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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Faculty of Health Science Peer Leaders

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Senior Peer Leaders

Amrutha and Anna are Senior Peer Leaders
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Amrutha

Amrutha

Program: Kinesiology 

Year: Third

Favourite class: HLSC 3475, Intro to Injury Management. This is my favourite class as I am highly interested in learning about the human body, preventing injury as well as treating it!

Hobbies/interests: Singing, playing the violin and flute, Ridgebacks Women's Rowing Team 

Career aspiration: To work in the healthcare field

Why I became a Peer Leader: During my first year of university, both music and sports helped me manage my stress, to a certain extent, and helped me feel less anxious about university. But music and sports wasn’t enough to help me throughout my first year. My Peer Leader was the one who truly helped me get through and helped me stay motivated throughout. As a Peer Leader in the previous year, my goal was to do the same for my mentees. I had the opportunity to encourage, motivate and help my mentees realize their potential throughout the year. Since I enjoyed my time as a Peer Leader, I decided to take on a new role that will give me the opportunity to share my experiences and lessons learned to other Peer Leaders. Therefore, I will be taking on the role of a Senior Peer Leader this year and I’m very excited!  As a Senior Peer leader, I hope to guide my Peer Leaders throughout their journey and mentor them in establishing a rapport with their mentees, and essentially encourage them to build a meaningful bond with their mentees. I am eagerly waiting to support my Peer Leaders, and I can’t wait to see all that the Peer Leader program accomplishes!
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Anna

Anna

Program: Human Health Science

Year: Fourth

Favourite class: HLSC 2400U Intro to Movement Neuroscience AND HLSC 2465U Anatomy and Physiology III: Both of these classes had amazing professors and the content was really engaging.  A&P was overall a great course because Donna Smeeton's lectures and labs were always entertaining!

Hobbies/interests: I enjoy doing yoga, and recently took up running which has been a fun but daunting challenge! I spend my time outside of classes highly involved in extracurriculars on campus in clubs (ie: Blood Services), societies (ie: Health Science Society), and I also choose to volunteer as both a Student Ambassador and a Senior Peer Leader. I love watching Netflix shows (Friends and the Office are always on repeat in my apartment!), and mostly I like to spend days off relaxing with friends and family.

Career aspiration: My goal is to simply help people and bring about positive change in my community, how I go about doing this may change over time, but the hope is that I end up working in the healthcare field focusing on oncology research or genetic counselling.

Why I became a Peer Leader: I became a Peer Leader to help motivate and engage the incoming students in the extracurricular atmosphere on campus. Being closely connected not only to those in your program but those who share an interest in similar hobbies or volunteer work can motivate you, which makes for a more well-rounded university experience. I also greatly benefit from the program because as a Peer Leader I have been able to meet like-minded individuals and make really strong and lasting friendships.

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Abigail

Abigail

Program: Health Science, 

Year: Fourth

Favourite class: HLSC 3905 - This class piqued my interest in epidemiology through the engaging coursework and professor 

Hobbies/interests: Spending time with my family, outdoor activities such as hiking and camping, crime and nature documentaries. I just recently got a dog, so most of my time now is spent with him. 

Career aspiration: Hopefully a career in epidemiology. 

Why I became a Peer Leader: I had a tough time in my first year of university because I did not seek the help provided. Therefore, I wanted to help others transition smoothly into their new environment and have a memorable first year.

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Adrianna

Adrianna

Program: Health Science

Year: Third

Favourite class: Microbiology 

Hobbies/interests: Tennis, Reading 

Career aspiration: Respiratory Therapist 

Why I became a Peer Leader: I want to get involved in campus and help newcomers navigate through their first experiences of university. I wanted to guide students, which is something I did not have in my first year.

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Amber

Amber

Program: Health Science

Year: Second

Favourite class: So far Anatomy & Physiology has been my favourite class. This is because I enjoy challenging myself with the content and learning new parts about the human body. 

Hobbies/interests: I enjoy swimming and camping and hanging out with friends and family. 

Career aspiration: I hope to pursue a career in the health care field. 

Why I became a Peer Leader: I became a Peer Leader to help new students feel welcome at Ontario Tech. When I first came to campus I was scared and didn't know my way around. I look forward to being there for other first-year students and being involved on campus!

