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Meet the Student Staff

Peer Advisors

Alexandra

Hi! My name is Alex (she/her/hers) and I’m a junior majoring in political science and minoring in environmental studies. I am looking forward to being a Peer Advisor this upcoming fall semester! I chose to join CSS because I believe there is value in students being able to help guide the path for others here at New Paltz. I look forward to meeting you!

 

Angela

Hi, my name is Angela (she/her/hers) and I am a Peer Advisor at the CSS. I am a junior majoring in Early Childhood/Elementary Education with a concentration in History and minor in Deaf Studies. I chose to join the CSS because I enjoy helping other students reach and achieve their goals in college. In my free time I love to hike, and maybe I will see you on one of the local trails! I look forward to meeting you at the CSS!

 

Brooke

Hi, I'm Brooke! My pronouns are she/her/hers and I'm a senior majoring in Early Childhood/Elementary Education with a concentration in Mathematics and a minor in Biology.  I'm a member of TBA Improv Comedy and I'm tutoring Math for Elementary School Teachers I and Intro to Statistics.  I'm also a Peer Advisor!  I have worked for the Center for Student Success for a year so far and I have loved every minute of it.  In my free time, I love hanging out with friends and cracking jokes that are moderately funny! 

 

Claudia

Hey! My name is Claudia (she/her/hers)! My major is sociology with a concentration in human services and my minor is disaster studies. I will be graduating in spring 2020! I am so excited to be a peer advisor at the CSS! I wanted to join the CSS, because I love working with people and want to help make everyone have the best educational experience at SUNY New Paltz! I can’t wait to help my peers navigate their college experience! I have studied abroad 3 times and love helping others find opportunities to see the world! I am a sister of the sorority Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi and I love hanging out with my sisters! My hobbies are traveling, exploring the outdoors, and listening to music! I have had an amazing academic and social time at New Paltz and I hope to help others have the same incredible experiences! 

 

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Demetri

Hi! I am Demetri. I am an English Major with a Creative Writing Minor, and finally a senior after a long and tumultuous college journey. When I’m not writing or drawing, I’m working on or reading material for Dungeons and Dragons. I hope one day I can work on it officially, but for now I’ll focus on my novel writing. I am also transgender and Jewish, and very involved in both communities. I am always happy to help, and look forward to offering whatever services you may need. 

 

Diana

Hello everyone, my name is Diana (she, her, hers) and I am very excited to start this new journey as a Peer Advisor in the CSS.  I am majoring in Sociology with a concentration is Criminology and expected to graduate this year, May 2020!!! I chose to join the CSS because through my experience of being an EOP Peer Mentor I wanted to share all of the knowledge that I know about SUNY New Paltz and help other students thrive the way I have done in the past. As a Latina, I love to sing and dance, but also model for any shows on campus. My future aspiration is to become a criminal defense attorney, while also helping with advocacy work in lower income communities like my own.

 

Emely is from the Dominican Republic and is a student here at SUNY New Paltz

Emely

Hey! My name is Emely, I am from the Dominican Republic and I am a student here at SUNY New Paltz. I am going into my Junior year with a major in Psychology and a double minor in Women Studies and Sociology. I am currently a Psychological Statistics subject tutor and also a Peer Advisor at the CSS. I was persuaded to take on the role of a PASC because I was also a Peer Mentor for the EOP program my sophomore year where I enjoyed advising and mentoring my fellow mentee’s. Throughout my college experience I have learned that time management, organizational, and studying skills are imperative and I am more than open to helping my peers master these qualities. I am looking forward to encouraging my peers to strive for the best and to remind them of their potential.

 

Grace

Hi! My name is Grace (She/her/hers) and I am in my third year as a Junior at SUNY New Paltz. I am an English major with a concentration in creative writing with a minor in Film and Video Studies. I am a Peer Advisor here at the Center for Student Success. I decided to become a Peer Advisor and join the Center for Student Success, because I want to be able to help students in their academic and social careers. I love helping students find their creative outlets to help them figure out their own individual goals in school and what works best for them. Also, I want to help them with any adjustment issues they might have coming into college and show them all the diverse opportunities SUNY New Paltz has to offer. My hobbies include dancing, writing, and hiking. 

