Man In The Mirror

So I’m starting to work on my vet school personal statement, which means I have to 5,000 characters or less to respond to:

“Discuss briefly the development of your interest in veterinary medicine. Discuss those activities and unique experiences that have contributed to your preparation for a professional program. Discuss your understanding of the veterinary medical profession, and discuss your career goals and objectives.”

Let’s just say that I’ve been pretty contemplative the past couple days, and when I started to think about career goals and objectives, I was reminded of a poem that a friend on my NOLS trip in Australia shared with me years ago, back in 2005, called “Man In The Mirror”…

When you get what you want in your struggle for self,
And the world makes you king for a day,
Then go to the mirror and look at yourself,
And see what that man has to say.
For it isn’t a man’s father, mother or wife,
Whose judgement upon him must pass,
The fellow whose verdict counts most in life,
Is the man staring back from the glass.
He’s the fellow to please, never mind all the rest,
For he’s with you clear to the end,
And you’ve passed your most dangerous, difficult test,
If the man in the glass is your friend.
You can fool the whole world down the pathway of years,
And get pats on the back as you pass,
But the final reward will be heartache and tears,
If you’ve cheated the man in the glass.

How do I appropriately convey that the reason why I want to go to Veterinary school is that at the end of my life, when I am looking back on it, I want to be proud of the person I am?  That I want to be satisfied for the good that I’ve done in the world, and that I don’t want to “cheat” myself from a life that I could have, you know?  

Someone once told me that you have only 1 life, so you better live it well while you’re here.  How do you appropriately convey that in an essay…without sounding so cliche???  Sigh.  


2 thoughts on “Man In The Mirror

  1. This is such a great reminder to all of us of living a meaningful life – so much inspiration shared in this last posting, Christi 🙂 I hope you’re finding some clarity for your essay.

    • I think that is a wonderful quote. Unfortunately, I am not a writer but I do know what I like to read. The best I can say is to be yourself, honest, straightforward, forthright, and in a concise way. Let your wonderful personality shine through on that personal statement!

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