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Tara

Tara

Program: Kinesiology

Year: Second

Favourite class: Anatomy & Physiology 

Hobbies/interests: Rowing and mountain biking

Career aspiration: Chiropractor

Why I became a Peer Leader: I had a really great Peer Leader and first-year experience and was looking for a way to be involved in the Ontario Tech community and give back!

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Alex

Alex

Program: Nursing

Favourite class: Foundations I & II

Hobbies/interests: I love to spend time outdoors with my children. I also enjoy artistic projects and reading.

Career aspiration: I would like to work in palliative care. I would like to specialize in Geriatrics throughout my career and I plan to always be learning!

Why I became a Peer Leader: I became a Peer Leader because I had a peer leader in my first year and she was very helpful (we actually became friends). I really enjoy helping others and easing the transition into nursing school.

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Sunya

Sunya 

Program: Human Health Science

Year: Second

Favourite Class: Principle of Infection and Prevention Control - Enjoyed the content taught and the professor was super funny and engaging!

Hobbies/interests: Reading books, going on walks 

Career aspiration: Any profession in healthcare!

Why I became a Peer Leader: My Peer Leader really helped me get through my first year of university! I want to do the same to help incoming students with their transition into university.

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Annika

Annika

Program: Health Science

Year: Second

Favourite class: Anatomy & Physiology I & II - I find every aspect of this course fascinating. I love learning about the human body, and it's incredible functions. Everything taught in this class correlates to my future aspirations and aligned with my academic passions.

Hobbies/interests: I am a total adventurer. Exploring the world and being in nature is a huge passion of mine. I enjoy hiking, mountain biking, and skiing. I also love getting involved in the community!

Career aspiration: Although there are many areas in the healthcare field that I find interest in, currently, I aspire to work as a pediatric occupational therapist.

Why I became a Peer Leader: I enjoy being part of a leadership community that focuses strongly on helping others achieve their goals. I love to get involved in the community, and I believe that the peer leader team is an excellent fit for me, as I am passionate about guiding others forward and spreading a positive light.
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Areej

Areej 

Program: Public Health Science

Year: Fourth

Favourite class: HLSC 4803- Global Health- This is one of my favourite classes because the content was very interesting, and made me further appreciate the importance of recognizing and improving health on a global basis. The professor was also very kind and ensured that the class lectures were engaging and fun to attend. 

Hobbies/interests: Artistic activities such as painting and colouring; watching scary movies; camping and evening walks; hanging out with friends, and a recent interest in baking!

Career aspiration: I would love to work in the public health field, more specifically with a major health organization such as WHO, as I find their work very exciting, but also significant to population health worldwide. 

Why I became a Peer Leader: I became a peer leader because having one in my first year was extremely helpful, and allowed me to have an easier transition into university life. I would like to provide someone with that same help and positive experience, as it is helpful for them, and in a sense very rewarding.
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Sarah

Sarah

Program: Nursing

Favourite class: Foundations of Nursing - This was where we got to learn all of our hands-on skills in a lab environment. 

Hobbies/interests: I like to play sports, hang out with my friends and my puppy (Murphy), and also travel.  

Career aspiration: I aspire to be a NICU or an OR nurse.

Why I became a Peer Leader: I became a Peer Leader because I wanted to give back to a program that once supported me as a first-year student. I feel as though I have had a lot of experiences at the university that I can share with incoming students to help them with their transition to uni life. I know how overwhelming it can be going to University for the first time but also how wonderful it feels to have someone supporting you the whole way that knows exactly what it is you are going through. I also just really love to meet new people, it brings me so much joy!

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Chika

Chika 

Program: Kinesiology

Year: Fourth

Favourite class: HLSC 3470U - Kine I: Anatomy of Human Movement. I really enjoyed this course because it was very interactive and the content was really interesting, so it made me work harder. The lab for this class is one of the best in the Kine program.

Hobbies/interests: Reading books, watching TV, exercise, and dancing

Career aspiration: I'm not really sure! Still exploring my options and trying to find my passion.

Why I became a Peer Leader: I became a peer leader because I wanted to become more involved in campus life, and also meet people and learn new things.
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Claire

Claire

Program: Medical Laboratory Science

Year: Second year

Favourite class: Foundations in Clinical Biochemistry! I love learning about what makes our bodies work the way they do. 

