What do you do if you have found this blog after you have submitted your application materials, or after you did an interview, or after you scheduled your clinical year? You read some of the advice and realize, “Uh oh, I didn’t do that.” Well, now what? Fortunately, all is not lost.
First, realize that the information on this blog is just one person’s opinion. I have a lot of experience, but different people look for different things. If you read some piece of advice and think, “Dang, I didn’t do that, everyone will think I’m terrible!” The truth is, they won’t. There are many people in this world and they all prefer different characteristics in mentees, students, future colleagues, etc. Don’t beat yourself up because you didn’t do something you read on here. It’s very likely the people you are interacting with value things other than what I value.
Second, it’s in the past, so it’s beyond your circle of control. If you’ve already scheduled your senior year and you won’t have essential specialties before the VIRMP applications are due, there isn’t a lot to be done about it. Your schedule is set. So don’t stress about it. It is what it is, make the best of it.
Finally, take whatever advice you CAN apply now and start to do so! If you feel you didn’t do well on an interview , work on improving for the next time. If you messed up your schedule, try to do the best you can with what you have. There are very few things you can do in your veterinary progression which are fatal flaws. Almost anything can be dealt with. Find the advice which can work for you, adapt it for yourself, and apply it for next time.