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HOPE & Wellness Interns

Healthy Cougars

Graduate Student Peer Health Advisors 

Michael Jones

Mike is a graduate student in the Master's of Public Health program. He graduated in the Spring with a Bachelor’s in Sociology and a concentration in Health, Education, and Welfare. He is committed 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


Alejandra Gonzalez-Zuniga
Alejandra Gonzalez-Zuniga

Hi, I'm Alejandra and I am a first-year graduate student at the University of San Diego earning my Masters Degree in Higher Education Leadership. My career goal is to work in higher education to work with students that are a part of underserved and underrepresented populations and work towards equity in education and ultimately, social justice. 

I enjoy working out and being active, bullet journaling, DIY projects, making music playlists Currently, I have over 20 plants! Potting, repotting, trimming, and taking care of my plants is how I practice self care.


Megan Young Megan Young

My name is Megan Young. I am a  graduate student in the Master's of Social Work program. I graduated with a Bachelor's in Psychology in spring 2019.  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 health. 

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.

    Peer Educators (Interns)

Maryann AldawaffMaryann Aldawaf



My name is Maryann and I am a junior studying biochemistry. I am interested in learning more about mental health and my career goals include becoming a medical doctor or a health researcher. In my free time I like to listen to music, do exercises and watch movies/series.



Cindy RamirezCindy Ramirez

Hi! My name is Cindy Ramirez, I am a first-generation college student, majoring in Biology, currently in my senior year of college. I identify as Latina, woman in STEM and my pronouns are she/her/hers. My future goals are to go to medical school and become a Sports Medicine Physician. Outside of school my hobbies include sunset watching, spending time with family and friends and playing/watching soccer.

The reason why I joined the Health Cougars team is because I am dedicated on sharing the importance of physical health and nutrition to the CSUSM community. Before college, I considered myself an athlete therefore, I focused a lot on my physical health and what I ate. However, due to many injuries and my commitment to education I forgot about the importance of good nutrition and physical health. That’s why I am extremely happy and excited to be a Healthy Cougar because I am committed on helping you and others live a much happy and healthier life.


Dazie MillerDazie Miller


Hi everyone, I am Dazie and I am a 3rd year student here at CSUSM majoring in psychology. After I get my bachelor's degree I am planning on getting a master's degree to become a Marriage and Family Therapist and opening my own practice.  I am super excited to have this opportunity to connect with my peers, educate, and help reduce the stigma that mental health is surrounded by. 


Emily MillerEmily Miller

Hello! My name is Emily Miller, and I am a senior at CSUSM majoring in Human Development with an emphasis in Health Services, and minoring in Global Studies. I have a passion for creating healthier communities, and hope to do just that after I graduate. Outside of school, my hobbies consist of hiking, painting, snowboarding, rock climbing and going to get coffee. 

I'm excited to help you become your healthiest self.