Hobbies/interests: My hobbies include playing the ukulele, embroidering, and dragon boating. I also like to take my dog on walks in nature. 

Career aspiration: I want to work as a lab technologist in a hospital.

Why I became a Peer Leader: I became a peer leader because I want to help support students who are away from home for the first time. Transitioning into university life can be nerve-wracking and challenging and no one should have to do it alone!
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Danielle

Danielle 

Program: Public Health Science 

Year: Third

Favourite class: HLSC 2130U - Public Health Microbiology. This class was my favourite because the content in the course was so interesting and the professor was so passionate about the content which made it even easier when trying to learn it.

Hobbies/interests: Exercising, baking, and watching TV

Career aspiration: To find a secure job I love in public health.

Why I became a Peer Leader: I became a peer leader to help others get involved and make their first-year experience the best it can be!
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Elnaz

Elnaz  

Program: Human Health Science

Year: Second

Favourite class: MATH 1010U Calculus I - This class was definitely one of my favourites because of how active the class was. There were so many opportunities to get part marks to boost your mark. A lot of practice is given in tutorials and in lectures.  

Hobbies/interests: Playing soccer, playing animal crossing, reading, swimming and I love nature and animals

Career aspiration: Pursue the medical field and be a pediatrician

Why I became a Peer Leader: I know the feeling of a sudden change and entering somewhere new. I was confused and scared but with the help of my peer leader, I was able to get through it. I want to do the same for someone because I have definitely been there!

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Emma

Emma 

Program: Public Health

Year: Third

Favourite class: Public Health with Wally Bartfay! This class has been my favorite so far because it was very interactive and engaging and I found the material interesting because of how it applies to our daily lives. 

Hobbies/interests: Travelling

Career aspiration: Doctor, not sure what specialty yet!

Why I became a Peer Leader: I became a peer leader because I had such a good experience as a mentee in my first year at OntarioTech. I wanted to keep the momentum going by being the best peer leader I could be for incoming students so they could have the same awesome experience I did. 

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Haaris

Haaris 

Program: Human Health Sciences

Year: Third

Favourite class: HLSC 2465U - Anatomy and Physiology III - This was one of my favourite classes because it was organized so well. You get to learn about how the human body works and it's really easy to follow.

Hobbies/interests: Playing Soccer, biking, and computers

Career aspiration: Work in the medical field

Why I became a Peer Leader: I became a peer leader because It is a great way to get involved with new students. Incoming students might have many questions, and I wanted to be able to help them as much as I could.
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Hala

Hala 

Program: Human Health Science

Year: Third

Favourite class: HLSC 3800 Critical Appraisal of Statistics for the Health Sciences - This is a favourite course of mine as I got to use my problem-solving skills and was able to learn how to use a Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) to complete advanced calculations.

SSCI 2900 Research Methods & SSCI 2920 Qualitative Research Methods - If you are looking for social science electives to take, I strongly recommend taking these two courses specifically with Dr. Vivian Stamatopoulos. She is one of the best professors at Ontario Tech and I would definitely take a course with her again if I could!

Hobbies/interests: I really enjoy playing tennis, sketching, singing, as well as reading a good fictional novel during my spare time.

Career aspiration: I aspire to become a pediatrician one day that specializes in diagnosing and treating children with type one diabetes.

Why I became a Peer Leader: I personally found my transition into university to be quite challenging, however, having a mentee at the time who was a Peer Leader did help me to find and access various resources on campus. Furthermore, I became a Peer Leader to help students by giving genuine advice as well as be able to share my experiences and knowledge about the clubs, resources, and services at Ontario Tech to help them succeed during their transition.
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Tello

Tello

Program: Nursing

Favourite class: Maternity 

Hobbies/interests: I love to watch movies with family. My interests include anything nursing related that involves policy changes, leadership activities/initiatives.

Career aspiration: Registered Nursing

Why I became a Peer Leader: I believe the knowledge I have gained throughout will be helpful to pass on to incoming students. I have tips on how to study for certain courses, how to get involved in nursing, and quite frankly any nursing related questions.

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Jezelle

Jezelle

Program: Medical Laboratory Science

Year: Second

Favourite class: MATH1880U - This class is the best I've ever had in my first year because the Prof is so sweet that we can really feel how much she cares for us. She also tells us funny stories and her class is so engaging, making it a very stress-free class. Its tutorial class is great too!

