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Alexalis Santiago


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My biggest dream is to help animals in need. Along the way, I aim to spread kindness and fun. I will always be open-minded when facing the world.


Columbia High School

High School
2020 - 2024


  • Desired degree level:

    Doctoral degree program (PhD, MD, JD, etc.)

  • Majors of interest:

    • Veterinary/Animal Health Technologies/Technicians
    • Biology, General
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:


    • Dream career goals:

      Build my own veterinary clinic

      Keep Her Dream Alive Scholarship
      First and foremost, learning about the story of Jackie Cazares broke my heart. I have always felt the pain deep in my soul when I hear about the wrongful things that should never even happen in this day and age, and I extend my condolences. In addition, Jackie's big dreams remind me of myself, a Puerto Rican girl who has always felt a special connection with animals and is still dreaming of becoming a veterinarian who will own an extensive and successful animal sanctuary in the far future. I have always found that it is my purpose to care for animals who do not have caregivers, such as homeless or elderly pets, because if we don't care for them, then who will? It's a sad reality that they can't constantly fend for themself. Back when I was a little kid, I couldn't wrap my head around the idea of why there were so many homeless animals on the streets of Puerto Rico. I always wanted to adopt one of the homeless dogs as a child, but we could only afford to house our cat, Mimi, in our tiny apartment. Now, as an adult, I can see that many of those animals were either abandoned or born into homelessness, and an even more significant portion of them were likely very sick. And even with the kindness of Puerto Ricans, who always put out food for these animals daily, it can never be enough. There are still so many animals around the world in need of care, and I know it is our responsibility to advocate for these creatures and speak for them when they need our help. If there is one significant detail I must include to wrap up my experience with this topic, it would be how I discovered that showing kindness to everything affects animals in the long run. Throughout my life, I learned from my mentors that acts of kindness can lead to significant change in the world. Then, I realized how it can spread, so I significantly increased how I showed compassion to people, animals, and even objects. Generosity like this will positively impact society, causing hundreds, even thousands, of people to learn and perform acts of kindness daily. In the end, these wholesome acts of service are the sole reason why there are so many wonderful people around the world who will support animals. This is my experience and an explanation of why I know pursuing veterinary science is my purpose, I will aid so many helpless animals with this education.