Most of my friends my age are either married with children or single and enjoying a lucrative career. In other words, they are all happily settled.
I, on the other hand, am spouseless with an emptying bank account. So being at the wise age of 29 and ¾, I have decided to add further upheaval to my life. I have decided to drop everything and go back to school to pursue a second career.
I am going to be a Vet.
This hasn't been an easy decision to make, believe me. But I've weighed my options, examined all the pros and cons, studied all the possible alternate routes I could take and talked to about 5,555 people. And I believe that this is the best thing I could ever do for myself.
For 8 years now, I've enjoyed a very interesting and fulfilling career in Journalism. I started out as a reporter, ventured into media training, and then started my own training company.
This means that to study Veterinary Science, I will have to give up my company, a steady income, and a comfortable and familiar life with my family and friends here. Instead, I'll be back in school with students who are guaranteed to be at least half of my great age. Plus I'll have to cope with the stress of being super-super thrifty with my pennies and adapting quickly to living well in a foreign country without my loved ones close to me.
It's all quite scary, but I believe that it'll be well worth it.
Here's what I have to do to become a Vet.
I'll have to do an 8-month Foundation course in La Trobe University (Melbourne, Australia) starting this June. This means having to struggle with all the triple science and math subjects and I'm not even sure if my old brains are in working condition anymore!
What's really pressurising is that because Vet Science is such a popular and competitive course, I'll have to score well above 90% in all my subjects, especially in Chemistry and Math. If I can survive that and successfully gain entry into the 1-year Pre-Vet course in the University of Melbourne , I'll have to struggle some more with the same triple sciences and math subjects. Not so fun, eh?
But again, if I can get through that year, that's when the fun begins. I'll be studying tougher subjects like genetics, immunology, anesthesia, parasitology, pathology, radiology, etc… but that's when I'll also begin actual wok with the animals in emergency clinics, farms, wildlife rescue centres, and animal shelters.
Chemistry and all its mind-boggling formulae
So it will be a long and tough 6 years, but it will also be stimulating and rewarding. I'm very excited about this new journey I'm about to embark on. Good things don't come easy, I know.
I am fully aware that this is a very heavy investment in terms of time and money, but I believe strongly that at the end of it all, I'll be much much happier because I'll be doing what I love for the rest of my life – helping to heal the animals and giving them the best life possible.