 

Isabel

Hi! I’m Isabel! (Pronouns she/her/hers) I am a Communication Disorders Major with a minor in Deaf Studies and also a Junior here at New Paltz! I am excited to start this year off as a Peer Advisor. I decided to apply and join the CSS because I love working and interacting with other students and helping them to achieve their potential. I am also someone who is always ready to help my peers and this position provided me with the opportunity to do so! I’m currently captain of the New Paltz Women’s Rugby Team and love being involved in community service/volunteer opportunities. If I’m not at in class, work or practice you can probably catch me on a walk around campus or sitting by the pond.

 

Kate

Hi! My name is Kate (she/her/hers) and I am a junior majoring in Communication Disorders and Linguistics. I am also a Peer Advisor at the CSS! I am excited to help students navigate campus resources and make the most out of their time at New Paltz. I love working as a Peer Advisor because of the personal interactions I get to have with other students. Please feel free to stop in and chat! Outside of school, I like to be outside, work out, and go to coffee shops. I hope to one day work as a speech-language pathologist and explore a wide variety of fields. I look forward to meeting you at the CSS!

 

Kevin

Hi, I'm Kevin. I am a finance major in my junior year at New Paltz. My pronouns are he, his, and him. I am a Peer Advisor and want to help students who feel overwhelmed academically when it comes to workload or selecting courses. I play on the soccer team and enjoy playing intramural sports when I’m not in season. 

 

Nicole

Hello!! My name is Nicole. My pronouns are: she, her, hers. I’m a junior and my major is International Relations with a minor in Law and Politics. At the CSS, my position is Peer Academic Advisor. I chose to join the CSS because I enjoy helping others, especially my fellow peers. Some of my hobbies include spending time doing outdoor activities like hiking, biking & running and also spending time with my family. I would like to be an immigration lawyer someday! I look forward to a great year of helping and learning from everyone!

 

Sarah

Hello! My name is Sarah and my pronouns are she, her, and hers. I am currently a sophomore English major and Political Science Minor. I am a peer advisor at the Center for Student Success. I wanted to join the CSS because I strongly value academic success and I hope to support those who seek help. I have a passion for traveling and politics. During my free time I enjoy hiking, running, writing, and spending time with friends. After graduating from SUNY New Paltz, I aspire to go to law school. I hope to see you soon! 

 

Sydney

Hello everyone! My name is Sydney and I use she/her pronouns. I am a senior with a marketing major and a theater minor. I am excited to work as a peer advisor so I may share the knowledge I’ve gained through my experiences at SUNY New Paltz with other students so that college life will become a little less stressful! In my free time, I am one of the co-presidents of Alpha Psi Ecdysia and I put a lot of energy and heart into creating the best shows the club can offer. I love my time at SUNY New Paltz, because it has given me all of the tools necessary to hopefully spend my future as a fashion brand manager by day and a show producer by night!

 

Peer Subject Tutors

Aaliyah

Hi! My name’s Aaliyah (She/her/hers) and I am in my third, and last, year here at New Paltz. I am a double major in Finance and Business Analytics with a minor in Black Studies. I am a subject tutor here at the Center for Student Success for Statistics for Business and Economics I. I decided to become a tutor because I want to be able to help those who struggle in business statistics and make a difference in their academic journey and helping them overcome obstacles they face! My hobbies are exercising, reading and trying new foods! 

 

Adriel

Hello! My name is Adriel (he/him/his) and I am a junior majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Applied Mathematics. I am a subject tutor for Computer Science I and Calculus II. I chose to tutor at the CSS because I like to meet new people with similar interests and help other students that are having difficulties understanding a subject. During my free time, my hobbies include playing soccer, reading, and video games. After completing my undergraduate degree, I aspire to become a software developer.

 

Alessia

Hello! My name is Alessia and my pronouns are she/her/hers. I am a sophomore at SUNY New Paltz and I am majoring in Psychology. My position at the CSS will be a subject tutor for Italian 101-102. I chose to join the CSS because the Italian language has always been prevalent in my life and to be able to assist others in developing a love for the language as well as culture while making the learning process easier is something I'd love to do. I believe that working with students is going to be an extremely valuable experience. I hope to create an environment in which students of all learning styles feel comfortable and will benefit from the tutoring sessions. After New Paltz, I hope to continue my education and receive a doctorate to become a Clinical Therapist. 

