Ever since I was old enough to understand the question “what do you want to be when you grow up?” I always said I wanted to be a veterinarian. However, as I got older I learned that achieving my dream would be a long, winding road, a road I’m only at the beginning of.
My parents raised me to understand that nothing will ever be given to you; anything and everything that you want you will have to work toward it and that once I realized that, I was already on the road to success. However nobody said paving that road would be an easy feat, there will always be roadblocks, speed bumps and detours but the important thing is to never lose sight of your goals and to not let a bump in the road slow you down.
At the age of eleven I was building scale models of my future veterinary clinic out of cardboard and white glue, this lead me to believe that I was born with an excess of ambition. For as long as I can remember I’ve always had a goal in mind and a plan for achieving it.
I always had an immense love for animals, I adored my pets and gave them pretend checkups, as a child, to make sure my furry friends were in tip top shape. I was anxious to help out on local farms and spent an entire summer volunteering at my local animal hospital. Helping out at Southern Animal Hospital was so rewarding and gave me an exciting look into the rest of my life and allowed me to set in stone that this is exactly what I want to be.
But, no matter how much I loved and cared for animals I knew that wouldn’t be enough to make me Dr. Bailey Tarrant, I needed the grades and I had to work for those grades, work very hard. I spent my high school days hunched over Calculus and Chemistry textbooks, my hands stained with highlighters, I had many sleepless nights but in the end, everything paid off. All the cups of tea, confused faces and tears led me to my high school graduation where I stood as class valedictorian.
Graduating high school was only the start of my journey toward my DVM and I soon would be off to complete my undergraduate degree at Dalhousie University. Before I was off to Nova Scotia I received a very exciting phone call that went a little something like this:
“Hi, I’m calling from Dal’s Scholarship office to offer you the Schulich Leader Scholarship valued at $60,000, congratulations Bailey, you are our Science Leader this year.”
Shut up! I mean thank you, I mean yes, thank you! *Internally screams*
I couldn’t believe it, I was a Schulich Leader! I am forever grateful for the Schulich Foundation for giving me the gift of education and bringing me one step closer to my dream school, my dream job, my dream life. I now spend my semesters in both Biology labs and milking stalls, still putting every ounce of myself into my studies while learning about some of the world’s most fantastic species. Even though I’m only at the beginning of my road to success there is nothing that can discourage me from arriving at my destination and although my eyes are on the end of the road it’s so important to enjoy the journey that brings you to it.
Bailey, Miss Teenage Newfoundland and Labrador 2017 ❤