Following graduation from veterinary school, Park hopes to work with small animals. "I've always loved pets and being around animals. This is something I've always wanted to do."
Park came to Cal State Fullerton after receiving her degree in psychology from UC Berkeley. Her goal was to become a veterinarian, and she wanted to complete the science prerequisites and certification that would satisfy the requirements for enrollment to a veterinary college. She was accepted to seven veterinary schools and ended up enrolling in UC Davis' Class of 2015.
"I was involved in the health professions track," she said. "I really enjoyed my classes in biology of cancer, immunology and microbiology. I've always enjoyed science, and these classes will have a direct impact on my profession."
While at CSUF, Park achieved a 3.98 GPA.
"It took a lot of time, and I took many accelerated courses. Veterinary schools usually require more science classes than med schools," she explained.
While a student, she worked at the California Animal Health and Food Safety Lab, the Placentia Veterinary Clinic and the Chino Valley Equine Hospital. Following graduation from veterinary school, Park hopes to work with small animals. "I've always loved pets and being around animals. This is something I've always wanted to do.
It was challenging because I was trying to complete all the work in two years instead of four,
she said. "I also wanted to work and volunteer at different places to get diverse clinical experience. I really learned about time management while in this program."
She said she appreciates the support she received from faculty and fellow students.
"Faculty and staff members, such as Christina Goode and Julie Stern, were great in steering me in the right direction to achieve my goals," she said. "And the students in my program were cooperative, not competitive. I am very thankful for all the assistance I received."