On behalf of the Peer Education Program, we hope that you’re having a good Monday so far! Hopefully we can make your week even better by introducing you to a vital member of our team, Priyanka! Priyanka has brought a lot of fun energy and great ideas to our group during her first year as a Peer Educator. Read on to find out more about why we like Priyanka so much!

What do you do regularly to relieve stress?

Hello! I’m Priyanka! CAPS is a great place to get support for problems you may be facing. You can learn a lot through CAPS, like ways to relieve stress. When I’m stressed out, I usually remind myself how small my brain is in comparison to the rest of the world and the rest of the universe. When I am stressing out about something that is taking up most of my energy, I remind myself that I need to breathe and recognize what is around me to ground myself and understand that I am human.

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

Doing things that I love help me calm myself down. I am very passionate about writing and making art that gives some sort of message about the world. I like writing screenplays and stories and painting works of art that make people think about the world and how we could change the everyday into something more accepting that represents the diverse world we live in. Writing and art is my passion and I want to use it to push forward vital ideas.

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

Something you should know about CAPS is that it has many different services and can connect you with different resources that you could use. All UCSC students can get CAPS services!


Priyanka is a third year double majoring in Film and Sociology. She is affiliated with Oakes College.