HOPE & Wellness Student Assistants & Interns
Graduate Student Peer Intern
| Kylie, a graduate student in the MPH program, was raised on an avocado orchard in
Ramona, CA. She attended Ramona High School where she participated in cheerleading,
NJROTC and was a competitive gymnast. Upon graduation she was accepted into CSUSM
where she became a member of Delta Zeta and now holds the “Pink goes green” chair,
helping her sorority be more sustainable and environmentally conscious. Kylie graduated
as a member of the Gamma Sigma Alpha honor society past May with a degree in Human
Development-Health Sciences, and is continuing her education here at CSUSM in a masters
in public health program. Kylie is a kind young lady with positive outlook on life
and a great sense of humor. She has an open mind and is willing to help anyone in
Peer Educators (Interns)
|My name is Nicole Bliss and I am a 4th year Psychology major. I wanted to become a
peer educator because I have a passion for helping people and I wanted the opportunity
to be a resource for my peers. I think this opportunity will give me the chance to
become familiar with mental health topics and allow me to support and educate my peers,
which will be helpful for my career path. After graduation this Spring I am looking
to go into a graduate program for a Masters in Social Work!
| My name is Melissa Canales. I am a fourth year Human Development major, with a concentration
in Health Services. I have a passion for advocacy, food, traveling, and helping others.
As a peer educator, I hope to give other students encouragement and the knowledge
that they are not alone in their struggles because there is an entire campus community
here to help them. At the end of this year I will be applying for the Accelerated
Nursing Program with the goal of becoming a travel nurse.
| Hi my name is Mykayla Goetz and I am a senior at CSUSM and will be graduating with
a Bachelor's in Psychological Science this upcoming May. I plan to attend graduate
school to pursue a concentration in Health Psychology and Public Health. I am passionate
about encouraging the overall health of my peers and loved ones!
I am also a research assistant for a Psychology Lab working with preschool aged children
and their families to analyze typical moods and behaviors of this age range. I am
excited to be a Peer Educator to further support and encourage those around me in
anyway I can. I hope to encourage health to be seen as a combination of factors in
one's life, including mental health. I also want to provide a framework for understanding
how we can better ourselves and our communities through having knowledge on living
healthily and mindfully!
| My name is Alyssa Idos, I was born and raised in the beautiful country of the Philippines,
but now I reside in San Diego, California. I am a fourth year Human Development student
with an emphasis on Health Services and a first generation college student. I currently
work with children between the ages of 2 to 5 years old and have volunteered at Kaiser
Permanente in the Urgent Care Department. This shows how passionate I am on dedicating
my time to helping others.
During my free time I enjoy playing instruments, making music, reading, watching Netflix,
and traveling. Though I am still young and working towards my career, I am striving
to be able to work in healthcare or in a hospital setting with the intent to accomplish
my life goal of creating a positive change in as many people as I can. Through this
journey as an intern and peer educator for the Hope and Wellness Center, I want to
expand my knowledge, give back to my college community through support and resources,
and in the end, be able to make lifelong positive connections.
|Mike is a senior student who will graduate in Spring with a Bachelor’s in Sociology
and a concentration in Health, Education, and Welfare. He hopes to enter into our
Master’s of Public Health program after graduation to further his commitment to help
promote healthy behaviors and practices. His dedication to help others stems from
both internal and external experiences while serving as a Marine in the military,
as well as his personal endeavors with family, friends, and communities.
As a first-generation college student, Mike does not underestimate the power of education
and loves to learn about anyone or anything! He enjoys that consistent pursuit to
grow more wise in the the process and the self-reflection that results. Mike is currently
studying to also be certified as an accredited American Council on Exercise (ACE)
Personal Trainer and dreams to one day work in law for health research and policy.
In his free time, you can find him either working out at the gyms nearby, hanging
out with his brothers of Sigma Chi, reading comics such as Sandman or Dark Knights:
Metal, or trying new, delicious foods around San Diego.
|Hi my name is Yessica . I am currently in my last semester at CSUSM majoring in Human
Development with a minor in Spanish. I love spreading smiles and being a part of a
helpful change. I also love going on hikes, working out, being creative, drawing,
and listening to Banda . The reason I became a Peer Educator is because I want to
raise awareness of mental health to fellow students and reduce the stigma or any stereotype
that is behind it.
I also want to make a difference on campus. I want to help shine light on topics that
are tough to talk about and begin a conversation to spread awareness. As a college
student who has experienced Anxiety, Depression, Eating Disorders and Assault I believe
it is important to educate others about the effect it has on an individual, and what
people can do to help. I'm very excited to help spread awareness and positivity this
| My name is Linda Puebla. I am majoring in Psychology in hopes to become a marriage
family counselor. I want to be a marriage and family counselor because, being a daughter
of two marines I did struggle with my mental health when I was younger and my therapist
helped me tremendously. I can only hope I can make a difference in someone’s life
as my therapist did for me.
I am a transfer student from MiraCosta. I plan to graduate CSUSM in the spring of
2020. My goal is to transfer to UC Berkeley after my time here at CSUSM. I decided
to go to CSUSM not only for their amazing psychology program but also for a sense
of community. My hobbies include reading, dancing, and kickboxing. My identities include
being a big sister, granddaughter, daughter, and Grey’s Anatomy enthusiast.
| Hi my name is Tamara Robinson, I’m working towards my bachelors in Kinesiology with
an emphasis on Health Science at Cal State San Marcos University on the Temecula campus.
This is my last semester and I wanted to become a peer educator to be involved on
main campus and to pursue my compassion for helping people through raising awareness
in Mental and Physical health, Stress Management, Sexual health, Mindful practices
and other information that the Wellness center offers to further support students
I had major surgery on my knee in high school and it lead me into physical therapy
where emotional support allowed me to overcome my struggles. As a result, I discovered
the importance for physical and mental health and worked as an aide under the physical
therapist who helped me. This allowed me to pass it forward and support the community
going through rehabilitation. During my free time I like to try new food and binge
watching Netflix. I hope to serve fellow students to the best of my ability and be
a resource to understand how to better our lifestyle choices!
|My name is Noelle Tyson and I am a third year at CSUSM studying biology with an emphasis
in pre-medicine. I hope to be accepted into medical school next year and continue
my path in becoming a doctor. I am involved in several on campus organizations including
Pre-Optometry society, where I hold the positions of secretary and media head. I also
work as a student assistant in Kellogg Library. I love interacting with people, going
for runs or hikes, and overall being surrounded by my peers.
|My name is Megan Young. I am a working toward a baccalaureate in Psychology with an
emphasis towards mental and physical health. I have had epilepsy since I was 3 years
of age, which is the underlying reason I am interested in the well-being of others
as well as myself. Due to many hardships in my life, ranging from sexual violence
to mental and physical health issues, I feel I could be a great advocate for both;
although I feel I could be an advocate for both, my primary interest is in mental
Mental health has been my primary interest because of my trials and tribulations with
epilepsy in tandem with depression and anxiety, which can be emotionally and physically
debilitating. I believe being a peer educator would provide a voice for fellow students
who have experienced some form of mental and physical health difficulties that feel
they cannot share, as well as information on how to cope with what they feel, and
helping students understand that they are not alone.