Hi my name is Whitney I'm 21 years old currently trying to go for my GED, I dropped out of high school trying to go for veterinary its my dream job but I'm having so many problems with math, I've always struggled with math in elementary school, middle school, and then finally hit high school and just left I was so lost I honestly don't know why they let me continue grade wise. I really want to learn methods or some type of easier way to understand math I want my GED by the end of this year and at the rate I'm going I don't see it happening. I don't know what I'm going to do if I don't get this milestone done and over with. Hopefully there are other people on this forum who want their GED and can maybe give me some helpful tips? But most of all someone to understand my struggles with math...
Thanks for reading.
I was diagnosed at my university after continually failing remedial college math. I really love animals and have always been very interested in the veterinary profession - used to "play vet" with my stuffed animals as a child; I've also had a job at a vet clinic as an assistant/front desk person, which did not work out because of my learning disability.
Seems like you may be in the States? If so, your state's Vocational Rehab facility <variously called> may be helpful - have you tried them?
Edited by RottieWoman on July 20 2012 07:27 PM
Yay another animal lover good stuff there! I did the same exact vet play with my stuffed animals . I'm only volunteering at a humane society which I love but I want to do so much more. I'm actually calling a place today and seeing how it goes. Wish me luck! Oh and yes I'm in the states.
Edited by whitneyx3 on July 20 2012 09:09 PM
Location: Texas USA Posts: 6230 Joined: 2008-05-25
I love animals, too. I used to raise AKC Wire Haired Fox Terriers. Love them. So smart and playful, caring and yet strong minded. And just as cute as a button.
Whitney, I took General Biology One and Two in order to get my AA degree a couple of years ago. I got a C in General Biology One and a B in General Biology Two. I usually get A's in my classes. I'm telling you this because, math aside, the veterinary courses will probably be very difficult in themselves, and there will surely be math requirements beyond the normal 'two courses' that are usually required for a liberal arts degree. It's not that I don't think that you can eventually 'get there'. You are young, so there is still time,... time to try and fail, and then to try again,... with tutors, in a different school, online, etc. But here's what I want to explain to you. Getting your diagnosis and having your college algebra credits waived or substituted only really 'works' for people who are trying to get a degree in Liberal Arts, Fine Arts, Modern Languages, Social Worker, or something similar. When a person tries to get something beyond this type of degree, as for example 'engineer, doctor, psychologist, dentist', then those degrees require math beyond College Algebra. So, the diagnosis and the accommodations only help you get a quiet testing environment, extra time on tests and with in-class work, and maybe a note taker,... not waivers or substitutions on math courses. Do you see where this is heading? Sadly, the road to being a Veterinarian is a rocky one for dyscalculics, with college cutting no 'breaks' as regards the math requirements. If you've found a way through this, that's great, and I'd love to hear about it. - jus'
Edited by justfoundout on July 22 2012 08:30 PM
honestly, I'll second what 'jus wrote.
I've volunteered at vet clinics too and had a friend who was going through the vet school at U of Minn....to even get INTO vet school, you have to have very high grades all across the board, as well as exceptional math skills. Competition for vet schools and later, internships with practicing veterinarians is very hot - I was told by my friend who I just mentioned above the whole proceedings for that career is actually worse than going for medical school.
But I'm wondering about even the possibility of something like vet tech or if there's an associate's degree available for vet "assistant" as opposed to Certified Vet Tech.
There's also nature and animal-based camps and educational programs like at zoos where maybe you could volunteer, whitney?