Easing the Elephants

Scholarship Entrant: Meagan from Reno, Nevada
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
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For as far back as I can remember, I’ve always been drawn to animals. One of my earliest childhood goals was to become a veterinarian, but with a twist. While my classmates wanted to help cats and dogs, I wanted to help my favorite animal: the elephant. My obsession with this great animal began when I was a toddler and my parents would take me to see two retired circus elephants, Angel and Bertha. I was entranced by their size, grace, and sense of understanding. I still carry these feeling along with me today. If I could make a career out of caring for these beautiful animals, I would do it in a heartbeat.
Unfortunately, the path to such a career will take a little longer than that. To reach my goal, I have already put myself in the Biology program at the University of Nevada, Reno. I am currently researching local veterinarians to internship under in preparation while also volunteering at Animal Ark, a close by wildlife sanctuary. I plan to take this experience with me to a Veterinary School with a focus on exotic animals. From there, I will either find opportunities in wildlife sanctuaries in the states, or move to Africa and use my skills to help elephants in their natural habitat. This endangered species needs help to repair the damage humanity has inflicted, and if I could help revive herds of wandering, gentle giants while getting paid, that’s all I could ever ask for.

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