Sofia Perin - Texas Interview by Inspiring Teens Nomination by Gloria McKay Photography by Big Shot Photography Issue 39 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: Sofia Perin enjoys teaching children's Bible school, photography, forensic science, has been named chief editor for her school yearbook, and has received early acceptance into Tarleton State University's Pre-Vet program. I am so proud of Sofia! She inspires my family and I because while life has thrown her many challenges that would be difficult for even an adult, she has faced each one with optimism and maturity. Sofia does not get caught up in judgement and popularity but instead lives life true to herself, embracing her uniqueness, encouraging others to do the same. Sofia is determined, passionate, and caring.
Tell us about your love of photography. As a child I would take my mom’s phone and create scenes with my stuffed animals so I guess you could say I have always had a love for taking pictures and capturing special moments what people wouldn’t normally stop and admire. My main focus is nature and it’s beauty but I have recently had experience taking portrait pictures, however taking pictures of nature is my strong suit. On my 15th birthday I was gifted a canon camera from my grandma because she knew I had only been using my phone and wanted me to have the full picture taking experience by using a camera. Although my camera is known for being a beginner camera, I have taken some wonderful photos. Thanks to my grandma I learned my way around a camera and can now take amazing pictures I hope to one day share with many people.
Being chief editor for your yearbook is a big deal! Tell us how you got the job, what it entails, and what you love most about it The start of my yearbook career took place in 8th grade. At that time, I had joined yearbook as an extracurricular activity and thought it would be a fun thing to do. Starting high school I knew I wanted to be part of the yearbook staff but I soon learned that freshman were not able to join so this meant waiting a whole year to be part of something that I loved doing. Even after waiting a year to join again I was still so excited to be a member of the yearbook staff. Once sophomore year was coming to an end, I knew I had to make sure yearbook was on my class schedule for the upcoming year. The beginning of junior year came around and my teacher announced she was looking for the years new editors, editors were the leaders of the class and took charge of the book, this is when I knew I needed to apply for a position. A few days had passed, and my teacher was finally able to announce the new editors and name after name was said then all the sudden, I heard my name. I was so grateful to have gotten an editor position, even though I was only an assistant, I was excited. The year ended and my teacher had told us she was not going to be there my senior year and that struck the question who would be the editor in chief. Upon meeting the new teacher, I was ready to show my leadership skills and show the new teacher I had what it took to be such a major role in the yearbook class. All my hard work paid off and I was made editor in chief of yearbook. I love my job as editor in chief and I couldn’t be happier simply being part of creating memories made into a book so many people enjoy at the end of the school year.
How long have you been teaching children's Bible school and what is a favorite memory? I taught lessons about Jesus and the bible to a group of 3rd graders at my local church for about half a year. This was an experience like no other because children really make you realize how differently they think and how they see things in life. Being a mentor and guiding them for the time that I did was amazing and each child I taught had and still has a special place in my heart. Covid unfortunately made my time with them shorter than I would have liked but I had the opportunity to have zoom calls with them to see how they were doing and what they had been up to during quarantine as well as hand write each of them a note telling them how I hoped they were staying safe during this time. Being able to teach a large group of 6 and 7 year olds about different lessons the bible can teach us and how much God loves each and every single one of us was something I never thought I would be doing but after experiencing it I am so glad I did.
What made you choose Tarelton State University and why their pre-Vet program? I chose Tarleton State University because of their pre-vet program. From the time I could have toys I never wanted to play with barbies like other little girls, all I wanted to play with were stuffed animals. The passion of loving animals and wanting to care for them has always been a part of my life so once it became time to choose a career path I knew becoming a Vet was the one for me. I know it is a challenging work field and not many people succeed but I know I have what it takes to do what I love. Tarleton State University is one of many schools that offer a vet pathway but none of the others seemed to catch my attention like Tarleton did. Their campus is small yet comforting and will be a great place for me to take on my first four years of vet school.
Look for Sofia in issue 39 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!