Prompt: Explain a career goal you have and the steps you plan to take to achieve it. Be sure to include specific steps you must take.
The Chinese philosopher Confucius once said, "when it is obvious that a goal can't be reached, one should adjust the steps to take and not the goal." I have found this to be true in my own pursuit of my career goal. Confucius' statement reinforces the idea that certain goals in our lives are important and immovable. If a goal is starting to seem unreachable, that doesn't mean we should abandon the goal, but rather adjust our plans. Having a firm goal for a future career is important to me as a high school student. Although I have chosen a very lofty goal, I won't let it go. In fact, I have had the same career goal since I was six years old: the goal to become a veterinarian.
The career goal of veterinarian is one that requires extensive preparation. I am doing everything in my power to achieve my goal. Because a veterinarian needs to have a depth of knowledge about all of the sciences, I have chosen to take as many science courses as I can during this time in my life. Further, a veterinarian needs to have a high degree of comfort and ease around animals of all kinds. This has inspired me to read as much as I can about the animal kingdom and spend as much time as possible with animals. My goal requires that I become an expert in animal care, so I have even started a side business as a pet babysitter. All of these steps take me closer to my future goal.
Additionally, my future goal requires me to skillfully manage my time. The more I can achieve during my high school years, the better prepared I will be for the next required step towards my goal of attending college. For example, my skills in time management combined with my subject knowledge will serve me well when I enter the college chapter of my veterinarian training. If I manage my time successfully, I will be ready to tackle the advanced academics in veterinarian school. I will also have plenty of experience with animals to bring to my future practice. The more knowledge and experience I have, the more I can serve animals and make a difference in their lives.
Academic achievement is a large part of preparing for my goal, but there are other skills I must acquire. In fact, Veterinarians must also be excellent communicators and have skills in leadership and public speaking. To this end, I will need to participate in community outreach. I plan to volunteer at animal shelters throughout high school and college, allowing me to interact with community members and make decisions as part of a committee. When I finally enter Veterinarian graduate school, I plan to attend the University of Illinois, a school with high standards for admission. If, for some reason I am not admitted, I will revisit my goals and decide which specific steps I need to take to be successful the second time.
Ultimately, I will need to stay motivated throughout the various steps towards my goal. To keep myself inspired, I will think of how wonderful it will be to work with animals and to do the thing I love most in the world. I will also remind myself that my future career choice is lucrative and will allow me to support myself and my family. Ultimately, Becoming a veterinarian will be rewarding to me both personally and professionally. It will also be the culmination of my goal-setting process. I will also be satisfied by knowing I am saving the lives of animals. Once I am in my own veterinarian practice, it will be time to set new goals based on my desire to eventually teach at a Veterinarian school and pass on the fruits of my hard work to other goal-oriented animal lovers.
Prompt: All animals have adaptations that help them to survive. These adaptations have occurred over years and years of evolution and let animals thrive in different environments. The tundra is a cold, harsh climate to live in. Describe an animal that is adapted to survive in the tundra. Be sure to give examples describing what makes the animal able to live in this environment.
Example - A Desert Traveler
The camel is an intriguing kind of animal - unlike anything that lives in North America. The camel is an animal that eats plants and lives in the desert. Camels are mammals and mainly survive by eating plants and other vegetation. Camels have many adaptations that help them to live in the desert. Because of these features, many people use camels to get around the desert safely over long distances. Camels are the ultimate "desert travelers" because of their nutritional, facial, and transportation features.
Camels have many different adaptations that allow them to not only live, but thrive in the desert. An adaptation is something that has evolved in an animal to help it survive. Adaptations help animals live in their specific climates. Because the desert is very dry, there is not much water or food. Camels eat many plants that live in the desert, like grasses and leaves. This helps them to survive by giving them the energy they need to move and work. Similarly, camels can survive for a long time without water. They can go over a week without water, which helps them live in a place without a lot of water to drink. When camels do drink water, they consume many gallons at one time so they can survive for a week without this important resource.
Another way camels are adapted to live in the desert is because of specific features on their faces. Deserts have a lot of sand, and wind can blow that sand into the eyes of people and animals. Camels have long eyelashes that help keep the sand out of their eyes. Having long eyelashes helps camels see and prevents them from getting lost during dangerous sandstorms. Their nostrils also open and close, so they do not have to breathe in sand. These facial features let camels survive in harsh desert conditions, making them a great choice for transportation in this difficult part of the world.
Because of the adaptations mentioned before, many people have used camels to get around the desert for thousands of years. Similarly, camels have wide, huge feet that stop them from sinking in the sand. The desert is covered in sand, so having feet that can cross the desert without trouble is a very important feature in transportation. And indeed, for many hundreds of years, travelers across deserts have used camels because their adaptations let camels live and move successfully in this type of harsh climate.
Why are camels good desert travelers? They have many adaptations that allow them to live in the desert. They can survive for a long time without water, and have features on their faces that protect them from sand. Similarly, camels have wide, big feet that make them the great desert travelers. Adaptations have made camels the perfect animals to get around the dry, hot desert! Thousands of years ago, when travelers did not have technology like cars or airplanes to take them over long distances quickly, camels were hardy enough to make the long, dry trips. It makes sense that they were used to transport people and goods across places like the Sahara Desert. Even today, camels remain an important asset to people who need to move themselves or their belongings in one of the world's harshest climates.