My name is Kristen Hasegawa and I graduated from NCSU in the Fall 2018 with a B.S. in Animal Science with a concentration in Veterinary Bioscience. I was born and raised in Maui, Hawaii. Growing up, my life revolved around music. I was involved in multiple ensembles, most of which I held a leadership position in or was principal. In fact, it came as a shock to some of my high school classmates and teachers when I told them I was getting a degree in Animal Science rather than music. In Fall 2019, I will be attending Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.
When I first started school at NCSU in 2015, I had no animal or veterinary experience. I gained majority of my animal and veterinary experience in NC starting with the Turtle Rescue Team at the NCSU CVM. Along the way, I gained more experience in other fields such as volunteering with a large animal veterinarian, working at the Equine Education Unit, and being an intern at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Outside of the realm of animal science, I was involved with various cultural clubs. I coordinated Hawaii Night with Japan Club for the Asian American Pacific Islander Month during my second and third year, where I taught students about Hawaiian culture.
Compared to my classmates and other applicants, my list of experiences is probably shorter; however, the reason why I was able to gain so many types of experience in 3.5 years was all thanks to NCSU. NCSU offers many different unique opportunities that not many other institutions have; and if there was something I was interested in that the college did not offer, the faculty directed me to specific people who could help me.
Diverse experiences are important when applying, but GPA, letters of recommendation, and your activities outside of the veterinary profession also weigh in the process. It’s important to stay balanced in each category in order to be a competitive applicant.
Turtle Rescue Team volunteer
Large Animal Mobile Practice
Small Animal General Hospital
Small Animal Mobile Practice
Research volunteer at NCSU Research Facility
Swine nutrition assistant
Equine Education Unit volunteer
Dairy Education Unit volunteer
NCSU Study Abroad Ireland: Global Food Systems and Sustainable Agriculture
B.S. Animal Science conc. Veterinary Bioscience
Dean’s List (every semester)
Magna Cum Laude
CALS Student Spotlight
Companion Animal Club Activities Chair
NCSU VetPAC Intern
Japan Club Member