Christian's Open Road

CHRISTIAN PEREZ

Animal Caregiver & Social Media Contributor
San Diego Humane Society

“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.”

INTERESTS:

Non-Profit Organizations Environment & Nature

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Hobbies & Pastimes Societal Pressures Perseverance Struggle Values Talent Doubt Experience

FOUNDATION:

Helping People

BIOGRAPHY:

  • 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.

Send us your feedback

(all fields are required)