by Madison Moore ’15
Many students enroll at Delaware Valley College for the strong animal-related programs. While this may be true for Sam Cohen ’14, there is more to his story. Cohen knew that DelVal would help him teach, learn and pursue his interest in animals throughout all four years of school.
As a zoo science major, Cohen was limited on where he could go to school. Since he wanted a small school that would give him the best experience in his field, he chose DelVal.
Cohen decided to get involved with a variety of clubs and organizations. He is an RA in Centennial Hall, president of the Student Government Board, and president of Positive Awareness of Wildlife and Zoos (PAWZ), a club that dedicates their time to educating people on wildlife and captive animals. He was also recognized with the National Residence Hall Honorary, an honorary that is given to those who have proven to be leaders in residence halls.
Besides the clubs he is involved with on campus, Cohen also interns at organizations that relate more closely to his major. He has worked at Busch Gardens Theme Park in Tampa, Fla., for three summers, and he was able to spend time with children and the animals.
Cohen said that all of his involvement in school and internships will help him get a job when he graduates.
“In the zoo world you need internships to get a job, but to get internships you need prior experience,” said Cohen.
His involvement with zoos does not stop, however, and last winter break he spent his time at the Buffalo Zoo, working with gorillas.
After college, his dream is to work at Busch Gardens, but before he settles down in a career he wants to travel to Asia to help the Bornean orangutan. Bornean orangutans are suffering a loss of their habitats and are declining in numbers.
“I want to do as much as I can before I get tied down,” said Cohen.
Although Cohen has a lot more to learn in college, he is excited to go out and show people his passion, and educate others on animals. Since he is a “people” person, Cohen thinks he is fit for the job.
“If someone doesn’t educate people on the state of the environment and animals, it won’t change,” said Cohen. “If you care about an animal, you love it, and when you love something, you will want to save it.”