Zoe Sears - 17 - California Interview by Zoe D’Angelo Nomination by Juanita Sears Photography by Stacy Jacobs Photography Issue 19 - Inspiring Teens Magazine - Volunteer
The Nomination: My daughter Zoe Sears is very inspiring. She has always been a go-getter. She dreamed of working with animals at a very young age, in the fifth grade she raised money for the animal shelter in Palm Springs. She has volunteered at Martha’s Village for Thanksgiving and Christmas here in Indio. Her first time volunteering was when she was seven years old. She wanted to feed the homeless for Thanksgiving in Fullerton. As well as being caring, she is also competitive; she has been in soccer, swimming, gymnastics, boxing, and karate. She loves music, sushi, and the beach.
How did your interest in animals start?
Ever since I was a young child my mom would have me around animals. When I was about six, I lived in Norco in a farm style house. We had goats, bunnies, an iguana, four dogs, and two cats. I learned from a very young age how to properly care for animals. I was very passionate about treating animals as if they were human. When raising a puppy, it is very time consuming and you need patience. They cry and we can’t understand them, but over time we can get more of a feel for what they want or need. During that time a bond is created. I love all my animals as if they were my own children really, and I feel that’s how everyone should think and feel for all animals.
Tell us about your volunteering opportunities.
When I was seven, I wanted to give up my Thanksgiving to go feed the homeless people in Fullerton. When I was in 5th grade I had to volunteer time at any place of choice for a project. I chose to volunteer at an animal shelter but unfortunately, I was too young, so I sold donuts to save dogs. I raised about three hundred dollars for the Palm Springs Animal Shelter which was a no kill shelter. In 8th grade I volunteered at Martha’s Village during Christmas and Thanksgiving. I helped wrap donated gifts for the people living in the shelter. I also helped serve food at the shelter during Thanksgiving. Currently I am I volunteer at Loving All Animals. They are in the process of expanding the shelter which is very cool to be a part of.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I see myself still in college ~ in Los Angeles with a part time job or internship at a hospital hopefully. I see myself sharing an apartment with a roommate, trying to complete school and donating my spare time at local animal shelters when possible.
What are your plans for the future?
I have always been about helping animals, as well as people. After my dad passed away my freshman year my mom was diagnosed with cancer. I thought very heavily about cancer, and how many lives it takes. I became very intrigued to know more about this disease. I had a lot of questions. Since my sophomore year I have been interested in Pediatric Oncology. I feel that is where the most lives suffer. I hope to eventually pursue a career in the medical field.
Zoe will be featured in Issue 19 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!