 

Allie, a geology major with a Spanish minor is expecting to graduate in spring 2021

Allie

Hello! My name is Allie (she/her/hers) and I am a geology major with a Spanish minor and am expecting to graduate in spring 2021. My position at CSS is an online chemistry tutor. I chose to join CSS because I think that it’s really important that students have a way to get help in classes that are difficult and I wanted to be able to help. Especially with chemistry, I found a lot of study tricks for myself and want to be able to share that experience and knowledge. As far as my hobbies, I love hiking, reading, drawing, running, biking, writing, and playing the piano and the guitar! I hope to see you soon!

 

Arya is currently a sophomore at SUNY New Paltz with a major in Economics and double minors in History and French.

Arya

Hi everyone! My name is Arya and my pronouns are she/her/hers. I am currently a junior at SUNY New Paltz with a major in Economics and double minors in History and French. I am a tutor for French 101-202. I chose to join the CSS because I know how challenging it can be to learn a new language and I want to make that process easier and more enjoyable. I intend to adapt to the learning needs and styles of the student in order to help them effectively. I look forward to working with students in improving and enhancing their French! After college, I don't have anything specific I want to do but I hope to be working on improving the education policy across the country or working with lower income students."

 

Ash

Hi everyone! My name is Ash (they/them/theirs). This is my second year as a peer subject tutor in PSY275 (Psychological Statistics) here at the CSS. I am currently a senior studying Psychology with a minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. After I graduate I hope to take a year off and then return to New Paltz as a graduate student in quantitative psychology. In my free time, I enjoy learning new things, watching TV and movies, and just about every kind of logic puzzle! I’m looking forward to helping demystify statistics, and promoting peer relationships within the psychology department. I can’t wait to work with you!

 

Brooke

Hi, I'm Brooke! My pronouns are she/her/hers and I'm a senior majoring in Early Childhood/Elementary Education with a concentration in Mathematics and a minor in Biology.  I'm a member of TBA Improv Comedy and I'm tutoring Math for Elementary School Teachers I and Intro to Statistics.  I'm also a Peer Advisor!  I have worked for the Center for Student Success for a year so far and I have loved every minute of it.  In my free time, I love hanging out with friends and cracking jokes that are moderately funny! 

 

Cole is a General Chemistry tutor.He is a second-year student double majoring in Physics and Astronomy.

Cole

Hey there! My name’s Cole, he/him/his, and I’m a tutor for Calculus I, II, and General Physics I. I’m a third-year student working towards dual degrees in Physics and Astronomy along with a minor in Applied Mathematics. I love the big picture, conceptual aspects of science and helping people better understand them. Here at New Paltz, I’m an RA, a planetarium presenter, and a member of the a cappella group Male Call. I also love soccer and skiing. I hope to one day earn my doctorate degree and research dark matter at a university.

 

Connor

Hello, I’m Connor (he/him/his) and I am a Subject Tutor for General Chemistry. I’m entering my third year at New Paltz and I’m majoring in Biology with a minor in Economics. I wanted to become a tutor so that I could help my peers learn the important concepts of General Chemistry, and succeed in this challenging course. When I have free time, I like to play tennis and watch Formula 1 racing. Also, I’m involved in the New Paltz Tennis Club and Optometry Club on campus. I look forward to seeing you this semester!

 

Danielle

Hi! My name is Danielle, but you can also call me Rian (she/her/hers), and I am a tutor for Genetics. This is my third year at SUNY New Paltz, and my fourth of six years in undergrad, where I am pursuing a major in Adolescent Education in Biology with a minor in Geology. I joined the CSS to better help students in ways I wished could have been done for me, and to foster the skills they need to succeed. Genetics has unique hurdles that can be difficult to overcome, so I hope to pass down strategies I found helpful and continue using to this day. Outside of class, I am a Zoologist in the Biology Club, and a member of the Chemistry and Geology clubs! In my free time, I enjoy drawing, crocheting, and playing video games or DnD.

 

Halymatou

Hello! My name is Halyma (She/her/hers). I am a junior with a double major in International Relations and French and I will be a French subject tutor (FRN 101, 102, 201, 202) for the year 2019-2020. I chose to join the Center for Student Sucess because I know the experience of learning a new language (I learned English) and its challenges, therefore, I want to help/share the language skills I possess to students who will benefit from it. My future career aspirations are broad at the moment but I leaning towards a career in legal and administrative support, diplomacy and government. 

