Daniela Zavala grew up in Arlington, Texas. She attended Texas Tech University where she graduated with a degree in Psychology and Spanish. Daniela will be going to Lawrence, Massachusetts working at Lawrence Catholic Academy. She is looking forward to exploring her faith and spending time with her community.
I, Daniela Zavala, commit myself to be an Augustinian Volunteer, to be open minded and to be patient in times of struggle.
Share one of your favorite quotes.
“You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.” Benjamin Mee
How did you develop a passion for service?
The reason I developed a passion for service is mainly because of my parents. They started a small toy drive that quickly grew with the help of our parish. My family and I go to Mexico every Christmas and give the donated items to small towns in San Luis Potosi. We started when I was fairly young but as I got older, I could see and feel the impact we had on those families. This background allowed me to find other ways to volunteer and help communities grow.
Name one of your favorite musical artists.
What’s a favorite book of yours or a recent book you’ve read?
I’ve been reading the Harry Potter series for the first time and I love it!
Share an issue you’re passionate about and explain why.
I hope that we as a nation strive to do better. That we work together to put all our differences aside and that we can begin to treat each other with respect. During my last year at Texas Tech, I was able visit an art exhibit that replicated the children detention centers found in the United States. It had handwritten testimonies of experiences, as well as videos of families grieving. Immigration is such a complex topic but giving children their basic human needs should not be a debate.
Best moment as an AV to date?
Getting to spend an entire day at Seabrook Beach.
What do you like most about living in your new city so far?
I love how homey it feels.
One word that describes your community-living experience is…