For those of you who are applying to veterinary school there are a few things you must keep in mind as you look to begin the process.
Before you can expect your school to meet your educational needs, you must be admitted, and to gain admittance, you need to have a plan. If you are not sure where to start, try making a list of all the items pertaining to your application. It may look something like this:
Be clear: Know why you are furthering your education and what you want from your life after school. Understand the costs, logistics, and commitments involved in becoming a student.
Understand the school’s requirements: Know what each school expects from you regarding test scores, prerequisites, application components, and other essential facts. Schools will assume you know what they know, so make sure that is true. And remember, the more you know, the better you can determine your best fit with each school.
Present a professional image: Admissions committees will spend time researching you. Make sure your public profiles (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, Youtube, etc.) reflect your best self. If they don’t, clean them up before submitting your applications. Additionally, make sure your cell phone and email messages are business-world friendly instead of friend-friendly. Remove any unprofessional sights and sounds.
Mind your name: Identify yourself by one name and one name only when communicating with the school. If you use a nickname, state it on your application so that school officials know with whom they are speaking. If your name changes, for whatever reason, notify the schools and be sure they acknowledge the change.
Check your email: Once you give out your email address, check for messages every day, and when conversations speed up, every hour.
Organize your email: Create desktop folders for each school and sort your messages (sent and incoming) into the folders for future reference. And use your manners when conversing, because people remember even without email backup.
Track your progress: Keep a notebook with sections (at least a page) about each school to which you are applying. Make sure you have the key facts, names, and timelines at your fingertips. Include relevant information such as phone and email conversations, requirements that need to be met, or tasks that need completing. Track your application at VMCAS and with the school.
Visit the school: Make an appointment and visit the campus. If you arrive unannounced, school officials may interpret your failure to plan as impulsive. Additionally, you want to make sure your visit yields the most information and that the people you most want to talk with are available.