Goal essay- Comp 2.docx - Running head Time 1 One Step at a Time Kendal Miletich Lake Superior College ONE STEP AT A TIME 2 One Step at a Time There are

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Running head: Time 1 One Step at a Time Kendal Miletich Lake Superior College
ONE STEP AT A TIME 2 One Step at a Time There are approximately thirty veterinarian schools in the United States. This means that getting into one is extremely competitive. According to the University of Minnesota Student Statistics, in the 2018-2019 school year at the University of Minnesota, there were 865 students who applied for the veterinarian program, only 105 of those applicants were accepted into the program, (Student Statistics, 2018). This is a small twelve percent of people who actually got to attend the veterinarian program. My goal is to get accepted into the veterinarian program at the U of M. I will be evaluating this goal in terms of the barriers that stand of the way of my goal, how I plan on overcoming my barriers, and a step-by-step plan on how to achieve my goal. This will be the longest goal I have set for myself since I first have to obtain a bachelor’s degree in either chemistry, zoology, biology, or animal science in the pre-veterinarian program at the University of Minnesota-Morris. Lynn O’Shaughnessy with Cappex states that the four-year graduation rate for public college students and universities is 33.3% (O’Shaughnessy, N.D.). In regard to the percentage of students who obtaining a bachelor’s degree, I am not too worried for my ability to achieve this. To begin, many people tend to set goals and fail to achieve them based on a variety of things. The biggest thing that prohibits accomplishing a goal is the barriers that people face. For me, I have about three barriers that stand out the most in my goal of getting into the U of M vet school. The first of my barriers is financing my schooling. A lot of people stress about money their whole lives, such as paying bills, spending on necessities like food and clothing, and something that sticks out to me the most, student debt. When I was young, my parents set up a savings account where they would put money I got from birthdays and other things. Then I got my first job, and I could finally start building up my account. Around two years ago, I realized
ONE STEP AT A TIME 3 how expensive college would be. Especially since I will be going to not just four years but eight years of a higher education. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, “The average for only those 2016 veterinary school graduates with debt is $167,534.89 and over 20% has at least $200,000 in debt,” (“Financing Your Veterinary Medical Education,” N.D.). Right when I saw these numbers, I instantly got scared. I’m afraid that after college, I will have to be scraping by with covering living expenses for many years. Another barrier I will face is being focused during my first four years at college. All throughout high school, I found myself being easily distracted while doing schoolwork. I always thought that high school was a little bit difficult to me, but I never really thought about the hardships of college. Although there aren’t classes every day, they are usually a lot harder. I will most likely encounter more barriers

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