Her own experience with reshaping her life into one that is healthier and less stressed inspired Yoselin Castillo-Yip ‘19 to become an ambassador of wellness. This fall, Castillo-Yip joined the inaugural cohort of Peer Wellness Advocates, a group of students specially trained to educate their peers and inspire others to take ownership of their wellness.
“I think that we can definitely make a difference in how students view their health and how they make choices,” says Castillo-Yip, a student in the master of science in counseling psychology program.
After finishing an intensive and comprehensive leadership training at the beginning of the semester, the advocates are now certified peer educators. They continue to receive weekly advanced training in the four Mount Wellness areas — move more, eat green, sleep well and de-stress — as they prepare to meet individually with their student clients in the spring. Through one-on-one coaching, programs, workshops and outreach, the advocates will help others make healthy lifestyle choices and motivate their peers to achieve their wellness goals.
They will also benefit from in-person visits and virtual lectures from the Mount’s wellness scholar in residence, Dr. Wayne Scott Andersen, a New York Times bestselling author and health pioneer.
“Being able to make an impact in somebody’s life — that really motivates me to stay healthy and continue to inspire others to stay healthy as well,” Castillo-Yip says.