Write an essay where you tell us about what drives you in your pursuit of your graduate degree.

My name is Noemi Negron, and by the end of 2020, I will have my Masters in Human-Animal Interaction. I was inspired to continue my education after my bachelors for this main reason: I genuinely want to be good at what I do. My life’s dream is to operate a fully sustainable animal sanctuary. This degree will help me understand how I can truly help animals. This sanctuary dream has always been a part of my life, recently becoming a strong reality. I knew from a young age that I connected with animals, that connection influenced my life decisions. My passion for animals led me to shelters, escalating to a long-term commitment to a nonprofit animal preserve. This resulted in becoming of the first paid staff member and youngest board member. The experience has taught me the full life devotion to the multifaceted structure involved in creating and sustaining an animal sanctuary. Throughout my undergraduate education, I dove deep into practices of sustainability, conservation, and psychology of both humans and animals. By 2016, I received my bachelors in Psychology with a minor in Biology, permaculture design certification, as well as a yoga and meditation teacher certification which is surprisingly helpful in understanding psychology and behavior. Simultaneously, I continued to work in the dog behavior training community and developmental research with white tigers at the preserve. After graduation I took time to travel and farm, practicing my skills in growing food in various climates. In that year I earned multiple certifications in agriculture techniques. After, I completed a year of service with AmeriCorps VISTA, managing gardens and edible landscaping projects in Montana. I apologize feels like a resume, but the point I want to make clear is that this sanctuary isn’t just a goal, a dream, or another accomplishment; everything in my heart tells me that this is what I was made to do. The graduate degree and your help is a wonderful part of making that dream a reality.

Noemi from Florida
University of Stirling