So much of senior year seems to be a waiting game. The first three months (and the preceding summer) were a frantic blur of filling out applications, writing essays, interviewing, then re-writing essays to apply to vet schools (or for others med or grad schools or even jobs) and Fulbright. Then the next several months are just… waiting. Waiting for any hint, any word of how those applications were received. I sent out five vet school apps around the same time as my Fulbright application, and every time I got a newsletter email from one of those schools I at first thought it was news on my application. So few plans can be made until most of the information is in, so waiting is all we can do. I’m particularly anxious, because national decision day for vet schools is in April, and some Fulbright countries don’t even notify their chosen grantees until May. So I’m left hoping that Spain decides to notify earlier. I actually got so nervous about this I found a spreadsheet someone made online with notification dates for every Fulbright country dating back nearly fifteen years to see how Spain usually does  – the last few years they’ve notified in March, which is good news for me, as long as they stick to that pattern… But until then the waiting game continues. They dangle a carrot in January by telling you whether you passed initial application screenings (both Fulbright and most vet/med schools), then it’s two more months of the waiting game before we know anything about our (immediate) options for our futures.

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So this is the slightly awkward place where I'm supposed to describe myself in like two sentences. I am a Chemistry/Pre-Vet major aiming to become a zoo vet someday. I'm into BBC shows, fantasy novels, and staying up way too late with my roommates. I spent a summer in Italy studying organic chemistry and getting lost on the train system, and now I'm in Australia, studying instrumental chemistry and getting lost on the bus system. I guess some things never really change.

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