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LSC PEER EDUCATOR SPOTLIGHTS: JENNA, AMANDA, MEGAN!

Name: Jenna Nicole Wood

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1st Semester Peer Educator

Human Development Major with a Health Science Minor

How being a peer educator is beneficial to your future?

Jenna has high hopes to work in the realm of human services and health promotion and she knows that being a peer educator will really help her develop the skills she needs in the near future.  “I think being a peer educator will be a good stepping stone into my future career path by allowing me to collaborate on various projects, expand on my ability to work in teams, and allow me to talk and help my peers here on campus.”

Why did you become a peer educator?

Jenna became a peer educator for a variety of reasons. The first reason Jenna applied for the position is because she really wanted to gain experience. As a peer educator, you are required to complete 120 hours of class related activity. Jenna knew that this experience would be a great attribute to her resume! She also just wanted to try new things! She thought it was important to try this out just to figure out if she wanted a future career in this general direction.

What does being a peer educator mean to you?

Jenna explained that being a peer educator means, “putting your best foot forward and trying to help where you can.” She always tries to be a resource to her friends and the people around her. Her main purpose is to “be someone reliable who people know they can trust if they need help.” Jenna is always willing to help anyone out anywhere and anytime!

What’s a fun fact?

Jenna has a huge family full of animals! She owns six cats, four dogs, and one turtle. She’s pretty sure she is allergic to them all EXCEPT the turtle. She laughs though because she’s positive the turtle hates her. Lol!!

Our next peer educator is Amanda Ebrahim!

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1st Semester Peer Educator

Broadcasting and Mass Communications Major

How being a peer educator is beneficial to your future?

Amanda says that being a peer educator has helped her strengthen her communication skills. “It allows me to branch out and talk to people all over campus about different topics and issues that may be uncomfortable. So, it has definitely taught me how to handle different conversations better.” Since Amanda is a Broadcasting and Mass Communications major, she knows her whole career is going to be based around communication. Every opportunity she gets to strengthen her communication skills she will take advantage of because it will aid to her success in the nearby future.

Why did you become a peer educator?

Amanda saw it as an opportunity to be able to have an impact on campus and to be a part of something positive. “The Lifestyles Center has such a positive image surrounding it and it’s awesome to have the opportunity to be part of something like that.”

What does being a peer educator mean to you?

Amanda says that being a peer educator means being a friend and an educator to students on campus. It’s an important to educate students on campus about current issues that are happening.

What’s a fun fact?

Amanda has her own radio show with her roommate on campus! The radio show is distributed through the WNYO student run organization on campus.

 

Megan Tuohey – THAT’S ME!

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1st Semester Peer Educator

Public Justice Major and Broadcasting and Mass Communications Major

How being a peer educator is beneficial to my future career?

Being a peer educator helps me develop skills that I will need later on down the road. It really helps me grow intellectually as a person. I’ve strengthened my leadership and communication skills, it’s contributed to my positive personality, and I’ve really learned to love giving back to the community.

Why did I become a peer educator?

I became a peer educator because of the awesome secretary at the front desk named Pattie Miller. She now works as the secretary for the Counseling Center and she is super awesome. I met her last year and she encouraged me to do community service and just help out the community as much as possible. I couldn’t have made a better choice!

What does being a peer educator mean to you?

Being a peer educator means giving back to the community. It’s promoting health and wellness throughout our campus and really making sure people are aware of a myriad of social issues that are happening. I just try to do the best I can, I try not to be a bystander, I try to make people feel comfortable, and I really hope I can be a person to rely on in a time of need!

What’s a fun fact?

I LOVE DOGS. My favorite kind is the golden retriever!!I love everything about dogs and they are the best thing to ever happen in this world, that is all.

 

Written by Megan Tuohey, Peer Educator

Photo Cred: Megan, Amanda, Jenna