LSC PEER EDUCATOR SPOTLIGHTS: SASHA, ERIN, ANGELICA!
All About Sasha:
Interviewed by: Angelica Perez
- Tell me about yourself (involvement on campus, hobbies and interests) Sasha is a senior, majoring in English and minoring in Human Development. Other than being a Peer Educator, Sasha is a senior advisor of the Black Student Union, and she works for ResLife. Hobbies: Sasha likes to keep busy. She loves supporting other organizations. Although Sasha enjoys the action of writing, she does not like writing stories. (She likes taking notes.)
- Why did you become a Peer Educator? Initially, she wanted to do something different other than being a part of ALANA (African, Latino, Asian, Native American). She was in BSU (Black Student Union) for three years, so she wanted to step out of her comfort zone. In addition, Sasha’s favorite piece from the Lifestyles Center is Toilet Talk. She has been looking forward to writing for Toilet Talk and now she does!
- How would you put your Peer Educator skills to use in the future (career-wise)? Sasha plans to become a high school English teacher. With the skills she has learned from being a part of the Lifestyles Center, she plans to be an advisor to students in life and with any general assistance that they need. She would love to help and inspire her future students
- In your opinion, what makes a good Peer Educator? “There are two ends of the spectrum for me”. One side is someone who is outgoing and friendly and comfortable speaking with people they do not know. The other end is people who want to be involved and do not know where to start. They have to be willing to learn and wanting to grow.
- What is your favorite thing about being a Peer Educator or about the Lifestyles Center?Besides Toilet Talk, Sasha loves the positive reactions that she gets during her Red Wagon Outreach. For example, people get excited about the prizes that they win. People get excited about stickers! She says that we should be happy about that because we are receiving positive feedback. “Open Mic Night is really fun”. Sasha did not really get to go to Open Mic Night throughout her college career until now. She says that Open Mic has a comfortable atmosphere. Sasha thinks it is nice seeing her classmates and others perform their talents.
All About Erin:
Interviewed by: Angelica Perez
- Tell me about yourself (involvement on campus, hobbies and interests) Erin is a sophomore, majoring in Adolescent Education, and concentrating in social studies. Apart from being a Peer Educator, Erin’s time is occupied from taking a lot of classes this Fall 2016 semester. Additionally, she is in RUSH Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed community-service oriented Greek organization. Aside from her involvement on campus, Erin likes to read, write and cook. She loves to cook when she does not have anything to do, so she looks up food recipes. Since cooking is calming to her, she finds it good for her well-being.
- Why did you become a Peer Educator? Erin became a Peer Educator because she has friends who were former Peer Educators. To Erin, they made representing Lifestyles seem like a lot of fun. One particular friend, Joanna Springall, pushed Erin to become a Peer Educator, for she was a former writer for Toilet Talk. Furthermore, Erin really loves Open Mic since it is really fun!
- How would you put your Peer Educator skills to use in the future (career-wise)? Since Erin is an Adolescent Education major, she would like to bring a safe space in the classroom. During her Peer Education training, she learned to actively listen and deal with uncomfortable situations. Erin knows that as a teacher the students must feel comfortable around their teachers, or else they would not be in a healthy learning environment.
- In your opinion, what makes a good Peer Educator? Erin says a good Peer Educator is one who is comfortable talking to strangers. To Erin, being confident in your knowledge is key to gaining other people’s trust. Also, just being a positive person by showing the school that there are other things to do other than partaking in dangerous/risky behaviors. For instance, her favorite thing to do on the weekend is going to the Shawn Cassidy Improv Show. She has found a group of good people to be around at Shawn Cassidy, and she plans on sticking around with them throughout her college career.
- What is your favorite thing about being a Peer Educator or about the Lifestyles Center? Erin’s favorite thing about being a Peer Educator is being a positive influence on campus. For example, the residents that live on her floor know that she is a Peer Educator, and they are constantly asking her about the various resources around campus. Erin loves that the Lifestyles Center provide resources that are readily available and easy to get. Lastly, Erin appreciates that Peer Educators are truly genuine and comfortable, which are important qualities to such a role as this.
All About Angelica:
Interviewed by: Angelica Perez
- Tell me about yourself (involvement on campus, hobbies and interests) Angelica is a junior, majoring in Philosophy-Psychology, and minoring in French and Biology. Apart from being a Peer Educator, she works as a desk attendant in two different locations on campus. Additionally, she is a note-taker for one of her classes. Angelica is also the treasurer for an organization called, Brothers and Sisters in Christ. Her hobbies include reading, listening to music, and practicing TaeKwonDo.
- Why did you become a Peer Educator? Angelica became a Peer Educator for the sake of learning and passing on knowledge, with creativity. However, she probably would have not been a Peer Educator without the encouragement of Stacy Palacios and Helen Banjoko, two former and amazing Peer Educators!
- How would you put your Peer Educator skills to use in the future (career-wise)? Although Angelica still is not sure about the career path she would like to pursue, she knows that her Peer Education training is applicable to life’s situations. Thus, she promises to put her Peer Education skills to use when friends and other students need advice about resources on campus.
- What is your favorite thing about being a Peer Educator or about the Lifestyles Center? Angelica’s favorite thing about being a Peer Educator is giving back to the community. It sounds corny, but the Lifestyles Center does offer many volunteer opportunities to its Peer Educators and students in general. For instance, we table, hang up posters, and help run events. So, I like how being a Peer Educator gives me a reason to move about the school and see new people.
- In your opinion, what makes a good Peer Educator? Angelica thinks someone who has a passion for people and well-being makes a good Peer Educator. With that passion, you can still be yourself and reach out to as many people that open themselves up to you. Also, Angelica recommends to live a healthy lifestyle so that you may be a good role model to others. 🙂
Written by Angelica Perez, Peer Educator
Photo Cred: Angelica, Erin, Sasha