HOPE & Wellness Student Assistants & Interns
|Hi my name is Patty Garcia I am a senior and I will be graduating this year with a
Bachelors in Biology and a Concentration in Physiology. I am currently a Pathmaker
Intern (Spanish Interpreter) at the Palomar Hospital. Throughout my years here at
I have done Research in Dr. Read’s lab and have presented my research at CSUSM poster
showcases. I have volunteered for the
Hope and Wellness Center since my freshman year. Currently I am an events coordinator
here at the center. I am very happy to be closing my last semester as a student assistant,
helping raise awareness about Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence as well letting
my peers know the resources that are offered on and off campus. Being a part of the
Healthy Cougars team has helped me grow as a student and as a person. I hope that
my participation in this program has and will help many students struggling with issues
about sexual health and mental health. My goal this year is to take my AOT and enter
Peer Educators (Interns)
|I am a 5th year student at California State University San Marcos who is graduating
in the spring of 2018 with a Bachelors in Sociology. I hope to become an asset to
helping those suffering from mental illness within my career. I am passionate about
helping individuals come to an understanding that mental health does not discriminate.
I believe that with a little bit of education and communication, together we can annihilate
the various stigmas of mental illness!
|Jessica Tolentino is a senior majoring in psychology and is expected to graduate this
Spring 2018. She loves to learn about health in general, but more specifically, psychological
disorders. Jessica is very passionate about helping others and reducing the stigma
of mental illnesses. In her free time, she loves to go to the gym or decorate and
organize her planner.
|Content hereKylie, soon to be a graduate of CSUSM, 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 will
graduate as a member of the Gamma Sigma Alpha honor society this May with a degree
in Human Development-Health Sciences, and wishes to continue her education here at
CSUSM getting a masters in public health. 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 need.
|Kylie grew up in Minnesota, but loves calling San Diego her permanent home now. She
is a senior and will graduate in may with a degree in Human Development. She hopes
to enter into a Master of Social Work program after graduation, but is open and ready
to whatever life throws at her. She has the travel bug and wants to experience every
country in Central and South America in order to further her passion in Spanish. She
loves coffee and has found it necessary in order to succeed in college. She would
consider herself a people person and values healthy relationships. Kylie will be interning
and working specifically with sexual education in order to spread awareness and provide
hope and resources. She has first hand experienced the challenges that college and
life can bring you and has found the importance of having a place like the H.O.P.E.
and Wellness Center to help you navigate through life.
|My name is Makayla Peterson. I am a 5th year student and graduating this Spring with
a Bachelors in Kinesiology with a concentration of Health Science. Outside of school,
I am a Certified Nurses Assistant and enjoy listening to music. I wanted to become
a Peer Educator for the Hope and Wellness center because I am strongly passionate
about building a support system for individuals. This internship will allow me to
help my fellow peers in providing the proper avenues for all issues of personal health
and well-being as well as bringing awareness to health literacy among young adults.
|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
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.
|Tina is a fourth year student who is looking forward to graduating in the spring with
a Bachelor's in Human Development. She believes that having good physical health and
strong mental health is essential to being a successful college student and she hopes
she can help her fellow Cougars in reaching their full potential through education
and support. After graduation, Tina will take a gap year to work and travel while
preparing for nursing school. When she is not studying or working with her fellow
peer educators at the H.O.P.E. and Wellness Center, Tina can be found eating tacos,
hiking in LA county, watching movies with her boyfriend or catching up with her mom.
|I’m Valerie. I am graduating this May with a degree in Human Development. I’m originally
from the Bay Area and came down to Southern California for school. I would definitely
like to stay down here because I love being so close to the beach. I enjoy hanging
out with friends, cooking and baking new recipes, and doing fun, spontaneous things.
I am a member of Apha Xi Delta and I love all the fundraising we do for our philanthropy,
Autism Speaks. After I graduate, I would like to pursue another degree in Nursing.
|My name is Veronica Alvarez I was born in San Diego and lived there for about 8 years
before I moved to Hemet. I am a first generation college student, which makes me extremely
proud. I have a family who has always been very supportive of my decisions. I am majoring
in Human Development and minoring in Spanish. I work on campus and I am a part of
the Greek community. I will be graduating this spring and receiving my bachelors.
The thought of graduating in only a few months brings me feelings or excitement, accomplishment
and it also saddens me because of all the wonderful people I have met. My experience
at CSUSM has been very stressful at times, but extremely rewarding. I will forever
cherish everything I have learned and all of the friendships I made. I wanted to become
a peer educator because mental health and health in general is very important. I want
to spread awareness and make a difference in a person’s life. I believe that in order
for a person to be successful they need to have good mental, physical, emotional,
social and spiritual health. As a peer educator I hope to steer my peers in the right
direction and be someone they can come to.