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Peer Educators

John
John
I'm serving as the Mental Health Educator for College of San Mateo. I am starting my third year counseling intern in the Personal Counseling Department. I am working towards receiving my license as Marriage and Family Therapist. I offer personal and confidential counseling for students who are dealing with any sort of transition or change in their lives. In addition to CSM, for the past year I have been working one day a week as a crisis counselor at the Santa Clara Suicide and Crisis Hotline. I find it so rewarding to see how so many of our callers benefit by having the chance to just talk through their challenges with another caring person. I lived in Japan for over 10 years. Having lived abroad for many years, I understand what it was like for me to transition to another country and culture, and then transitioning back to my own country of origin after having been away for so long. Because of this experience, I am particularly interested in working with multi-ethnic families, international students, couples, and first generation students. I am excited about the mental health grant the College of San Mateo received. Our peer education program will help us to educate our campus community to address the many myths and stigmas that prevent students from getting the help and support they need. I am extremely excited about our team of peer educators who bring big hearts and a diversity of life experiences to share with their fellow students. Too many people suffer alone. We all need a helping hand from time to time. Please reach out to the peer education team. You are not alone! You can contact me at ecksteinj@smccd.edu.
Zoey
Zoey
I just finished my first year at College of San Mateo. I am majoring in Psychology but also might be majoring in Organic Chemistry with a minor in Ecology. I am planning to transfer to a 4-year college once I am done with all my general education here at CSM. I want to work as a social worker in either a Juvenile Hall or in an Adolescent Psych Unit at a hospital. Also, sometime in my future I want to own my own winery. We all can dream right? The reason I love my job is because I had severe depression when I was younger and went through a very hard time for the majority of my life, especially through my teenage years. I had to deal with many issues that came up because of my depression but I have learned many things from it which inspires me to want to help others who are going through similar things I went through. Being a Peer Educator is an amazing experience and we all are here just to help other students and help lessen the negative stigma on mental health. It's healthy to vent and it's normal to talk someone, but most people believe that there is something wrong with them if they seek help. That is why we're here on campus to inform people that this idea is not true. We have a wonderful group of people who are all excited to help. Feel free to contact us at anytime!
Ana-Marie
Ana-Marie
Hi! I am currently a student at College of San Mateo majoring in communications and planning to minor in counseling. I plan to transfer to a 4-year college and pursue my dreams of working with people. I also have an interest in studying writing, mainly creative writing and poetry. I think any form of writing is a great form of expression. I have found it a satisfying and healthy way of relieving some stress. Being a peer educator is important to me because I wish I had found this kind of support program when I was going through personal struggles of my own and felt I had no support. Anyone can benefit from learning more about the options open to them if they need help or want to talk to someone. It's a good feeling knowing someone cares, someone will listen, and someone has gone through similar experiences. Sometimes things get really difficult and we could use someone to talk to about all our uncertainties and worries. I truly believe just getting more information about available help will ease a little load off your shoulders. We, as peer educators, and as people with a genuine caring quality, will do our best to help you and to rid any apprehension you may face with seeking help. Many have a fear of being negatively labeled if they were to admit they need help. But it is perfectly healthy to realize some things can get too big to carry on your own. But you're not alone, we are here to help with no judgement and no heavy expectations. We are just peers who want to reach out and offer the kind of support that we know is needed. If you have any questions or want to know more, don't hesitate to contact any of us. We are here for you!
Edda
Edda
I'm currently enrolled in my fourth year of community college and I will be transferring next year to a local university with a degree in Psychology and Social Sciences. During this time, I am hoping to help my fellow students to become involved with self-discovery, encourage healthy daily habits, and healthy fun activities. I want to help others to discover their personal empowerment because I changed my life ever since I discovered mine. As a former ESL student (English as Second Language), I understand the struggle many people have in adapting to change. I have been residing in California for the past seven years. I have had many challenges, and at times have found myself to be unbalanced and even confused. I couldn't have found my balance in life and achieved my current personal goals without the support of friends and the CSM campus community. I understand that many students can feel a little uncomfortable about seeking support. Seeking encouragement changed my life and I hope other students can do the same for themselves. CSM offers great services but they are completely meaningless if students do not take advantage of them. These are our student benefits and we should use them. I'm happy to be here because being a Peer Educator is giving me the opportunity to make new friends, to help students, to provide important information, and to enroll in fun activities. I hope students can find me to be friendly, supportive, fun, and trustworthy. I'm am looking forward to my role as a CSM Health Educator!
