Volunteer Shout-Out: Yosan Worota!

Meet one of our summer interns, Yosan Worota! She first got involved as an intern this June and has been supporting the Twin Cities Vegan Chef Challenge in August and planning for our Annual Banquet, “Spreading Our Wings” on August 15.

Read more about what she’s been up to with CAA this summer and her other interests below!

What are you focusing on this summer? What CAA event are you most looking forward to?

In addition to the Vegan Chef Challenge, I am also looking forward to our 2020 Banquet. There are fun and exciting activities planned for our 2020 Banquet and I am ecstatic and looking forward to it! Additionally, I can’t wait to see what types of unique dishes will be created and offered by multiple restaurants.

What do you like to do when you’re not working on CAA programs?

Currently, I have been spending my free time making oil paintings. I have also been baking a lot, especially a fruit tart cake!

When you were moving toward a plant-based lifestyle, what were three things that made a difference for you? 

One of the most important things is finding a reason to why you have planned to lead a plant-based lifestyle from all angles of life. Although for me, empathy for animals and leading a healthy lifestyle mainly fueled me to partake in this journey; I am also a Christian, whose love for the book of Genesis has evoked me to carry out humans’ responsibility as stewards of the Earth and everything in it.  Additionally, I am a biology major and my time as one constantly reminds me of the fragility of an ecosystem. Altogether, finding reasons in all angles of my life have aided me in transitioning to a plant-based lifestyle.

What are three tips you have for new vegans?

  1. Find a vegan guide with detailed meal options for at least 21 days. Especially during this pandemic, anxiety, boredom, tiredness can lead us to revert back into an old and familiar lifestyle. 
  2. Overexpose yourself to everything that has to do with a vegan lifestyle until that lifestyle becomes a default.
  3. Lastly, here is a quote I always go back to when aiming for a specific goal: “Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8.”

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