Sophie Hamra - Missouri Interview by Diamond Orin Nomination and Photography by Jessica Lynn Photography Issue 38 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: Sophie Hamra is an inspiring team because she devotes herself to taking care of everybody else before she takes care of herself. She wants to dedicate her life to taking care of animals as well she wants to become a veterinarian. She strives in school maintaining a 3.9 GPA. While doing extracurricular activities and working a job. She such a sweet beautiful soul.
Photography by Lucy Vandeven
If you get the opportunity to be interviewed, what would you most like to be interviewed about? If I got the opportunity to be interviewed I would personally like to be interviewed about my passion for animals and how I pursue to dedicate my life to taking care of them.
What have you done to help animals and how did you get started? I’ve grown up around animals, they’re all I really know. My mother and I were always the first to bring injured animals into our home and nurse them back to health. We’ve had animals from squirrels, to rabbits, to horses. It’s always been a life goal to make sure the lives that make me happiest are the healthiest.
Photography by Michelle Hamra
What about animals made you want to dedicate your life to them? Animals live a very simple life compared to humans and our pet’s whole lifespan is a very short portion of ours. We are their happiness. Who wouldn’t want to make them as happy as possible? What is your favorite kind of animal to care for? My favorite animal to take care of is rabbits. My mother has implanted the love of rabbits into my brain since I was a baby. I have taken in wild baby rabbits as well as domestic ones as pets. They are so intelligent and oh so cute!
How have you worked toward your goal of becoming a veterinarian? I take a vet assistant class at my high school, as well as an SOE class where I can go and job shadow veterinarians in my area! At the end of the year, I can become a certified vet assistant. It’s such an amazing opportunity and I can’t wait to pursue my dreams ever further.
Photography by Amanda Zimmerman
Do you ever have fears when it comes to working with animals, if so how do you overcome them? I try to put all of my fears to the side and worry about the animal before myself. Animals can sense fear, and it makes them anxious to present yourself in a fearful way towards them. I want to make animals comfortable with me, so they can ultimately trust me. It’s part of being an animal lover, truly.
Sophie will be featured in issue 38 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!