1. What did you study in college? (Or what do you want to study?)
I went to university straight from high-school, against my better judgement and mostly to keep my dad quiet. I had done far better with my final scores in Year 12 than I expected, and got into my first preference at Melbourne University – a Bachelor degree in Animal Science and Management. So I went to uni, did the uni thing, met some wonderful uni people and spent a lot of time at uni pubs. I didn’t get gripped by my degree, as a lot of my fellow students did, as it was becoming more and more clear to me over that first year that I didn’t want to be at university, I wanted to be working as a veterinary nurse (which, my career advisor at uni told me, I was not going to get anywhere near studying this degree, as BAnSciMan would mostly lead to careers in research or agricultural management). My quandary was that to be a veterinary nurse, potential employers looked kindly on a veterinary nursing qualification – however to apply to study for a veterinary nursing qualification, one must be working as a veterinary nurse. So I advised Melbourne Uni that I would like to defer my studies for a year while I had a look around at vet nurse jobs. Instead of getting a vet nurse job, I travelled a bit, and spent a good chunk of the following year working check-out and waitressing while I sent out application after application for vet nurse jobs.
I was just about to give up on vet nursing entirely when I got a call from a vet practice not 5 minutes from my parents house (where I was living at the time), offering me a job. Hand in hand with that came the offer to study while I worked. Two years later, I graduated with a Certificate in Veterinary Nursing. That was 6 years ago now, and I’m still very interested in pursuing the Diploma in Veterinary Nursing. It’s not going to fit in with my life right now, but it’s always an option.