We hope that everyone is coping well with the second-to-last week of the quarter! This Friday we would like to encourage all of you to take a breather and meet one of our CAPS student heroes. This week we are introducing the incredible Nathaleen Palomino! Nat brings a unique perspective to the PEP team, and we are so happy to have her. Thank you for all your hard work, Nat!
What’s your favorite part about being a UCSC student?
My favorite part about being a UCSC student is being able to be part of a community that shares the same passion for social justice and change. I appreciate the collective efforts around campus to promote educational programs and host influential speakers. I also love being able to enjoy our beautiful environment and clear night skies full of glittering stars!
Tell us about something you’re passionate about outside of school (e.g., clubs, hobbies, interests, volunteering, activities, etc.)
Outside of school, my heart belongs to rugby. Rugby is a lifestyle and a culture of its’ own. The girls on the team are my family and we play the game for each other and for the love of the sport. There are no pads, no helmets, we just have the best sport ever. It is a game that in order to go forward you must go backwards and it is a game where your bruises become your badges of honor. It has allowed me to find beauty in strength and helped me realize that the pain that I feel today is my strength for tomorrow.
If you could share one thing that you’d like your peers to know about CAPS, what would it be?
One thing I would like to share is that the staff and students working for CAPS are genuinely compassionate people who prioritize the health of students. They are doing their best to accommodate for the influx of students in need of psychological and counseling services by initiating new programs, groups and workshops. Now, it is up to the students to make the best use of those services to continue programs such as Let’s Talk, which is a free and anonymous opportunity to speak with a professional counselor.
Nathaleen Palomino is a fifth year Psychology major affiliated with College Ten.