CAPS Student Hero: Emma Burke

Greetings Slugs! We hope you are all practicing self-care as we progress through the quarter. Today we are disclosing one CAPS Peer Educator’s personal tips to relieve stress (as well as a few other juicy details about her).

What do you do regularly to relieve stress? 

One of the things I like to do that helps me relieve stress is to make a “To Do” list. At the beginning of the week I put everything I need to do on a list and leave it on my desk so that I can check things off as I go. It’s a really satisfying feeling when I get to cross off a task or an assignment, and it helps me feel like I am in control and keeps me from getting too overwhelmed.

Tell us about something you’re passionate about outside of school (e.g., clubs, hobbies, interests, volunteering, activities, etc.)

In my free time it’s pretty difficult to get me out of the water. I love swimming, being in the ocean, and playing water polo. I play water polo for the club team here at UCSC and it’s been a great way for me to get to play the sport I love, make new friends, and relieve stress. Aside from water polo, I am also really passionate about helping people understand the idea that mental health is just as important as physical health. I am so excited to be a Peer Educator because I want to spread the word that mental health is important and if you ever need help maintaining it, it is nothing to be ashamed of.

If you could share one thing that you’d like your peers to know about CAPS, what would it be?

I want everyone to know that CAPS is here ready to welcome you with open arms. When your ankle swells up and you can’t walk, do you go see a doctor? Well, when you need someone to talk to, CAPS is also here. It’s as simple as that.

Emma Burke is a second year Psychology and Literature double major affiliated with Merrill.