Chiaki
Chiaki
Hi, I've been studying at CSM for two years. I began at CSM as an ESL (English as a Second Language). I now am majoring in kinesiology and am planning to transfer to four year college to become a physical therapist. I have a physical therapist license in Japan and worked for eight years. To utilize my experience, I'm also volunteering in ataptive physical education classes which offer assistance to students with physical limitations. I moved to California from Japan four years ago. I struggled to adapt to a new culture and environment. However, thanks to my family, friends,and professor's, I overcame many hardships, especially when I was depressed. As I peer educator, I'd like to help other people who are suffering as I was in the past. Many students don't like to be open about when they are going through hard times. However you can open yourself to someone who cares, understands, and shares your feelings. We are here to listen to you.
Patrick
Patrick
Hello my name is Patrick. I am a currently at CSM studying psychology with plans to transfer to UCSC. When I first began my college studies, I thought that I knew exactly what I wanted to do, which was pursuing a career in Mechanical Engineering. After the first year of engineering classes, I decided that engineering was not for me. I then took a couple of semesters off of school and did not really know if I wanted to go back. I then met with a therapist to talk about my life. We talked about many subjects, which included current events in my life, opinions I had in general, events from my childhood and many more. Through talking to my therapist, I began to gain a motivation that got me back into school and working hard again. Now I have gone from a guy that was thinking about just working at a gas station or the equivalent of that for the rest of my life, to being a CSM student with plans to transfer to UC Santa Cruz and hopefully attend grad school there as well. Therapy worked for me and through this peer mentor program, I hope that I will be able to assist other students in being able to find ways to improve their lives as much as I have, or even more!
Mario
Mario
I am a graduate of Moreau High School in Hayward and found College of San Mateo to be a solid alternative to going to a CSU or UC for general education while saving money. I have had a great experience at CSM, and through two years, I have been fortunate to have some great professors, counselors, and friends who have helped me on my journey to receiving my degree. I have always had a passion in giving back to the community, which is reflected in my experiences growing up. I look forward to transferring to San Francisco State University. In my spare time, I enjoys spending time with family and friends and playing soccer.
Ty
Ty
I have been at a student at CSM for one year. Because of my life experiences, I am very interested in social justice issues. I have had family members who have been in jail and have had to learn first hand how disruptive and painful this has been for me and for our family to endure. Because of this experience I have always been motivated to make good decisions and to be a role model and motivator for my younger brothers. I want to show them that anything is possible. I currently am studying Justice Administration and hope to transfer to San Jose State in order to work towards my first goal of becoming a parole officer. I then hope to take the next step to become a social worker working with young people in juvenile system. Being a peer educator is a great opportunity to reach out and help fellow students who are going through a lot in life. Sometimes all someone needs is the chance to talk and to share what is going on inside of them. I have learned that keeping the hurt and anger balled up inside is not a healthy way to deal with issues and challenges. Through the Peer Educator program, CSM students will have a better chance to connect with peers who really care. I look forward to this chance to help my fellow peers at CSM
Michelle
Michelle
As an international student, I understand how important it is for international students to realize that they need to be able to ask for help and support when they need it. Because we are so far from home and families, we don't have friends, relatives, or know who or how to ask if we are feeling stressed dues to pressures from school, culture shock, homesickness, or sadness. As a student adviser in high school, one of my responsibilities was to help my classmates deal with their personal problems. As Chinese students, we had much stress from the school, our families and the society. As a result, I usually played a role as a listener. When I first came to CSM, I felt helpless and alone. Although the international student center helped me a lot, I still had to deal with feeling alone. I hope that I can help create activities that will help new international students feel less alone and more connected with other students. We also need to let international student know how to reach out for help and support when they need it. As a peer mentor I hope to be someone who can help support other students. I am interested in learning more about counseling and am very interested in studying early childhood development. I really love this opportunity to become a peer educator!
Michelle
Tim
I am majoring in Computer Science. I am studying programming, web development, graphic design, and photography extensively. I am also passionate about peer support and counseling. Like many of us, I have gone through my own ups-and-downs in my life dealing with conditions related to what is called "bipolar" and "depression". No matter what mental health labels are applied, I know that there is always a person behind the label. Because I have gone through this myself, I can really relate and understand the challenges many students face. Helping my fellow students, particularly those with challenges, is important to me. It helps me as well. The counseling services that are available here at CSM have helped me immensely. Fortunately, the information and support that is available now is so much better than it was years ago! Also the stigma associated with mental health is decreasing. That is a really important part of my job; reducing stigma! Being a Peer Educator is a great experience because I can connect with fellow students, spread awareness, provide resources, reduce stigma and help support the CSM Active Minds Club -- a club focused on reducing the stigma related to mental illness. You can often find me wearing my Pink Peer Educator Shirt at the Peer Table in Bay View Dining Room. I am here to listen and to help.