Name: Zoe Albert
Hometown: Allen, Texas
Major(s)/Minor(s): Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Major, English Minor
Career Interest: Veterinarian
Other campus Involvement:
Tulane University Marching Band (Clarinet section leader)
Kappa Kappa Psi President (National Honorary Fraternity for College Bandsmen)
Dr. Karubian’s Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Lab
Challah for Hunger
Science and Engineering Honor Society
Sigma Tau Delta- English Honor Society
Describe yourself and why you wanted to become a Community Service Fellow:
I was brought up under the principle of Tikkun Olam- the Jewish concept of repairing the world. When searching for colleges, I kept this idea of public service at the top on my list of “must-haves”. No university better encompassed the idea of service than did Tulane, and no organization on Tulane’s campus better than the Community Service Fellows. Coming to New Orleans I was able to use service as a way to understand the culture. Building houses for habitat for humanity alongside New Orleans’ natives and volunteering in nursing homes gave me insight on what it means to be a New Orlenian that I don’t believe I could have gotten through any other means.
Describe the community engagement/service topic that you are most passionate about:
Above all else, I am passionate about animal welfare and advocacy. I have loved animals from a young age and began making a tangible effort to ensure their wellbeing by founding a company, Faux Paws, (www.fauxpaws.biz) at age eleven. My company allowed me to create Faux Fur Fashion flip flops and donate all of the proceeds to animal welfare agencies. Now, a senior pre-vet student at Tulane, I have volunteered my time at Prytania Veterinary Hospital, with the Campus Cats Organization on Tulane’s campus and the Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home during my semester abroad. I am working toward one day being a Veterinarian who can make a real difference in the lives of animals on a daily basis.
Highlight a few service projects you have participate in as a Community Service Fellow:
As a Community Service Fellow, I have gotten involved with several recycling organizations such as Global Inheritance, and YLC Recycles. Through my work with them I have been given the incredible opportunity to attend various New Orleans festivals (from Voodoo fest to NOLA on Tap) and educate the public on the importance of recycling, as well as separate recyclable and non-recyclable goods (a service not provided by any other groups at these festivals).
During my junior year, I was able to combine several incredible organizations that I have had the opportunity to work with in a joint fundraiser. With the help of Challah for Hunger, an on campus group of students who bake and sell Challah (Jewish bread) for various charities, my music service fraternity (Kappa Kappa Psi) was able to raise several hundred dollars for Roots of Music, an after school music and tutoring program for New Orleans’ youth.
If you could travel anywhere tomorrow, where would you go and why?
If I could travel anywhere tomorrow, my initial reaction would be to book a ticket to Edinburgh, Scotland. It is where I studied abroad and consequently it is a place that still has a huge hold on my heart. However, as an avid traveler, I would be inclined to pick another place on my huge bucket list- perhaps Greece, Australia or Africa!
Share a fun fact about yourself!
One fun fact about myself is that I have marched in over twelve Mardi Gras parades with the Tulane University Marching Band!