Position: AHSS Rep
I’m a third-year psychology student from the Midwest region of the USA and I moved to Dublin for my undergraduate studies. In addition to my international student status, I was also born with a unique medical condition resulting in bilateral deafness (I’m deaf in both ears) and blindness in one eye. I wear hearing implants to hear and I communicate through speech. However, my familiarity with disabilities are not limited to hearing and vision difficulties. I also have first-hand experience with clinically diagnosed mental, intellectual, and developmental conditions. I’m also a continuing S2S mentor. I had the pleasure of being an S2S mentor for first-year psychology students. As you can tell, I loved S2S mentoring so much that I decided to increase my involvement with the Student 2 Student service by becoming a peer supporter and joining the S2S committee as the AHSS Rep. Although they are endless, some reasons why I became grew my involvement with the S2S service was to continue providing unconditional support to students by giving a confidential and nonjudgmental space to be heard, valued, and validated. Everyone within the university has a unique story, yet I truly believe the best thing about peer support is allowing students to be heard, understood, and valued when no one else will listen.