“When I got to Elizabethtown, I fully intended to be a teacher. That’s actually why I picked this school, because I thought I wanted to do Elementary Education. I’d picked it because I love kids, and I loved working with kids. Plus, people always used to look at me and just kind of assume that’s what I was going to do, you know? But anyways, I got here, and just first day of classes dropped out of the Ed major. Now I’m doing Social Work and it feels a lot more right. Like, I’m really excited to get out into the field now, and I’m excited to go to classes. Plus I don’t need to be good at simple math to be a social worker…. Which is good.”
Miranda Kaniela Vares was born to Gwen and David Vares on June 13th, 1997. She grew up in Dauphin County her entire life, going to the county’s elementary school, middle school, and high school, ultimately heading off to Elizabethtown College.
As stated in the above paragraph, Miranda initially hoped to become a teacher but quickly realized it was not the career choice for her. In place of this, she took up social work because she wanted to help others in the community and she realized she could assist more in issues that she is truly passionate about, unlike a teacher whom has certain restraints. She also currently is working on a minor in Women and Genders Studies.
Miranda has a multitude of hobbies in her life, but one she has always pursued is dancing. She started dancing at the age of four, specializing in ballet. She was once asked to do tap dance but she simply described it as “noisy ballet.” Even now at Elizabethtown College, Miranda still dances in the school’s highly popular group, Emotion. Her favorite performance thus far has been for the song ‘Sparkling Diamonds,’ choreographed by Kendra Fix and Kayla Hall.
Another passion of Miranda’s is her beloved cat named Kismet. Miranda adopted Kismet at the age of 7 while she was in first grade. Ever since, they have been an inseparable duo when she is at home, constantly caring for and entertaining the cat. Miranda also has a lovely dog, a puli, whom she got in third grade named Zuzu who double-times as the home’s local mop.
In accordance with Miranda’s dedication to wanting to help others, she is also a lifeguard at two separate pools, Spring Valley and The Reserves at Hershey. She became a lifeguard at the age of sixteen.
In her relaxation time, she loves watching movies, especially with her all-time favorite actor/singer the late David Bowie. She has had her heart broken once in her entire life, and that came last year with the passing of the musician’s death. She sort of misses Prince too.
All-in-all, Miranda is a very passionate person when it comes to helping others. This is clearly present in her social work major, utmost care of her cat, and her summertime career as a lifeguard for multiple swimming establishments.