Finding the Right Niche

Scholarship Entrant: Nicole from Encinitas, CA
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Nicole: 13021

As my truck rattles down the dirt driveway my haven appears to my left. The light scent of hay, shavings, dust and livestock hits my nostrils as my eyes take in the silhouettes of equine bodies in the distance, and I know I’m home.
For years horses have been my passion, and the addiction of their presence has only become stronger. It took me many years to realize my desire to combine my love for animals with the higher level of education that I craved, but eventually it finally hit me that while caring for others was something I enjoyed, it wasn’t humans that I felt I needed to be around, but horses.
Becoming a veterinarian is a long road, but it is one that I’m more than happy to walk down if it means that I can deepen my understanding of horses while still allowing myself to broaden my knowledge continuously. I plan to contribute to as much research as possible in animal pathology and conformation in hopes to improve agricultural life and possibly apply new discoveries to human medicine as well. I hope to begin conducting research as an undergraduate, as learning the ropes early on will be essential. I’ll continue increasing my horsemanship skills in aspiration of not just becoming a good veterinarian, but one who really understands the horse’s perspective. It may take time to achieve my goals, but it is where I believe I truly belong and will contribute to the world around me best.

Vote for Nicole: 13021

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