Over the next few weeks we’ll be introducing you to our awesome student peer educators, starting with Sammy Step:
Name / Year / Major: Sammy Step/ ’18/ Psychology and Art History Minor
Home: Los Angeles, CA
Favorite WW Resource: My favorite WW resource is actually Office Hours. I think it’s wonderful that almost any day, students can come in to the office to just hang out and eat chocolate, or to have a conversation, or receive advice or support from a peer-ed, another member of their community.
Share something you enjoy about being a peer ed: The community!! All the peer-eds are so kind and interesting in different ways, and I feel incredibly lucky to get to interact with such amazing, giving individuals. I get to learn so much from everyone I work with. I also love having the opportunity to meet and share conversations with students who go here that I wouldn’t meet otherwise. WW feels like a very open space for people, and I enjoy getting to be involved in that.
What is your favorite way to practice self care? I love to cook for self care! Cooking for me feels both very methodical and creative in a way which centers me and calms me down. I can also do it alone or with friends, and at the end I (hopefully) have something really delicious that I can feel proud of and enjoy.
What are you really excited about right now? Right now, I’m excited about birds! I recently learned about complex speech patterns between birds, and I also learned that birds have much denser brains than we generally think. In other words, birds maybe have a more complex consciousness than we (or at least I) thought! Birds are beautiful and have so many different colors and they can fly! Also, separately from my interest, my suite mate hung a poster of birds in our kitchen that reads “give wing to your wild side” so I’m embracing that as my new motto.
Name: Emma Toner
Major: Psychology and Sociology
Hometown: Belmont, MA
Favorite WW workshop/program/event: “Let’s Talk About…” (a sex positive fair previously called Cuntfidence) — I know that speaking so candidly about sex, sexuality, menstruation, etc. can be intimidating for some people, so I was really excited to be involved in creating a space and event that (hopefully!) made those conversations feel a little bit easier.
Favorite WW office resource: Can I say the couches/overall comfiness? It’s amazing just knowing that there’s always a comfortable and welcoming place where I can hang out on campus between classes or after a long day. I’ve also had the opportunity to have so many thoughtful conversations on those couches during workshops and life with other peer eds and students!
Favorite way of practicing self-care: I like doing different breathing exercises or guided meditations, especially at night when I’m falling asleep. Also, I know those adult coloring books are everywhere, but they’re seriously very soothing!
Part of an ongoing series–see previous entries here.
Over the next few weeks we’ll be introducing you to our awesome student peer educators, starting with senior Sarika Kumar:
Sarika + our program director Jessica, in matching polka dots.
Name / year / major /: Sarika Kumar/ 2016/ Urban Studies and Environmental Science
Where you’re from: Syosset, New York
Favorite WW program: Wednesday Craft Nights!
Something you enjoy about being a peer ed: I enjoy being apart of a community that places self-care and love at its forefront. Whether I’m in the office with peer-eds or other students, everyone collectively helps create an energy that channels learning, curiosity, and appreciation.
Favorite WW office resource: The stress sticks and amazing library! Overall, whenever I’m in the office, Well Woman’s calming ambiance just makes my day better.
Favorite way of practicing self care: Releasing emotion and tension through writing and drawing! Daily, I try to stay hydrated and get enough sleep.