Coral Gables senior Kamila Garcia Marchant has a love for animals. So much so, she hopes to become a veterinarian. To help achieve her goal, she volunteers at a veterinary clinic at least once a week. She also volunteered for two months helping a horse vet during the summer of 2012.
“I do horseback riding and I have some friends at some stables. They told me there was a vet and I asked if he needed help. That is how we ended up working during the summer,” she said. “He is also the vet who checks the horses that compete in shows at Tropical Park.”
Garcia worked as an assistant, helping the vet take care of his equipment and helping keep the horses calm.
“Since I have experience with horses — I’ve been doing horseback riding since I’m 13 — I would help him with his stuff and take care of the patient before and after.”
At the vet where she volunteers now she mostly works with dogs and cats.
Garcia has only been in the U.S. for a few years. She emigrated from Poland her sophomore year. Her parents decided that it was important for her to attend high school in the U.S. and they had family in Miami.
“They decided it would be a nice change. To see a different culture,” she said. “My Polish family is not that big. And for my studies, they wanted to see if it’s easier for me in the U.S.
Garcia is in the Health, Law and Public Service Academy at school, doing the pre-med program.
In Poland, she took marine science, chemistry and biology in middle school so taking Advance Placement chemistry and biology seems easy to her.
She’s applying to the University of Florida, University of Central Florida, University of Miami and Florida International University.
As busy as she is, Garcia finds time to play varsity volleyball and participate in a number of clubs, including Interact, National Honor Society, French Club and Drama Club.
— Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld