DREAM CHASER SPOTLIGHT: ERIKA PETERSON 💥
AAC wants to feature its' community of dreamers - this week is Erika! 💥
Travel often – I wasn’t able to study abroad due to COVID-19 so I have a huge travel itch.
Own a house in California.
Have a career that fulfills my life’s purpose.
Go camping with family and/or friends once a month.
Learn to ask for help as easily as I offer it.
Strive for higher education in the form of a master’s degree.
DRINK MORE WATER.
Connect more with my professors – build more of a relationship.
How have you been during COVID?
Truthfully, I have not been living my best life. More of a dying rather than thriving type of situation going on over here. Balancing college life online is a MESS. It has not been the year I think any of us expected but it is comforting to know I’m not alone. I was really excited that AAC decided to create this community.
What are you up to?
After being let go from my on-campus job I found a new job working at the urgent cares across San Diego county. My position entail screening patients for COVID-19 before they enter the buildings and assisting medical staff with patients in the outdoor respiratory clinic. If I’m not at work, then I’m at my desk! I am a senior at San Diego State University studying public health.
Story you want to share:
I have been going back and forth deciding what I wanted to share. Let’s get personal AAC family, I was diagnosed with papillary thyroid carcinoma in 2017. For those who don’t know, your thyroid is a gland that is responsible for hormone production. I was in the mists of my community college career and BAM. Navigating treatment options and PowerPoint projects was incredibly difficult. I honestly don’t know how I managed it all. Threeish years later, I’m doing amazing sweetie. Moral of the story you are so much stronger than you think you are. College is hectic but you are so resilient. No matter what obstacles you are faced with just know there are so many students dealing with the same issues. You aren’t alone!
Favorite activity to do during COVID:
SHOPPING! Small flex - I finished my Christmas shopping two weeks ago (today is 11/25).
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