Me, Myself, and InternQuest

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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 jobs, and the blog about their experience online. Follow their adventures here on the Zoo’s website!

emilyGreetings, reader! My name is Emily, but don’t allow that to be my defining quality. So let me introduce myself. I am a junior in high school and I love to use my sparse amounts of free time to read, write, and sketch. It can also be a guaranteed fact that, if you find me alone in either my room or on the bus, I’ll be listening to a wide spectrum of music, from Indie folk to simple melodies. However, my love for art is nowhere near as strong as my love for animals.

I currently house only one pet, a ten-year old cat that I’ve had for over half my life, but I have always had a heart for all animals, whether they be in the sky, on the ground, or in the sea. The animal kingdom has always intrigued me because there is always something to discover, something to observe, and something to preserve.

Even as a child, I would flip through entire encyclopedias about animals in an attempt to know something about every single species that roams the Earth. I remember going to zoos numerous times as a child and thinking how small I was compared to the towering giraffes that took treats from my hand, how immensely enormous the elephants were compared to my small stature, and how I felt that it was my destiny to work with these animals. So, when I heard about Zoo InternQuest, I practically leapt into the application papers, excited about where it could take me.

My animal-loving characteristics have stayed with me over time, and I have grown to love the environment and all the creatures that inhabit it. I always have something to do, whether it is reading a book, writing a story, or finishing a drawing that I’ve started. I also dabble in photography, as I like taking pictures of the places I go for others to see. I’m very excited to be a part of Zoo InternQuest, and hope that you will follow my blogs throughout the next seven weeks!

Winter Session 2014