"Hello! My name is Sydney Barnett, I will be a junior here at Westfield State. My major is Political Science with a minor in Criminal Justice, with hopes to further onto law school and become a lawyer. I love shopping, getting my nails done, spending time with my friends and being around my family. I'm excited to be part of the Summer Bridge Program, meet new people, and be part of the Urban Education community. I enjoy learning about my peers and growing with them to have an amazing experience here at Westfield State."
"Assisting Students has turn into one of my biggest passion throughout various jobs such as Peer Advisor, Peer Mentor, Resident Assistant, Urban Education Program Ambassador, Community Service Leader and as a student, peer and club member. My name is James Bhujel and I will be Senior for the Fall 2017 semester. As of work, I will be a Peer Advisor in Academic Advising Center, Head Resident Assistant and returning Peer Counselor for the third time for the Urban Education Program. I am also double majoring in Psychology and the Ethnic and Gender Studies with a minor in Art. I am excited and look forward to meet all of you."
"My name is Zuleyka Contreras, I will be a Junior this upcoming year majoring in Business Management with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in Spanish and Commercial Recreations and Tourism. I graduated from Roger L. Putnam Vocational High School, class of 2015. I was born and raised in Guayama, Puerto Rico. I am a Living Learning Community Resident Assistant, President of the Women in Business Club, Treasurer of the Bailando Con Style Club, Delegate of the Model United Nations, Representative of the Multicultural Student Association in the Student Government Association, Recruitment Mentor for the Urban Education Program, TRiO Mentor, and Office Assistant for the Financial Aid Office. I am also part of the Latino Association For Empowerment (LAFE), Business and Marketing club. I am beyond excited to meet and get to know you all!
Some of my hobbies include: traveling, reading, decorating and shopping. I also love helping others and showing them that I care, reason why this is one of my favorite quotes: "Be the change you wish to see in the world.” –Mahatma Gandhi
"Hi I’m Danielle Cousineau and I'm from Westfield, MA. I’m a sophomore and a psychology major. I graduated from Westfield High School in 2016. Some clubs I am a member of include Multicultural Student Association (MSA), intramural volleyball, psychology club, Addiction Awareness Club, and I am the president of Fostering a Culture of Empowerment and Success (F.A.C.E.S ). I am a part of both Urban Education and TRiO. I am also a crew member at Dunkin Donuts on campus, I work with the head of social work on a foundation Friends of Children, working with foster kids."
"Success is not a destination, it’s a journey."
"My name is Christian Dejesus and I will be a senior at Westfield State University. I'm a double major in Psychology and Ethnic and Gender Studies working on pursuing a future career in clinical psychology and motivational speaking. I seek to work with others and assist them. I'm also a Resident Assistant in University Hall, creator of the Identity Project, a member of the Latino Association for Empowerment (LaFe), a Student Ambassador for both the Urban Education Program and under the Presidents office, and programming assistant for Diversity/Inclusion."
"Hi my name is Radiance Flowers. The Urban Education Program has really helped me academically, as well as socially. As an Urban Education Program student, the program not only alleviated my anxieties, it helped me to challenge myself, as well as seeing my purpose. I am persuaded that my purpose is giving back to this program by working as a Peer Counselor. This year I became involved in the Multicultural Student Association (MSA). I love this club, the people, and the activities we do. Also, I made the Deans List, and a recipient of the Black Girls Rock award. Yes I've endured obstacles, but by the grace of God I'm still here. I am so blessed, humbled, and excited to work as a peer counselor again. Again, thank you to the Urban Education Staff for your consideration."
"What’s up, my name is Isaiah Gregory and I’m a junior here at WSU. I’ve lived in Springfield all of my life, graduated from Sabis International Charter school in 2014, and then went on to complete the Urban Education Summer Bridge Program. I’ve recently directed my focus toward Education and have dreams of one day becoming a History Teacher. I’ve been a follower of Christ since my freshmen year and usually just like taking it easy and spending time with the people I care about. I also like to work out and occasionally play video games. I’m here to benefit you guys so if you ever need someone to talk to don’t ever hesitate to approach me about anything. My goal here is to help you guys grow and be successful."
"My name is Presia Kegler, I will be a senior this upcoming academic year with a double major in Ethnic and Gender Studies and Liberal Studies(concentrations in Biology, Chemistry, and Criminal Justice). I graduated from Longmeadow High School, class of 2014. I am a Resident Assistant, Ely Campus Center Supervisor, WSU Tour Guide, Urban Education Ambassador, Community Service Leader, and Recruitment Mentor Assistant Coordinator. I am a WSU Student Ambassador under the President's office and an intern in the Urban Education Program office. I love to dance and sing(in the shower, of course) and my mission in life is to empower others to win. "It's not always about the destination, it's about the journey to get there."
"Hi! My name is Sully, and I am thrilled to be part of 2017 Peer Counselor Team. I’m a double major in Psychology and Spanish and this fall semester I will be starting my senior of college. I have plans to further my education after getting my bachelors. I have a passion for people, and meeting new people is always something that I look forward to. I am part of the Latino Association for Empowerment (LaFe), The Top Flight Step Team, and I’m actively involved in the Urban Education Program. I am excited to meet you all and create new connections with all of you this summer that continue through the academic year."
"Hello! My name is Xavier Rosario. I am from Springfield, MA. I am a Criminal Justice and Political Science double major with a concentration in Interdisciplinary Law. I am currently a junior here at Westfield State. I work for the Department of Public Safety on Campus as the Deputy Chief of Student Security. Some of my hobbies include playing the piano and wrestling. Here’s a joke for you: Q: What did the duck say when he bought lipstick? A: "Put it on my bill." Now stop me and tell me your best joke!"
"My name is Arielyss Santiago and I am a senior year here at Westfield State. I graduated from Montachusett Regional Technical Vocational High School in 2014 in Fitchburg, Ma which is my hometown. I am a double major in Social Work and Ethnic and Gender Studies. I participate in leadership initiatives through the Urban Education Program as a Recruitment Mentor, I am a part of the Community Service Leader and I am an Urban Education Ambassador. Outside of the Urban Education Program, I am the President of LaFe, which is the Latino Association for Empowerment, a club on our campus. Through the Student Government Association (SGA) I am the Vice President of Student Life. On campus I work as a Tour Guide and as a Circulation Desk Assistant at the Library. After graduating, I am moving on to working towards my Masters as a Substance Abuse Counselor and eventually continue on into a Doctoral program within the Substance Abuse field. My ultimate goal is to one day open my own Addiction Recovery Center. One quote that I hang onto daily is “Nothing worth HAVING comes EASY”; remember that while going through this bridge program. College is not easy, but the experience and what you take away from these years here is what makes it all worth it."
Hello! My name is Anjali Tyner. I will be a sophomore at Westfield State University and am a Social Work major. I am from Amherst, MA and graduated from Amherst Regional High School class of 2016. I am very friendly, relationship oriented, kind and enjoy working with people. For fun I enjoy spending time with family, going to the beach, listening to music, playing basketball, soccer, softball, running and weight training. I am part of the Urban Education Program and I am thrilled to work with students in the 2017 Summer Bridge Program. Matriculating into Westfield State University via the Summer Bridge Program taught me that with hard work and commitment any student can succeed academically regardless of their circumstances. I warmly welcome each and every one of you and wish you all nothing but the best as you begin this new chapter in your life