Hobbies/interests: Table Tennis, photography, design, reading, walking, and watching YouTube.

Career aspiration: To own a successful healthcare business

Why I became a Peer Leader: I wanted to be a Peer Leader because I want to have that sense of community, gain confidence and be able to help others in the best way possible using the right resources that are provided by our school.
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Kat

Kat

Favourite class: Anatomy and Physiology 

Hobbies/interests: Dance and photography

Career aspiration: Paediatrician

Why I became a Peer Leader: To help new students transition and have a friendly face/friend to go too if they need help with anything in their transition. My experience in first year was very stressful and felt lonely and I want to make sure no one feels the way I did.
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Lauren

Lauren

Program: Kinesiology

Year: Fourth

Favourite class: HLSC4401 Motor Behaviour & Developmental Disabilities - one of my favourite classes as the content is interesting & the prof is amazing and super engaging

Hobbies/interests: hiking, working out, playing with my puppy Luna, cooking, hockey, 

Career aspiration: Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Why I became a Peer Leader: I struggled with the transition into University and want to be able to help make the transition for other students easier! I also had a fantastic leader when I was in first year who helped me greatly.
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Lena

Lena 

Program: Kinesiology

Year: Second

Favourite class: HLSC 1812U Socio-cultural Perspectives on Physical Activity & Health - This class was one of my favourites because it was kinesiology specific and the content was intriguing and practical but also really got you thinking and approaching topics more critically 

Hobbies/interests: Playing baseball and going swimming, playing board games, and spending time with my friends

Career aspiration: To become a chiropractor 

Why I became a Peer Leader: I became a Peer Leader because I wanted to be more involved on campus and I like helping people. My peer leader was very helpful first year for a variety of reasons but it was nice knowing that I had someone I could go to to ask questions and I hope to be able to support others and make them feel like they have somewhere they can turn.
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Liyah

Liyah 

Program: Public Health

Year: Second

Favourite class: Biology I

Hobbies/interests: Basketball, spending time with family, cooking/baking, and fitness 

Career aspiration: Pediatrician 

Why I became a Peer Leader: I enjoy being in clubs and helping in any way around the school, I love just always having something other than school to keep me occupied which the peer leader position will help me do. As well as my peer leader helped me navigate throughout my first year so hopefully I can do the same.

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Mahmooda

Mahmooda

Program: Kinesiology

Year: Fourth

Favourite class: HLSC 2480U Exercise Biochemistry - This is one of my favourite class because I loved the concepts that I was learning in this course. Also, the professor explained the materials so well that I loved attending the classes and learning about the different aspects of biochemistry. 

Hobbies/interests: One of my hobbies is baking. I also love photography, enjoy hiking, or nature walks.

Career aspiration: I will be doing research in kinesiology related fields.

Why I became a Peer Leader: I have been a peer-leader since my second year. It has helped me grow personally and it improved my leadership skills. I also enjoy the whole process of being a peer-leader. It helps me feel more connected to the university and makes me feel like I have the responsibility of representing the university in a positive way.

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Maryam

Maryam

Program: Health Science

Year: Second

Favourite class: Psychology - This class piqued my interest in how the mind works and the professor teaching this course went into great detail that helped me better understand some difficult concepts. 

Hobbies/ interests: Drawing/painting, jogging, driving with music

Career aspiration: Assuming a leadership position in the health science field.

Why I became a Peer Leader: By meeting my Peer Leader during first year, I noticed that knowing someone makes the transition to university a little easier. I want to give incoming students resources and assurance that will help them throughout their years of study.
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Moemin

Moemin 

Program: Human Health Services

Year: Third

Favourite class: BIOL 1020U - I've always had a passion to learn about life around me! Climate change was my favourite topic to learn about considering its relevance nowadays.

Hobbies/interests: video editing, graphic design, playing video games, soccer

Career aspiration: Physician

Why I became a Peer Leader: I understand that there are several students who are very lost when they first come to university, after all, I was one of those students! I'd like to help these students adjust to the university environment and ensure that their transition is not one that brings discomfort.

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Monica

Monica 

Program: Health Science, Human Specialization

Year: Second

Favourite class: HLSC 1811U Social Determinants of Health- I found this course super interesting in a way that I could relate the material to life around me, the professor also made the class very engaging and fun! I also liked HLSC 1200- Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 and 2 - I found the material very interesting and the way the professor teaches it relating the material to life and stories is very engaging.

