B.A., Anthropology and Linguistics, New York University, 2010
M.S. in Animals and Public Policy, Tufts University, 2017
What were you doing before entering the MAPP program?
I was working in e-commerce as a sales assistant at Zojirushi America Corporation while volunteering at the Marine Mammal Care Center at Fort MacArthur, where I helped with the rehabilitation of stranded or injured pinnipeds found along the coast of Southern California.
What aspects of MAPP led to your decision to join the program?
It was always a dream of mine to work with animals in my career. In particular, I’ve always had an interest in human-animal relationships and animal behavior. I was looking at programs online and was drawn to the fact that the CAPP focuses so much on ethics, culture, and policy with regards to the role of animals in society. I also liked the fact that the program includes a wide variety of mentored externships, especially after reading about past students’ hands-on experiences.
Interests in and experience with animals
Since I was very young, I loved animals and grew up with pet dogs, hamsters, and parakeets. I’m also interested in exotic animals, and have volunteered at aquariums and zoos starting in middle school. For the past three years, I’ve been volunteering at a rescue facility for pinnipeds.
What are your outside interests?
I enjoy travel, especially to different countries. I also enjoy watching movies and reading.
Number of pets? What?
My family and I have two dogs – one Chiweenie and one Beagle mix, but they will be remaining in Southern California while I make the move to Massachusetts.