Florida Gulf Coast University
I am a student in my last semester at Florida Gulf Coast University pursuing my degree in Communication with a focus in Public Relations. After graduation I would like to work for an animal welfare nonprofit, like Gulf Coast Humane Society, preferably handling events. I have been volunteering at GCHS since February 2014 and I am now interning under the Events Coordinator, Jessica Bamford. As a part of my internship I was asked to write about why I chose to go into the field of animal welfare nonprofit.
People often act like I’m on some kind of noble crusade when I tell them I want to work for an animal welfare nonprofit after I graduate, but honestly I could never see myself working at a for-profit business. I have no interest in sales or climbing the corporate ladder. The first part-time job I had in retail focused heavily on sales goals for all the employees, and even back then my boss would consistently tell me that I was terrible at sales, but great at customer service. I am not ashamed to admit that I am not sales-driven, because more importantly I am care-driven. I cared about the customers, not as a potential profit source, but as individuals.
I love nonprofit because I have the opportunity to do something worthwhile in my community. Instead of just working for a paycheck I get to work for something I believe in. It’s a lot easier to get up and go to work everyday when you’re working for something you’re passionate about. I personally discovered my passion through volunteering and now I know there’s nothing I would rather do.
That explains why I want to work in a nonprofit, but not why I want to work in the animal welfare field. I think if you asked this question to just about anyone working with animals you would get pretty much the same answer. We love animals! As volunteer Alan Marshall said in his earlier post about volunteering at GCHS: “Have You Seen Those Faces?!?!” It really is hard not to fall in love with every single one.
Like most animal lovers, our pets were a huge part of the family when I was growing up. I was born into a family with two rottweilers, Roxanne and Rheno, and a cat named Oliver. I got my first rescue dog, Morgan, from the SPCA for my eighth birthday, and took in a stray cat, Lewy, in high school. Now I have 3 fur babies: two cats, Binx and Callisto, and an 8-month-old husky/mix, Adakias. My four-legged family members helped make me the person I am today, and now I get to help others just like them!