Hobbies/interests: Reading, biking, baking, occasionally painting/drawing 

Career aspiration: To work in the health care field and help others

Why I became a Peer Leader: I became a Peer Leader because my Peer Leader helped me so much when I started first year at Ontario Tech University. Now I want to help someone else the same way!

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Nimra

Nimra 

Program: Human Health

Year: Third

Favourite class: Functions of Clinical Biochemistry 

Hobbies/interests: Reading 

Career aspiration: Dentistry

Why I became a Peer Leader: To help first years just like my peer leader helped me
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Nora

Nora

Program: Public Health Science

Year: Second

Favourite class: HLSC 1810U - health promotion and healthy active living. this is one of my favourite class because the professor is very fun and the content of the course is very relatable to our everyday life, so it is easy to understand and it's applicable.

Hobbies/interests: reading, watching dramas, sleeping, talking with my family and friends

Career aspiration: I aspire to work for a health agency

Why I became a Peer Leader: I became a peer leader to give back and get involved in campus activities. getting involved in campus is a lot of fun.

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Olivia

Olivia 

Program: Human Health Sciences

Year: Second

Favourite class: Anatomy and Physiology! I love learning about how incredible and intricate the human body is.

Hobbies/interests: Swimming and reading

Career aspiration: I hope to become a pediatrician

Why I became a Peer Leader: My peer leader first year helped me become more comfortable with the transition to university and my classes. I want to help incoming students just as my peer leader helped me.
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Quinlan

Quinlan 

Program: Human Health Science

Year: Fourth

Favourite class: Cancer Biology was one of my favourite classes because I thought it was really neat that we were able to learn about many different cancers. This class was also great because it included labs that really supplemented my learning!

Hobbies/interests: Photography, Reading and Volunteering

Career aspiration: I aspire to work in the medical field! I currently plan to attend graduate school as I want to complete a Masters.

Why I became a Peer Leader: I became a Peer Leader because I wanted to be involved on campus so that I could make new friends and help others transition smoothly to our University!
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Rebecca

Rebecca 

Program: Human Health Science

Year: Third

Favourite class: Intro to Canadian Health care! An amazing class with a truly inspiring professor. Very eye-opening!

Hobbies/interests: I enjoy baking and photography

Career aspiration: I aspire to be a pediatrician one day!

Why I became a Peer Leader: I became a peer leader because without the leaders I had in my first year I would have had a much harder time, I would love to pay forward what they did for me to new incoming students.
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Riley

Riley

Program: Nursing

Year: Fourth

Favourite class: Anatomy & Physiology and High Acuity Nursing

Hobbies/interests: Reading, exercising, hanging out with friends, Long sunny drives :)

Career aspiration: ICU nurse and eventually nurse practitioner!

Why I became a Peer Leader: I am passionate about mentorship, I know how valuable this can be in a demanding program like nursing. Having someone who is a safe place to go to makes all the difference in the first year of the program!

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Samer

Samer

Program: Health Sciences

Year: Second

Favourite class: HLSC 1201U - This class is my favourite because I get to learn in-depth about the human body and how is functions

Hobbies/interests: Fishing, playing hockey, running

Career aspiration: Work in the medical field

Why I became a Peer Leader: I was able to learn a lot from my peer leader. I wanted to share my experience and advice to others so they have a seamless transition to the university lifestyle.

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Samyah

Samyah

Program: Public Health Science

Year: Fourth

Favourite class: HLSC 4803 Global Health - This is my favourite class because I enjoyed learning about diseases on a global scale and the different factors that affect an individual's health in different parts of the world. I also enjoyed the teaching style of this professor and found the content very fascinating!

Hobbies/interests: My hobbies include traveling, playing board games with friends and family, listening to Kpop and watching Korean Variety Shows and sports, such as soccer, badminton, and kayaking

Career aspiration: working for a non-profit organization doing fieldwork, serving the community, and helping to create more sustainable ways of living.

Why I became a Peer Leader: I became a Peer Leader because I enjoyed my first-year experience and wanted to provide the same for other students. I had a great time at my orientation and wanted to create great memories for incoming students. I also enjoy helping and supporting students in ways I am able to and I find the peer leader program a great way for me to fulfill the desire to do the same.