Have you applied to be a peer helper next academic year?
Keter Choi is a third-year child studies student.
When I first started University, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. It was all just part of the plan – graduate high school, go to university, get married, have kids…you get the idea. But as cheesy as it sounds, for me, that’s the journey that truly matters, which is why I choose to get as involved as I could on campus.
I am an overachiever, and often bite off more than I can chew. While studying at Carleton, I started working a part-time job, joined a sorority, became an executive for the Child Studies Society and became a peer helper.
Since then, my role with the Peer Helper Program has been one of my favourite extracurriculars. It has opened so many doors and provided me with many different opportunities and learning experiences.
Being as busy as I am, I realized it was important for me to prioritize what I could handle – and I certainly made being a peer helper a priority. I worked as an English Conversation Facilitator and I’ve made lots of friends and learned about varying international experiences. I’ve also learned so much about different cultures. More importantly, I’ve learned new study skills, through the observation of study skill workshops, and by making new friends with study skill facilitators, that I can definitely put to use; such as time management, note-taking and group work.
There are so many perks to being a peer helper (and I’m not just talking about the $250 honorarium you get at the end of the semester), I’m talking about lasting friendships and lifelong skills. So if you’re reading this is and you’ve just applied to be a peer helper for the next academic year, get excited for all the opportunities coming your way!