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Between cheetahs and event planning, senior Gavin Waits is finding his place in the world.
Thanks to Berry College’s diverse Work Experience Program, Gavin has had plenty of hands-on experience while pursuing his undergraduate degree in animal science.
He started out as a freshman working in the theater department, then tried the dairy and rose through the ranks to become CEO of Jersey Beef Student Enterprises. He’s also worked in event planning and as an orientation leader for incoming students. Gavin’s
short-term goals involve animal training for dolphins and killer whales with the ultimate goal of working as an educator for an animal-related nonprofit. He credits his Berry work experiences with helping him figure out exactly what he aspires to do: be an ambassador between animals and humans.
“It’s a passion I’ve had my entire life,” says Gavin, who is from Bellville, Ga. “I originally came in as a pre-vet major because I thought that was the only job you could do with animals. After being here and being exposed to different things, it helped me
decide that I didn’t want to be a vet because I didn’t like that side of things. I liked working with the individual animals versus working onthe animals.”
This past summer, Gavin completed an internship with SeaWorld at Busch Gardens Resident Camp in Tampa, Fla. as a camp counselor. There he worked with cheetahs and served as an animal ambassador between cheetahs and the general public. His job was to facilitate
relationships between the students that he was teaching and the animal trainers and animals.
“Being a Berry College freshman orientation leader taught me communication skills and taught me to get out of my comfort zone and make a fool of myself. Animal training involves having a lot of animal experience but it also involves experience talking to people and
educating people because you do serve as an ambassador for an animal that can’t talk.”
-Story by Student Public
Relations Assistant Koren Shetter