WIT Peer Education

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Wellness Information Team (WIT)

We're excited to announce that we have hired several GVSU students as WIT (Wellness Information Team) Peer Educators for the 2020-2021 school year. You may request presentations on a variety of topics through the RecWell Service Request Form. Be sure to check "Wellness Presentation" on the form and in the "Event description" let us know what type of presentation you are interested in: 8 Dimensions of Wellness, Sexual Health, Nutrition, Stress, Sleep, etc.

 


Meet The Team

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Annie Seeber

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Major: Radiation Therapy

Year: Sophomore

Why did you want to become a Peer Educator? I wanted to become a peer educator so I can help students feel comfortable in their health and help them prioritize themselves so they can have a great experience at GVSU.

Campus Involvement: I work at the Writing Center on campus and am in a volunteer club called Lakers for Change.

Top Tip for Being Well: My top tip for being well is prioritizing mental health!

3 Bucket List Items:

  • Visiting Niagara Falls
  • Naming my future dog Jean Jacket
  • Going skiing in Colorado

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Sofia Hessler

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Major: Public and Nonprofit Administration

Year: Junior

Why did you want to become a Peer Educator? I wanted the opportunity to learn more about how I can sustainably promote health and well-being in my community.

Campus Involvement: I am a co-President or Universities Allied for Essential Medicines which advocates for affordable access to medicines and I am the vice-President of the ACLU chapter on GVSU’s campus. I also work as a student assistant in the Honors College Office.

Top Tip for Being Well: Manage your time well so you can focus your energy on things that give your life meaning & happiness. Be kind and patient with yourself!

3 Bucket List Items:

  • Hike the whole PCT northbound
  • Run a marathon
  • Live abroad for at least one year

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Camryn Lane

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Major: Behavioral Neuroscience

Year: Junior

Why did you want to become a Peer Educator? To help make the GVSU community a healthier and safer place to live

Campus Involvement: Frederik Meijer Honors College, Community relations Officer for the Irish Dance Club

Top Tip for Being Well: Listen to your body!

3 Bucket List Items:

  • Join the peace corps
  • Swim with sharks
  • Become fluent in a second language

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Sonal Subhash Mandale

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Major: Bachelors Degree in Medicine, Masters in Public Health

Year: Grad Student

Why did you want to become a Peer Educator? To create awareness and help students to practice positive health behaviors

Campus Involvement: Graduate Assistant WKKF: GVSU COE BCPS Partners at Grand Valley State University

Top Tip for Being Well: An ounce of prevention, is worth a pound of cure!

3 Bucket List Items:

  • To see the Northern Lights from Alaska
  • To experience Scuba Diving
  • To learn French

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Stella Sterling

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Major: Statistics (Data Science)

Year: Junior

Why did you want to become a Peer Educator? I made a lot of lifestyle changes after struggling through my freshman year, so loved the idea of this program! It's something I wish had been around for me and I hope I can help others in their own personal health journeys.

Campus Involvement: I'm also a Student Ambassador. Maybe I gave you a tour?;)

Top Tip for Being Well: Get a sleep schedule!! If you don't have good sleep you don't have anything- seriously, bad sleeping habits f you up!

3 Bucket List Items:

  • Live abroad after college (Japan?)
  • Learn to surf in the ocean
  • Road trip through the Scottish highlands

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Eva VanWyck

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Major: Clinical Exercise Science

Year: Sophomore

Why did you want to become a Peer Educator? I’m very passionate about the topic of nutrition and I wanted to find a way to help the Laker community!

Campus Involvement: ANCHOR honors council and the Frederick Meijer Honors College mentoring program

3 Bucket List Items:

  • Hike the entirety of the Appalachian trail
  • Sail from Traverse city to Ludington
  • Live in Maine

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Patrick Reinke - Wellness Fieldwork Student

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Major: Exercise science

Year: Senior

Top Tip for Being Well: Find a healthy way to balance Family, Friends, And School.

3 Bucket List Items:

  • Mountain bike in Colorado
  • Ski Colorado
  • Travel to Nepal

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Kiara Hunt - Wellness Intern

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Major: Exercise science

Year: Senior

Why did you want to become an Intern with RecWell? I love educating others on health and wellness and I love motivating people to engage in healthier living styles. I use my peers’ progress as a motivation for me to keep making healthy lifestyle choices as well.

Campus Involvement: I plan to be apart of the pre-PA club.

Top Tip for Being Well: My top tip for being well is to eliminate all things-that you have control over-that negatively effect mentally and physically.

3 Bucket List Items:

  • Swimming with dolphins
  • Meet Beyoncé and Chris Brown
  • Go to Africa

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Ryleigh Emelander - Graduate Student Assistant

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Major: Master of Public Health

Year: Grad Student

Why did you want to become an Student Assistant with RecWell? I love being able to help other people improve their lives, and Recreation and Wellness provides great opportunities for people to improve their health and well-being :)

Top Tip for Being Well: Spend time in nature!

3 Bucket List Items:

  • Visit all of the national parks in the U.S.
  • Visit all 50 states
  • Learn how to surf