 

Jessica

Hey! My name is Jessica (she, her, hers), but most call me Jess. I’m a junior majoring in Accounting and I’m a subject tutor for Financial Accounting, Microeconomics and Macroeconomics. I chose to join the Center for Student Success because I want to be a resource to students who need it and wanted to tutor people in subjects that I am passionate about and I think it is a great experience to meet new people taking classes in the business school. I enjoy hanging out with friends, watching Netflix, playing video games on my GameCube and all things arts and crafts whether it be DIY decor or making my own Halloween costume. On campus, I’m involved in the Accounting and Finance Association and Humans vs Zombies. I look forward to meeting you all!  

 

Lynn

Greetings to you all! My name is Lynn. My nickname is Sky.

I am a senior here at SUNY New Paltz,  majoring in Biology with a minor in Deaf Studies. I chose to be a General Chemistry I tutor because of its logical and math-based concepts that I love; and,  I chose to also be an Elementary Spanish I tutor because I enjoy practicing Spanish and learning more about the culture. I would like to support students in developing and practicing study skills so that they can become more independent and excel in  their academic performance. I love seeing students grow and build connections as we work together. Some of my hobbies include swimming, singing, dancing and traveling.

Let’s make this semester productive and fun!!

 

Marianna

Hello! My name is Marianna (she/her/hers) and I am a sophomore! My hobbies include calligraphy, jewelry making, and playing ukulele.  I am currently undeclared with a minor in Theatre. I am a Peer Subject Tutor for Italian at the Center for Student Success and decided to join CSS to help people better understand the language and grow a deeper appreciation and knowledge for the Italian language and culture. Learning a new language can be difficult and I want to make the journey as easy as it can be for my fellow students. I have always loved helping people and that is something I strive to do at CSS.

 

Mauricio is a Finance and Accounting double major

Mauricio

Hello! My name is Mauricio (he/his) and I am a Finance and Accounting double major. I tutor in Financial Accounting and Pre-calculus – two of my favorite classes! As a tutor, I am ecstatic to meet new people, spread my love for mathematics, and help others succeed. I understand these two courses can be challenging, but with a little bit of help, you can overcome anything! I plan on graduating in May 2020. In my spare time; I love reading books, listening to podcasts, and socializing with friends. I am also a part of the Asian and Pacific Islander Student Association and Toastermasters. If you ever have a question, or need some help, stop by the Center for Student Success

 

Nicole

Hi, my name is Nicole (she/hers)! I’m a junior majoring in psychology and minoring in Spanish. I’m a subject tutor for Intro to Psych, Psych Stats, and Spanish courses. I chose to join CSS because I understand that everyone has different learning styles and as someone who has dealt with the challenges of these courses myself, I want to help students find their own learning styles and excel in these courses. I look forward to meeting you! 

 

Rafiq

Hello and Welcome to the Center of Student Success! My name is Rafiq (He/Him/His). Currently I am majoring in Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics with the intention of graduating Spring 2021. I am a Subject Tutor for General Chemistry I and II as well as Organic Chemistry I and II. I chose to join CSS because there’s nothing more exciting than helping others reach their academic goals! In my free time I do Chemistry Research and practice new languages. Feel free to come to me with any questions! If I don’t have an answer, I can certainly point you in the right direction!

 

Reynold

Hey! My name is Reynold (a lot of people call me Rey) and my pronouns are he/him/his. I am a sophomore majoring in Biology and minoring in Economics. I tutor Gen Bio I, Pre-Calculus, and Calc 1. I know these classes might seem a little challenging but with a little push here and some work there, they can be passed in flying colors (this is where I come in). I love helping others as much as I can and I know what it feels like to struggle with a concept being taught which is why I joined the CSS. Outside school work, I enjoy reading motivational books, playing flight simulator games and dancing. As a matter of fact, I a member of the Culture Shock dance team here on campus. One day, I hope to become a medical doctor and have an aircraft of my own.

 

Rory, an Accounting major and is expected to graduate in the Fall of 2019

Rory

Hello, I am Rory. My major is Accounting and my expected graduation date is Fall 2019. I am a subject tutor for Financial Accounting, Macroeconomics, and Microeconomics. I became a tutor to help my fellow peers gain important knowledge in the respected subjects. I aspire to become an Accountant and Volunteer Firefighter. 

