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Leadership in Focus: Peer Advisors

Janina Akporavbare
Mr. Rios leads a Freshman Seminar class.

The peer advisors have been a prominent leadership group at Webb since 2011. Though they are a core leadership program at Webb, the group has significantly developed over the past few years. From adding more PAs to changing their outlook on health campaigns, the peer advisors are looking to improve the experience for all students next year so Webbies can enjoy fun activities and have a secure space to talk to someone. 

“The major change that the PAs have looked at this year is their health campaigns,” said Melanie Bauman, Director of Counseling and Health Education. “Last year they overshot … so this year they tried to reach back and do things that were more ‘low level.’ Another thing that they wanted to change this year is the structure of the sibling meetings.” 

The sibling meetings at the beginning of the year are now more often then they were before. But as the year goes by, freshmen meet less with their peer advisors. 

These shifts have changed the peer advisor’s role on Webb’s campus. Freshmen are now beginning to see their PA as more of a present role in their lives.

“Chris [‘20] has made a huge impact on my life,” said Jacob Arias (‘23). “He motivates me to do good in school and be a better person in life in general.”

Caring for other students has helped shape many people’s experiences while at Webb. For some, entering a new environment and attending a new school can be frightening. The PAs assure that these students feel safe, comfortable, and help them have a smooth transition. 

“My peer advisor helped me in many ways at Webb,” said Yvette Shu (‘23). “When I first arrived at Webb, Isa [‘21], my peer advisor, showed me not only the things I needed at Webb but also gave me important life advice on how to succeed at Webb…. She helped turn a place as intimidating as Webb into something like a second home.” 

The PAs are not only responsible for hosting events such as Stress Less Week and the Zombie Apocalypse, they also guide freshmen throughout their first year to make them feel more comfortable and excited about what is to come. 

To maintain their goal of being a large support system that students can rely on, the PAs are aiming to make some more changes for next year. These changes may not be finalized, but ideas are definitely out there. 

“This year, we really tried to bring together the leadership groups, so instead of figuring out how we are different, I want to focus on how we are similar,” said Shelby Mokricky (‘20). “All the leadership groups are extremely hardworking and passionate. Like dorm prefects and day student prefects, we really try to care about the well-being of the student to the best of our ability.”

This year, 45 students applied to be a peer advisor. Due to the fact that there are very limited spots, many applicants and students have been wondering: what makes a good PA? To be a good PA, do not try to think you need to have a specific personality, but instead, be yourself because everyone has different strengths. 

“There may be a shift in the ratio of WSC and VWS PAs, but since we’re still in the midst of the application process, we’re still not certain about that,” said Michelle Munguia (‘20). “We have also considered co-ed PA siblings groups, but that’s just an idea we have had and not a certain change we plan on making.”

So, why is there a PA program at Webb? Although the system has evolved over time, the program has been there to bolster and support freshmen. 

“It started with every senior being assigned to a freshman to act as a big brother or a big sister,” said Ms. Bauman. “We found out that the experience was extremely inconsistent because not every senior wanted to be in that position…. So then we created orientation leaders as an effort to run orientation and pair people who were uniquely interested in managing and supporting the lives of freshmen. Then orientation leaders were changed into peer advisors in order to delineate the experience of orientation as just one piece of coming into the community, but being a new student expands the course of a year. That then led to peer advisors being added into the classroom so that they can be models for student health, voice, and experience.”

The peer advisors will continue to uplift the Webb community with their fun activities and the way they interact with others on campus. The changes that the program will undergo throughout this year and beyond will be to serve the freshmen population and the community as a whole. 

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Janina Akporavbare, Staff Writer
Janina Akporavbare (‘22) loves to write, so her choice to join the Webb Canyon Chronicle as a staff writer is a perfect choice. During her leisure time, Janina can be found skating down a street, surfing in the SoCal waves, or practicing an array of sports. She identifies as an extroverted introvert – while she may be quiet and keep to herself, she will speak up for her passions. Her favorite courses, specifically in the humanities, have given her the opportunity to discuss philosophy and debate heavy topics, which she hopes to carry over to the publication. During her time as a new staff writer, she aspires to cover articles about mental health crises and other issues that people often ignore.
Bianca Arteaga, Public Editor
Do you know many busy bees at Webb? If you don't, then maybe you haven't met Bianca Arteaga ('22)—a self-described bee, she is productive, cheerful, and hardworking. She is, like many productive people, a morning person, and very organized. So perhaps it is no surprise that she is taking on the added challenge of AP Spanish this year, in order to better help people internationally in the future. Bianca eventually wants to become a lawyer and help people worldwide, which she may need Spanish for. For now, Bianca wants to help people locally by using the WCC to teach freshmen and sophomores to love Webb as she does. Bianca's other passion is protecting the environment. Despite being a very busy and successful student, Bianca is also very skilled in the athletic department. She is the varsity softball captain and hopes to continue playing even once she goes to college. Besides her work, Bianca also has a fun side: she loves playing the guitar, is obsessed with Taylor Swift, enjoys watching romcoms, and loves dad jokes. Bianca's many interests, well-balanced lifestyle, and unwavering work ethic truly make her a queen bee! Favorite song: "All Too Well" by Taylor Swift

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