Welcome to My World

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Zoo InternQuest is a career exploration program for high school students. For more information see the Zoo InternQuest blogs. For more photos see the Zoo InternQuest Photo Journal.

So what if I live in a two-bedroom apartment instead of a 40-acre ranch? Who cares if I don’t have a menagerie of animals waiting for me when I come home from school? And what does it matter that my main mode of transportation isn’t on a horse’s back? I may not be your stereotypical, farm-raised animal lover but let me tell you this: good luck finding someone as passionate for animals as I am.I first went to the Safari Park when I was two weeks old. Since then, my life has been defined by animals and everything about them. What they eat. Where they live. Why they act in such seemingly bizarre ways. I have always had the insuppressible urge to learn as much as my mind could contain about animals. As I grew older, I realized I was especially fascinated by reproductive physiology and the mating behaviors of animals. You can imagine the eyebrows THAT raises, but I honestly couldn’t care less. I concluded long ago I am not by any means normal, so why start with my passion? In my eyes, the more we understand about a certain animal’s mating behaviors and reproductive process, the better chance we have at breeding that animal and saving its species.

Needless to say, I don’t just swoon over animals 24-7. Like I mentioned before, I am not a normal high school senior: in school I dart around the campus like a decapitated chicken in the never-ending battle of balancing my AP-ridden academic coursework with my duties as ASB Commissioner of Pep and Activities. Rarely do I have a lunch to myself, considering I am either running or attending a club meeting. When the bell rings at the end of the day, I am either doing work with Rotary or ASB. When I come home, I always try to squeeze in a run before I attack my mountain of homework. I am that nut we all know in high school that is too involved for his own good. But what can I say? It keeps life saucy and I couldn’t imagine it any other way.

Luckily, my insane passion for zoology and my inability to relax has led me to the Zoo InternQuest Program. I am ecstatic to be writing for the Careers Team, where I will be focusing on how our presenters’ careers benefit our world and how they became the successful people they are today.