Peer Health Educator

Hey y’all! My name is Elise, and I use she/hers pronouns. I am going to be a sophomore at UW this year and am hoping to major in public health on a pre-med track:) In my spare time I love reading, watching Netflix (my latest binge has been How to Get Away with Murder), and having jam sessions with my sister! I became a peer health educator to gain the skills needed to promote a more positive campus atmosphere- which is even more critical now that most classes are online! What I found rewarding about this job is that while I was learning how to ensure my fellow peers’ well-being, I learned many new skills that I could apply to my personal life. These are especially useful when handling the daily stressors which come with being bundled up in a two-bedroom apartment with four people and two rowdy dogs 24/7 ;). To me, well-being is a lifestyle in which you both physically and emotionally have the strength to overcome life’s obstacles with a growth mindset. Having good health and well-being means that you implement self-care habits into your daily routine and surround yourself with people who support you. A strength of mine is taking a “Buddhist” approach to life. When times are tough, it helps me to remain calm, take deep breaths, and look towards solutions rather than dwelling on the problems. This approach has helped me realize that I simply have no control over certain issues, and instead of stressing about them, I must focus on what I can change. Something that has helped me practice resilience during COVID has been building stronger relationships with my family by exploring Georgia’s parks together, going on evening runs together, and finding new, exciting board games to play together!