Time is of the Essence

Time. I thought I had a world of it, but it is as fleeting as a butterfly.

I graduated in May with a degree in Accounting and a job with one of the largest accounting firms in the world lined up for Fall of 2012. I did not want it. My education and experience working in the field made me discontent with this career path. At this point I had two options. The first: I could do a year long MBA program which would be very useful if I decided to stick to accounting or divert into a different area of business. Or, I could revert back to my original path from when I started college and try to go to vet school.

The path to vet school did not seem impossible. I had an entire year to achieve high marks in all the required classes and I also had time to work part-time in a vet office. Plus, how hard could organic chemistry possibly be? I would spend the next year taking the classes, apply to vet school, and provided I was accepted, postpone admission to work for one to three years to save up some money and get my CPA.

I spent the summer taking Chemistry I and II. In vain I tried animal hospital after animal hospital for some part-time work. They either had specific shifts that did not line up with my class schedule or only had need for full-time employees. I began the fall semester taking organic chemistry I, physics I and biology I. I am currently failing organic chemistry; however, despite the fact that I am failing, I am failing much better than the rest of the class. Class average on the last test was a 30 and I scored a 48. Nothing to be proud of, but when an entire class is doing that awful, it reflects more on the professor.

Now it is time to figure out my plan for spring semester. I had previously thought I would forgo all the accounting things and just focus on pre-vet courses. That may be changing. For the CPA, I need to take an accounting ethics and an accounting research course. I also need to do a CPA review course in order to pass the tests for licensing. For vet school I still need the following courses: genetics, microbiology, biochemistry, organic chemistry II, physics II and I believe I need one more biology elective.

It is nearly impossible to do all this in between spring and summer semesters. I have to choose. Why are choices so hard?

I am caught between something I’ve wanting to do since I was a little girl and something that I do not truly enjoy but can provide me with a safety net and excellent experience in a down economy.

The veterinarian industry has changed. Between corporations buying up vet offices and many vet practices being owned by multiple vets, the money just is not there anymore. I know, I know, it is not all about the money. But when you are facing a $250,000 loan just to cover the cost of vet school, there has to be some guarantee that the income generated from such an investment will be worthwhile. Plus, I am currently running out of cash to continue to pay for the undergraduate courses required.

What is currently occupying my mind is the state of our government, of our economy, of the world’s economy. Things are in rough shape. Most of the people I graduated with do not have jobs. They are trying to get by doing part-time or temporary jobs while applying nonstop. How dare I take for granted an excellent work opportunity in Manhattan while people are struggling?

What it has come down to is the safe way or the risky expensive, but potentially more enjoyable way?

I am leaning towards safe. While it is still not official. I am leaning towards completing my requirements for the CPA next semester and maybe throwing in one science course. Then I will try to do as many science courses in the summer as possible. I start work in the fall, but I might be able to do a Saturday class. Hopefully this will be enough to complete the vet requirements so that I can apply. If not, then so be it. Classes are good for 10 years. I can take a leave of absence at some point to complete any remaining classes.

People work because they have to. Very few love their jobs. Most are content with it because it gives them the money they need to feed their families and do something fun every once in a while. Maybe it is time for me to accept that.

2 thoughts on “Time is of the Essence

  1. Interesting post. I’ve heard vets give more vaccines to animals than are truly necessary to make up for the huge amount of money it takes to become a vet. I often wondered if that was true, but with a $250,000 loan due it wouldn’t surprise me. Also made me think of a recently release DVD called Thrive. Have you seen it? I saw it at http://www.ThriveMovement.com Very eye-opening.

    Good luck with your decisions. May they all come from love.

    • Thank you very much for recommending Thrive. Checking out the site now.

      With the vaccines, many vet offices are doing that because it is a way to make money, plus the pharmaceutical companies are pushing it. I can imagine that also ties into paying off loans. Also, I mentioned corporations buying up vet offices. VetCor is one of these corporations. They push vets to issue vaccines every 6 months rather than every year. They have also been pushing blood work every 6 months as well which is totally unnecessary.

      Thank you for the comment and the good luck wishes!

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