Christian Perez

Christian Perez

Animal Caregiver & Social Media Contributor


San Diego Humane Society

San Diego, CA USA


At the end of the day, it’s your own emotions and your own experiences that you carry with you your whole life. If you aren’t doing what you’re passionate about because of other people, then you aren’t truly living for yourself.

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Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Was diagnosed with a learning disability when he was in sixth grade and told that he would likely never make it to college—says this was his main motivation to succeed and prove everyone wrong.
Attended the University of California, Irvine (UCI), where he got his bachelor’s degree in cognitive psychology with minors in biological sciences and education.
He was the co-founder of UCI’s student chapter of Eye to Eye, which advocates for students with learning disabilities and seeks to diminish the stigma.
His first job out of college was working as a youth leader for YMCA of San Diego County.
He has always had a love for animals, so he started volunteering at the San Diego Humane Society helping with admissions and other tasks at the shelter.
This role eventually evolved into a full-time animal caregiver position—he provides the daily care to all of the shelter animals and helps ensure they get adopted into good homes.
Later, he took on an additional role as a social media contributor, responsible for posting engaging Instagram content highlighting the inner workings of the shelter and the adoptable animals there.
Inspired by his work with Eye to Eye in college, he is currently pursuing his master’s degree in education at the University of San Diego.
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics
University of California-Irvine
graduate
Graduate
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
University of San Diego
Career

Career

Animal Caregiver & Social Media Contributor

I provide care and enrichment for shelter animals waiting to be fostered or adopted.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Non-Profit Organizations
Environment & Nature
Environment & Nature
Helping People
Helping People

Day to Day

As an animal caregiver, my daily tasks including cleaning the kennels and the animals as needed. Taking the dogs on walks and socializing them. Checking for any medical or behavioral issues. I also assist in making sure that the animals are fostered and adopted to good homes. As a social media contributor, I'm in charge of creating engaging and insightful content on Instagram that highlights the inner-workings of the animal shelter and highlighting pets so they can be adopted.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Loving animals is a must. Be a team player. Get experiences wherever you can by volunteering or interning.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

It's ok to make mistakes. This is your growing time where you are allowed to figure things out. Try volunteering somewhere you are interested in. Getting out there can sometimes lead to great opportunities.

Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Teachers:

"You aren't accepted to this school. You aren't what we are looking for."

When I was applying to graduate school, I naively thought that it would be easy because I had already been through undergrad. It was crushing to have my top school of choice reject me. I just had to believe in the process and believe that everything would work out. It did and I still got into a great school.

Challenges I Overcame

Learning Issues
Learning Issues

I was diagnosed with a learning disability when I was young and told I wouldn't make it through college. I used that doubt as my motivation. I co-founded the student chapter of Eye to Eye so that I could advocate for others like me.