As a child, I grew up in a household surrounded by animals. Growing up in this environment, I developed a passion for animals and to speak against animal cruelty. Around the age of eight, I started to become active in helping animal shelters, by either donating the money I saved up or gathering blankets and towels from family and friends to give to the shelter. In December 2012, I became a volunteer for the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society. There, I help out at the adoption center located on 2nd Street (at Arch). I am able to help out the organization by cleaning the center and the animal cages, keeping the animals active, and informing people, who walk in about the organization and the animals for adoption.
I am also involved in two other animal organizations. When I first came to Temple University in the fall of 2012, I joined Temple’s Protectors of Animal Welfare (PAWS) organization. This gave me another opportunity to give the animals a voice that they do not have. In this organization, I can participate in events to raise awareness like our Pit-bull Awareness Day at Temple University, take trips to local animal shelters to lend a hand, and inform students about animal cruelty and how they can help. Recently, I became a volunteer at Delaware Country SPCA located in Media, PA. The way I help the organization out is by being a dog runner for them to help the more large, active dogs get the exercise they need.
Traveling has always been a big part of my life. I started traveling at the age of fifteen when I went on a trip with my high school. I traveled to Italy, France and Spain. This trip changed my perspective on life and gave me the chance to see another part of the world. After this experience, I grew a passion for the learning of culture and language. I became very engaged in learning new languages and studied Spanish, Italian and German. At the age of seventeen, I traveled to Germany and London on my own. Being able to experience new cultures and learn how people from other parts of the world live gives me a feeling that is indescribable. In May 2014, I plan on traveling to Dublin, Ireland.