I am a 17-year-old college freshman living in New Jersey. In high school, I joined many organizations, but becoming part of the Peer Health Exchange was the best decision of my life. I was always on the lookout for more opportunities to gain valuable life skills such as communication, leadership, and public speaking, and during my senior year of high school, a member of PHE introduced me to the organization, and I instantly knew I wanted to be part of this amazing opportunity.
Participating in PHE has significantly impacted me personally and professionally. I’ve been able to increase my passion, knowledge and comprehension of public health issues. Being a part of PHE has truly given me a sense of purpose and a dedication to serve others. It has also extended my understanding of the many problems that society faces.
I have always been against domestic violence and the impact it causes not only on marriage but also on the children. To gain a better understanding of this topic and to educate others, my group and I created a presentation, "Love Things: A Workshop on Loving Relationships" that we presented via Zoom to people from all across the country. It was awesome to witness the positive impact of my workshop on and the collaboration with PHE and the organization One Love. This collaboration marked a crucial turning point in my journey because it was the first time I had the chance to engage closely with others and establish a safe and welcoming space for open discussions about unhealthy and healthy relationships. The workshop's activities gave participants the chance to interact deeply with the content, which had a long-lasting effect on the way they understood it. This opportunity gave me the chance to improve my public speaking skills while also collaborating with individuals from diverse fields and backgrounds. Working with Community Liaison Yarista Sanchez has been incredibly rewarding and motivating.
In summary, my experience with PHE has been transforming. It has enhanced my abilities, given me greater insight, and given me a strong sense of purpose. Through PHE, I obtained knowledge about public health and actively contributed to enhancing the health and well-being of my community, near and far. I look forward to continuing my journey in public health with newfound dedication and enthusiasm.
PHE has taught me that we can make a genuine difference in our communities and beyond through education, collaboration, and shared commitment to the well-being of others. As a future nurse, I want to do much more than just provide medical care. I want to have the ability to make a significant difference in someone's life. I want to give my patients hope, even if it is at the worst possible time in their lives.
Mehak Saggu (she/her) is a 17-year-old college freshman who lives in NJ. She is involved with Community Health Advocacy and is a selfsea Youth Brand Ambassador. Mehak enjoys working on community projects and engaging with her friends and classmates.