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    (Original post by Joe87)
    Im sorry, but you cant have taken anything we have said on board. Please, for your own sake dont do that, its asking for trouble. I hope others can explain why if you cant figure it out yourself because I am truly tired of this now
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    Yes yes I know. I need to decide on one thing and keep to it...I need to be 100% serious about Vet Med to do it...

    But I need to keep my options open; can't you understand that? I am seriously 50/50, but that doesn't mean that if I ended up being a vet, I wouldn't be a good one.

    And I don't know if you realise, but there's only ONE Vet option going for me; the gateway course at Nottingham. There is no other. Now can you understand why I'll only apply to one vet-related course and others something different? It's my ONLY option. I had to clear that up.
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    If you wanted to be a Vet that much you would apply this year, do retakes, take an extra year and do whatever it took. I would say save yourself the hassle and leave veterinary out of it, i couldnt imagine a languages/veterinary personal statement and i dont think it would get you onto the gateway course in which the competition is just as fierce, if not fiercer than normal Veterinary. Clearly im no admissions officer but I think it nearly speaks for itself
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    (Original post by Joe87)
    If you wanted to be a Vet that much you would apply this year, do retakes, take an extra year and do whatever it took. I would say save yourself the hassle and leave veterinary out of it, i couldnt imagine a languages/veterinary personal statement and i dont think it would get you onto the gateway course in which the competition is just as fierce, if not fiercer than normal Veterinary. Clearly im no admissions officer but I think it nearly speaks for itself
    Okay seriously, you really have no write to say stuff like that...

    I mean, you don't understand my situation. For one thing, I AM going to do re-takes. And also, for the 6 year course at Notts, they understand that applicants will most likely be leaving their options open and apply to different courses, and they STATE that they accept a separate personal statement.

    And yes, maybe my chances are slim, but the fact that I'm APPLYING certainly speaks for itself. Despite everything, if I'm determined to go for it and do what I've always wanted to do, then that shows commitment.

    There are many others out there in the same position as me. I'm not an idiot who's just suddenly thought 'Ooh, I want to be a vet actually.' For most of my life that's what I've wanted to do. There's been a few idea changes along the way sure, but I've come back to it eventually.

    At the end of the day, it's up to me. I'm not going to scrap the idea just because you don't feel my chances are big.
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    (Original post by Joe87)
    If you wanted to be a Vet that much you would apply this year, do retakes, take an extra year and do whatever it took. I would say save yourself the hassle and leave veterinary out of it, i couldnt imagine a languages/veterinary personal statement and i dont think it would get you onto the gateway course in which the competition is just as fierce, if not fiercer than normal Veterinary. Clearly im no admissions officer but I think it nearly speaks for itself
    But that's exactly what the Nottingham 6-year course is for - people with a different specialism to the normal Biology/Chemistry. Obviously they won't necessarily have been vet-vet-vet since they could walk.

    Just because someone hasn't done it YOUR way, it doesn't mean it's the WRONG way. Vets are meant to be a bit more open-minded than that.
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    (Original post by C_E_L_Bell)
    But that's exactly what the Nottingham 6-year course is for - people with a different specialism to the normal Biology/Chemistry. Obviously they won't necessarily have been vet-vet-vet since they could walk.

    Just because someone hasn't done it YOUR way, it doesn't mean it's the WRONG way. Vets are meant to be a bit more open-minded than that.
    And you're certainly a good example; you've got onto the course and are just as excited about it as an 18 year old doing it the 'normal way' who's wanted to be a vet since they were 3 years old, even though you may never have wanted to be a vet all your life.
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    Are you sure about that?

    To be considered for admission to the Certificate, applicants must be able to show special circumstances. These include:

    * Being a first generation entrant to Higher Education
    * Being eligible to receive the Education Maintenance Award (EMA) or equivalent, or (if over 18) being in receipt of a means-tested benefit
    * Family, cultural or financial reasons for needing to study in Lincolnshire or Nottinghamshire
    * Attending a school or college without a strong tradition of progression to Higher Education

    As far as I understand its intended for those who are at a disadvantagedue due to circumstances, NOT because they cant make up their mind what they want to study.
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    Just dont do a PhD and then decide you want to be a vet like I did, cos you'll be old and poor! Good luck!
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    (Original post by Joe87)
    Are you sure about that?

    To be considered for admission to the Certificate, applicants must be able to show special circumstances. These include:

    * Being a first generation entrant to Higher Education
    * Being eligible to receive the Education Maintenance Award (EMA) or equivalent, or (if over 18) being in receipt of a means-tested benefit
    * Family, cultural or financial reasons for needing to study in Lincolnshire or Nottinghamshire
    * Attending a school or college without a strong tradition of progression to Higher Education

    As far as I understand its intended for those who are at a disadvantagedue due to circumstances, NOT because they cant make up their mind what they want to study.
    That doesn't apply to the 6 year course at Nottingham. Those circumstances are for the gateway courses at RVC and Liverpool.

