Peer Perspectives continues our blog series showcasing the good work being done by Strength In Peers staff members and volunteers. This month, we interviewed Jade Hoover. Hoover is a student volunteer who helped our staff distribute over 25 flyers and 200 handout packets throughout Stonewall Jackson High School related to the “Spring Out Of Stress!” campaign. In honor of National Mental Health Awareness Month, the campaign offers information on how to recognize signs and symptoms of stress and develop healthy coping skills.
1. Why is volunteering important to you?
Volunteering is important to me because when it comes down to it, it’s not about the money or the toys it comes with. Life is about striving to be happy! It is a huge opportunity to be able to make others happy and to be able to contribute to others any way you can.
2. Where do you hope to be in the future? Why?
15 years from now I want to be doing the same thing I strive to do now, but on a larger scale. My life is happier when I’m helping others. Therefore, I want to get a degree in qualitative sociology and devote time and effort to educating kids and adults on how to live happier, stronger lives. I want to do this because too many people think they’re alone in the world, that hope is non-existent, and simply live unhappy lives. This devastates me, but also empowers me to change people’s lives for the better.
3. What message would you like to send to others?
I feel that everybody needs to know that they are not alone and that nobody lives a perfect life. We all are fighting battles and we all have scars no matter the size. The 15 seconds of pure and utter happiness is what makes life worth living! So go do something that makes you happy!
4. What is your favorite quote?
“Education is not the act of retaining facts, but the training of the mind to think.” (Albert Einstein)