Zoo InternQuest is a seven-week career exploration program for San Diego County high school juniors and seniors. Students have the unique opportunity to meet professionals working for the San Diego Zoo, Safari Park, and Institute for Conservation Research, learn about their jobs, and then blog about their experience online. Follow their adventures here!
Hello, my name is Abby. I am a junior in high school, and I have lived in San Diego, California my whole life! Some of my interests include reading, art, graphic design, photography, music, horseback riding and, of course, animals!
Growing up, I was destined to be an animal lover. My mom painted my room with lions, monkeys, and elephants, I had three dogs, and my first birthday cake featured Simba from the Lion King. I have always been drawn to animals, wanting to go to the Safari Park, San Diego Zoo, and Sea World every weekend (according to my parents). I was never much of a doll kind of girl; I preferred a myriad of stuffed animals.
When I was six, I began horseback riding and I have stuck with it for eleven years. Horseback riding has been a huge part of my life and has had an immense impact on my character today. It really enhanced my love and appreciation for animals, showed me the amazing bond humans and animals can have, and taught me how to overcome my fears when faced with adversity. It is one of the best feelings in the world to have a connection with an animal that cannot talk to you with words, but through emotions.
As high school is nearing its end, and the real world is fast approaching, I have had to ask myself what I want to do in my life. Animals are my passion, so it seems logical to be interested in veterinary medicine. It is an option. However, I know there are more animal related careers out there. I am excited to be apart of the Zoo InternQuest because it will allow me to observe and understand various fields within research and wild life conservation.
I hope you read and enjoy my blogs to come, please share my new adventures with me!
Winter Session 2013