I’m currently a sophomore biology student at Georgetown College and am in the Equine Scholars Program. I am originally from East Tennessee – I came to Georgetown specifically for the Equine Scholars Program. I am so glad I did!
My plans are to go on to vet school and eventually practice Sport Horse Medicine. So, the major/minor requirements of biology/chemistry will get me all my pre-reqs vet schools require. But the schools also require applicants to have extensive veterinary and general animal experience. The Equine Scholars Program has given me so many opportunities to shadow some of the top vets in the country, which will definitely boost my application! Sarah and Elizabeth have been such a help to connect the pre-vet students with these vets. In addition to shadowing, we are constantly learning of opportunities for internships, which I will apply for in my next two years here. Students have shadowed at Hagyard, Kesmarc, Old Friends, etc. Basically – the Equine Scholars Program gives us a lot of great opportunities that will boost our resumes.
If you’re not interested in veterinary medicine, there are still plenty of reasons to be a part of ESP. The whole point of the program is to link any of the majors at Georgetown to the equine industry. So outside of the obvious jobs like being a vet, there are so many other options! We frequently host speakers who work in these “not so obvious” areas, like documentary producer, graphic designers and reps for feed companies. Our speakers, tours, and available internships show just how many options there are – just within the equine industry – that are available to the traditional majors, from English to Communications and Art. So, even if you don’t know exactly where you want to be after graduation now, but know you want to be somehow involved in horses, ESP will help you find a niche and give you a strong resume to get there.
Outside of speakers and tours, the program really builds you as a future professional. There are requirements – do projects that are equine related in your classes, complete an internship, write thank you notes, and keep an updated resume. It may seem a little daunting but it is all so worth it. I really do believe I will be prepared for the real world once I graduate mostly due to the ESP!
So, obviously I think Georgetown is great and I love love love ESP. Georgetown outside of horses is a little sleepy, but we are so close to Lexington where there is plenty to do. But honestly, there are so many great horse opportunities I have yet to get bored!
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me!