Jordan Page has a piece of advice for everyone.
“Do what makes you happiest – even if it’s something crazy,” she said.
Page said she knows her dream of opening her own animal refuge will not become reality without hard work, but she said she’s making decisions that will give her the tools she needs to succeed.
That includes double majoring in biology and entrepreneurship, with an added marketing minor.
“I want to make an animal refuge for endangered animals, so that is why I am doing entrepreneurship to be able to start the business,” Page said. “I put entrepreneurship together with biology and marketing to make things easier so that I can know what is going on in both sides of this company I want to have.”
Page has also decided to get involved on campus. She joined The Wildlife Society last semester and is an active member.
The Wildlife Society has their own conservation efforts, including volunteer projects. They also offer internships to students.
“We do volunteering to help conservation efforts to help out parks around us,” she said.
Page said The Wildlife Society is a great way for her to network and volunteer in her area of interest. In addition, the organization has enabled her to get involved with large national and global animal refuges.
Page plans to start a small shelter with local animals, ultimately building her business into a large refuge with exotic and endangered animals.
“I’m hopefully going to do internships locally at the Kansas City Zoo or the Springfield Zoo,” Page said.
She then plans to travel out of state for larger projects.
“I want to go down to Alabama where they have a refuge zoo that does tons of outreach and helps people understand what they’re doing,” she said.
Another goal is to work at different big cat refuges in places like Oklahoma. Page said she would like to gain many experiences by going to refuges that specialize in different areas in order to obtain ideas for her own shelter.
“I always liked animals and tried to take any hurt animals in,” said Page.
While she considered veterinary school, Page said she decided she wanted to take a unique approach to work with animals. She is confident her support system at UCM can help her.
“UCM is really big on helping you – especially the professors,” she said. “ I can go to them any time, and they’ll help me or get me contacts.”
Last year a professor helped Page get connected with a rehabilitation center. She now volunteers at Lakeside Nature Center on weekends and helps with the care of eagles, coyotes, opossums and other animals.
Page urges everyone to do what they want to do with their college experience.
“Anything you want to do here, you can find somebody that can help you with it,” she said.
PHOTO BY BETHANY SHERROW / REPORTER Jordan Page cuddles with an unnamed kitten studied earlier in the day in a zoology class which is currently reviewing mammals.
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