trying new things and finding the self motivation to get to try those new things. Hearing this has (for lack of a better word) fired me up, in a way I have not felt in a long time, and having rekindled my motivation after losing a lot of it in the past year. Thanks to him I am extremely hopeful for the future and I am ready to make the most of it.