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Healthy Cougar PAWS Peer Educators

Healthy Cougars Peer Educators


William Burnham
 William Burnham. I am a first year student at CSUSM, and I am a Psychological Science major. A little about myself, I enjoy traveling, and various outside activities. I have been to several places around the world, such as Thailand, United Kingdom, and many more. The outside activities that I enjoy are kayaking, biking, and hiking.

I am very interested in mental health, which explains my aspiration to become a clinical psychologist, more specifically with children and adolescents in crisis stabilization units. As a HOPE & Wellness Center volunteer, I am eager to take on this role because I can now gain experience in the mental health field, which will make me much more prepared for the career that I am pursuing. As a goal, while I am a peer educator, I want to reduce the amount of stigma around mental illness.
Crystal Chavero
 My name is Crystal Chavero, I am a Psychological Science major and Spanish minor. I plan to attend graduate school to then become a certified school psychologist. I enjoy hiking, going to the beach and going on road trips. I also love spending time with friends and family.

I wanted to become a peer educator because I have always had a passion for helping others and I knew this opportunity would allow me to do that. I also wanted to raise awareness on the importance of both physical and mental health by educating my peers as well as others. Another reason for wanting to become a peer educator was because I knew it would also help prepare me for my future career.
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Aliyah Corrao is a first year student working toward a Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a concentration in Physiology. She is also working toward a minor in Women’s Studies. In her free time, Aliyah enjoys visiting beaches around San Diego and using various creative outlets such as oil pastels and paper quilling. She values the importance of family time as well as practicing self care. She is passionate about mental health awareness and inclusive sexual education. She is an active member of the LGBTQIA community and finds value in getting involved in activist movements both big and small. Aliyah is dedicated to Peer Education and hopes to make an impact in the lives of those around her. 


Hi, my name's Joyce. I am currently a third year student at CSUSM majoring in human development. I am also a transfer student from MiraCosta College. 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 as well. As a college student who is diagnosed with a mental illness, I believe it is important to educate others about mental illness, the effect it has on an individual, and what people can do to help. A fun fact about me is that I love to write. I would journal about what I see, the positive and negative experiences I had, and how I feel.

Perla Magana
 My name is Perla Magaña, I am a first year at Cal State San Marcos majoring in Child and Adolescent Development. As a college student I became interested in becoming a peer educator due to the amount of stigma that surrounds Mental illness.

I believe that getting involved in our community is the most effective way to bring awareness and knowledge about how important Mental health is. I aspire to become a Pediatric Psychologist in the near future. I am very honored to be able to have this opportunity to be part of the HOPE & Wellness center. 
Kyra Terry 
Kyra Terry

My name is Kyra Terry. This will be my third year as a Psychological Science major with a minor in Music. I am a California native who enjoys hiking and going to the beach. Being a peer educator interested me because I was curious about mental health and nutrition. I am eager to delve deeper into the topics surrounding mental health. In the future, I hope to be able to assist others with their own mental health by studying neurological processes, so we can move past the barriers our society has put up against mental illness. My goal is to raise awareness and bring it to the forefront of our discussions.

Vanessa Claire
 My name is Vanessa Claire and I am a Psychology major at California State San Marcos. I have been very interested in mental health for most of my life and am very excited to be able to be a part of the HOPE & Wellness Center as a volunteer. In the future I hope to become a psychologist that specializes in mental health. I am very honored to be able to have this opportunity to get more experience in this field and to become more prepared for my future career.