Hi, my name is Angie Zavala. I dream to be a marine biologist. Meeting with Joey Soto inspired me because she taught me to keep my mind open and work for what I love to do. Even though she didn’t think of being an environmental planner all her life she knew she would do well in whatever she studied for. At a young age she worked with her father, a landscape architect, and liked to water the plants and see how they absorbed the water so fast. She loved to travel and learn about new cultures. Joey went to South Australia for a year to study there. Joey went through some struggles as an environmental planner because there are not that many women in her field, but that’s not all. She also has to work with a lot of technology and, of course, science. Being an environmental planner also involves being very creative but this doesn’t always allow her to express her creativity.
At the age of 22 she went to UCSB . To be an environmental planner she had to take different courses like Chemistry, Biology and many other arts and science classes too. Joey’s favorite class was geography because this class involves a lot of work with the environment.
At UCSB she got her bachelors and undergrad, which took four years to accomplish. Joey also won the Santa Barbara Foundation writing competition and is a published author on environmental law.
Some important and inspiring quotes from Joey are, “To protect the outdoors, you have to work indoors”, and “It takes a creative mind to drive technical design, it takes a creative mind to make something work for the community and help the environment. This is also called multi-benefit.”
So to Joey I would love to say thank you for a wonderful day, I am very grateful that you got to be my mentor. I hope to see you soon and spend some time together again. OOHH and don’t forget GO GREENDAY!!!!!