B.S., Zoology major with Dance minor, The University of Maine, 2018
M.S. in Animals and Public Policy, Tufts University, 2019
What were you doing before entering the Masters in Animals and Public Policy program?
I was an undergraduate student at The University of Maine, majoring in Zoology with a minor in dance. I was a member of multiple organizations including: The American College dance association, Class Liaison for the 2018 Student Council, Phi Sigma Pi National Honors Fraternity, and a member of Delta Zeta Sorority.
What aspects of MAPP led to your decision to join the program?
Finding a program that specializes with animals and humans is quite hard to find, so when I found the MAPP program that was being offered by Tufts I was relieved because my hours of searching was a success, and excited as this program can enhance my knowledge on human-animal relations.
Interests in and experience with animals
Animals are always interesting to me, especially when it comes to their intelligence and welfare. In the summer of 2016 I had the amazing opportunity to work at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge in Maine, where I nest monitored Tree Swallows nest for the duration of 3 months. The following spring (2017), I attended a wildlife field ecology course in Tanzania, where I went on daily species identification trips to various national parks around the country.
What do you want to focus on at MAPP? What drew you to this?
Focusing on ethical issues concerning animals, ranging from zoos and public entertainment to basic human-to-animal contact, are very important aspects which have been brought to the forefront now more than ever. Animals are voiceless in a world that is filled with so many voices, so it is of my best interest to learn and advocate for the wellbeing of all wildlife.
What are your career goals?
I have always known from a young age that I wanted to work with animals, as I had and still have a passion for them. Presently, one of my main career goals is to save critically endangered species, in an effort to protect various wildlife worldwide.
What are your outside interests?
Aside from animals, I love to dance, hangout with friends and family, shop, listen to music, read, watch movies, eat and sleep.
Number of pets? What?
Currently I do not own any pets, as my previous apartment did not allow any pets. However, I have always had pets growing up, so I do plan on owning a pet very soon.