Over the next few weeks, we’re taking some time off from voting to spotlight our Miss COED 2017 semifinalists and get to know each of them a bit better. First up is Heather from Michigan State University. The 21-year-old senior is studying Psychology and Criminal Justice and hopes to escape Michigan’s harsh winters for the sunny beaches of Florida or California upon graduation. I can’t say I blame her, honestly. I sat down with Heather to talk spring break, animal adoption, and her awesome role model mom.
If you could travel anywhere in the world for spring break, where would you go?
I would love to go to Santorini, Greece. My aunt passed away last spring and she always told me that was the one place in the world she wanted to go but never got the opportunity. I would love to be able to go there to honor her.
Who do you look up to the most and why?
The person I look up to the most is my mom. She is one of the most intelligent and beautiful women I know inside and out. She is completely selfless, which I think is very hard to find in the world today. She is my best friend, and I hope to one day just be half the woman she is.
Cliché, but where do you see yourself in five years? Ready, set, go!
In five years, I am hoping to have a successful career in either the field of psychology or criminal justice. I also am hoping to move somewhere a bit warmer since I have lived in Michigan my whole life! My dream location would either be Florida or California since both are gorgeous year-round and have awesome beaches!
What’s your biggest accomplishment thus far?
My biggest accomplishment thus far is making the Dean’s List all four years at Michigan State University. I only have more semester left after this, so let’s hope I make it then, too! It was extremely difficult but also gave me something to work for. Hopefully it pays off in the long run!
I also found out that Heather is a huge animal lover and is an avid supporter of Last Chance Rescue (LCR), a non-profit organization that rescues animals who would otherwise be euthanized, instead finding the pets loving homes. In fact, Heather has adopted a couple of her own.
Tell us a little about your cat and dog you rescued from LCR!
My cat’s name is Dusty and we adopted her when she was two years old! She is extremely friendly and a little fluff ball. She still has a lot of kitten in her and loves to play, even though she’s older now. We adopted our dog, Louie, when he was three years old. He is a small black dog that just loves to sleep. He and his brother were given up because the family who had him before thought he was too much work.
How did you first get involved with the organization?
My mom was the first one who showed me this because she was always very involved in charities for animals and told me if we ever got a pet, we would go to a shelter of some sort.
What is the most rewarding part about working with the organization?
The most rewarding part is seeing families adopt the animals and knowing they will be loved. Especially if the animals have been in the shelter for a while.
How can someone get involved?
If you just Google ‘Last Chance Rescue,’ you can normally go and volunteer at the local facility, even if it is just walking the dogs or playing with the cats.
Tell us anything else you’d like our readers to know about Last Chance Rescue!
I would like the readers to know that Last Chance Rescue is a no kill shelter! So all of the animals are well taken care of.