Brandi Miatke, Iowa State
Life as A Vet Student, Winner
Sitting on the airplane flying back home from Colorado, the city of Boulder to be exact, I was reflecting on the second interview I just had. As vet school applications (round three) had come and gone without any luck being accepted, I was hopeful to start a new career as an animal control officer for their police department. During my interview they had informed me I'd be learning how to dart tranquilize cougars and bears and helping with a lot of exotic species of pet snakes and much more! Although I was scared out of my mind, I was ecstatic! What a cool job this was going to be!
Fast forward several months later to me standing on the sidewalk, fully dressed in a police uniform, hands on my hips (well, on my taser holster to be exact), hoping that the fourteen-year-old kid I was supervising (who had been found with crack cocaine baggies in his tennis shoes) wasn't going to lead me on a foot chase through the city.
Needless to say I did not get the animal control officer job in Colorado, but I DID get a pretty amazing job as a public service officer for the Hopkins Police Department in Minnesota. I couldn't believe the things I was doing for my job! Not only was I helping officers with minor drug busts, but I became a first responder for medical emergencies, an animal control officer, and even manager of criminal evidence!