In another life it was Rick Perry's dream to make a living caring for animals. As it turned out, he didn't have the chops in college science classes to cut it. Speaking at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., Perry told a crowd of roughly 13,000 students and faculty Wednesday about his original calling.
As a student at Texas A&M, Perry said, it was “my heart’s content” to be a veterinarian. He worked for a vet every summer and took advanced science classes. But the dean of the veterinary school dashed his dreams.
“He said, ‘Son, I’m looking at your transcript. You want to be an animal science major,’” Perry joked. (Indeed, Perry’s transcript shows he received an “F” in organic chemistry, a “D” in veterinary anatomy and a “C" in animal breeding.”)
“Four semesters of organic chemistry made a pilot out of me,” Perry joked.
In his address, the governor of Texas also remarked on his modest beginnings ("For me, indoor plumbing was a bit of a luxury until I was about 5 years old") and how he found religion in his late 20s.