    And you make 'unable to make your mind up' seem inferior or something. Do you realise how many people get confused over career ideas etc? Geez. Not everyone's as fortunate as you in that they know exactly what they want to do in life.
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    Im sorry, but its ridiculous to think that because you cant decide on a course you can take an easy route though the gateway. It just plain pisses me off.
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    (Original post by city_chic)
    That doesn't apply to the 6 year course at Nottingham. Those circumstances are for the gateway courses at RVC and Liverpool.

    Ahh, ok my bad. *Hangs head in shame* I was assuming you were going for the gateway program for some reason.
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    EDIT: Nevermind, it was clarified
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    (Original post by Joe87)
    Are you sure about that?

    To be considered for admission to the Certificate, applicants must be able to show special circumstances. These include:

    * Being a first generation entrant to Higher Education
    * Being eligible to receive the Education Maintenance Award (EMA) or equivalent, or (if over 18) being in receipt of a means-tested benefit
    * Family, cultural or financial reasons for needing to study in Lincolnshire or Nottinghamshire
    * Attending a school or college without a strong tradition of progression to Higher Education

    As far as I understand its intended for those who are at a disadvantagedue due to circumstances, NOT because they cant make up their mind what they want to study.
    The Nottingham 6-year course (typical offer AAB or 2:1) and the Lincoln/Nottingham 1-year Gateway certificate (typical offer CCC) are two completely different things. Different cities, campuses, course length, academic requirements. We're talking about the former.
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    Ok so we'll take it to bits. What is it that makes you want to do languages? What career would you get out of it that could be better than being a vet? Because even if the science bothers you in the end its about wanting the career at the end of it not about the lectures or the university experience which goes very very fast!
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    (Original post by Joe87)
    Im sorry, but its ridiculous to think that because you cant decide on a course you can take an easy route though the gateway. It just plain pisses me off.
    Um, "easy route?" Doing an extra year where others just do five? I wouldn't exactly call it an easy option or anything, mate.
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    (Original post by pharmgirl)
    Ok so we'll take it to bits. What is it that makes you want to do languages? What career would you get out of it that could be better than being a vet? Because even if the science bothers you in the end its about wanting the career at the end of it not about the lectures or the university experience which goes very very fast!
    You see, this is the whole point. I can't imagine myself being satisfied in a career that could possibly come out of a languages degree. I'd rather work my ass off for 6 whole years and end up in a throughly enjoyable career than breeze my way through a languages degree and end up doing something boring to me, like marketing or, shudder, teaching.
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    Okay, Sorry if I offended you there.

    Alot of people have worked sodding hard to make sure they have every chance to get onto the veterinary course. I understand that the 6 year course with preliminary year is for people who perhaps didnt know they wanted to do vet med at the start of their a-levels.

    Knowing how hard people have worked to try and get on the Vet courses, for someone who cant make up their mind and still have a chance of getting on really infuriates me, its just not right.
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    (Original post by city_chic)
    You see, this is the whole point. I can't imagine myself being satisfied in a career that could possibly come out of a languages degree. I'd rather work my ass off for 6 whole years and end up in a throughly enjoyable career than breeze my way through a languages degree and end up doing something boring to me, like marketing or, shudder, teaching.

    So you are sort of answering your own question. Having done the uni thing a few times (this will be my 4th degree, wtf?, but dont tell anybody heh heh) I know that the first time you go to uni it feels like its an irreversible decision and that uni will last forever. You can scarcely look beyond Freshers week never mind past graduation. I have a feeling that you are decided about being a vet but do not have sufficient confidence that you can get through the course yet.
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    (Original post by Joe87)
    Okay, Sorry if I offended you there.

    Alot of people have worked sodding hard to make sure they have every chance to get onto the veterinary course. I understand that the 6 year course with preliminary year is for people who perhaps didnt know they wanted to do vet med at the start of their a-levels.

    Knowing how hard people have worked to try and get on the Vet courses, for someone who cant make up their mind and still have a chance of getting on really infuriates me, its just not right.
    You didn't offend me, just annoyed me

    And in answer to the last part: life's not fair.
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    (Original post by city_chic)
    You see, this is the whole point. I can't imagine myself being satisfied in a career that could possibly come out of a languages degree. I'd rather work my ass off for 6 whole years and end up in a throughly enjoyable career than breeze my way through a languages degree and end up doing something boring to me, like marketing or, shudder, teaching.
    That sounds like an easy option.
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    (Original post by pharmgirl)
    So you are sort of answering your own question. Having done the uni thing a few times (this will be my 4th degree, wtf?, but dont tell anybody heh heh) I know that the first time you go to uni it feels like its an irreversible decision and that uni will last forever. You can scarcely look beyond Freshers week never mind past graduation. I have a feeling that you are decided about being a vet but do not have sufficient confidence that you can get through the course yet.
    Yeah, I guess you're right...
 
 
 
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