 

Samuel

Hi! My name is Sam, my pronouns are He/Him/His. I am a senior with a major in Psychology! I am the subject tutor for Introduction to Psychology and Psychological Statistics. I chose to join the Center for Student Success staff because I am passionate about helping students and want everyone to succeed while they are college. In the future I would love to work in colleges to help students as an administrator!

 

Somaiya

Hi, my name is Somaiya, I am a senior at SUNY New Paltz. My major is Biology and minor is Business Administration. I am a peer subject tutor at CSS for College Algebra and Precalculus. I became a tutor because I want to help students grow and become stronger at math. I would love to help students in problem solving and make their journey pleasant. I like exploring, also I moved to the US at the age of 13. 

 

Tyler

Hey there! My name’s Tyler (he/him/his), and I’m a tutor for Biology and Genetics. I’m a third-year student majoring in Biology. Ever since I could remember I have always been fascinated by the natural world and the complexities within it. I enjoy working with students to achieve their goals, and by tutoring it allows me to better understand Biology as a whole. Here at New Paltz I am currently in Biology club and part of the Honors Program. In my free time I enjoy fishing and solving puzzles such as Rubik’s cubes. I desire to become a Medical Doctor one day.

 

Wendy is currently a sophomore and plans on majoring in Early Childhood Education with a concentration in Mathematics

Wendy

Hi, I’m Wendy (she/her)! I am currently a sophomore and I plan on majoring in Early Childhood Education with a concentration in Mathematics. My position at the CSS is a subject tutor for College Math (MAT120/121), Precalculus (MAT181), Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers 1 (MAT140), and Intro to Proof (MAT260). I have always had a great love for math ever since elementary school and I have enjoyed learning more and more since then. Precalculus is one of my favorite math courses and I cannot wait to help others learn about it. I also really enjoyed Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers 1 because I plan on becoming an elementary school teacher. I decided to apply to become a peer tutor because I love working with others and helping students learn something new as well as seeing others grasp a concept they did not fully understand before. Some of my hobbies include playing tennis and badminton, playing my flute, and reading outside on a nice day.

 

Peer Writing Consultants

Faiza

Hi! My name is Faiza (she/her/hers) and I am a sophomore majoring in International Relations. I have always had a passion for writing and truly believe that words have the ability to connect people in extraordinary ways. I joined the Writers’ Studio because of my love for English and for the opportunity to interact with more of my peers. I love to read and engage in genuine conversations with people. One of my long term goals is to work for the United Nations because of my passion for collaborating and working with different kinds of individuals. I look forward to teaching, learning, and growing with all of you!

 

Haley

Hi there! My name is Haley (She/Her/Hers) and I’m a Junior majoring in Early Childhood/Childhood Education with a Concentration in English and minoring in Deaf Studies. I’m working with the CSS this year as a Writing Consultant. I enjoy helping students discover new tools and strategies for writing that works best for them based on each person’s unique strengths and learning styles. In my spare time, I write for an online publication called Fresh U and I’ve also written for Teen Vogue. On campus, I serve as President of Democracy Matters and SA Vice President of Academic Affairs and Governance. In the future, I aspire to pursue a career as a literacy specialist as well as work to influence education policy. 

 

Kristina

My name is Kristina and I’m a sophomore Adolescent Ed. in English major with a minor in French. I joined the CSS because the pursuit of efficient writing and communication is one I’ve always strongly valued. As I anticipate becoming a high school teacher and professor eventually, the ability to practice these integral skills required to be a successful educator is invaluable to me. 

I look forward to meeting with my peers in an attempt to make all of our academic experiences that much more enjoyable so please stop by :)

 

Kyle

Hello! My name is Kyle (he/him/his) and I am a first year graduate student studying Second Language Education (TESOL) K-12. I am the Writers’ Studio Graduate Assistant for the Fall 19/Spring 20 academic year and am looking forward to meeting everyone! I wanted to join the Center for Student Success and work in the Writers’ Studio because I love writing and believe it is a powerful skill to have that will help you with whatever field of work you enter. When I’m not in class, I enjoy reading, playing soccer with friends, and the occasional Netflix binge. I love meeting new people and learning about them so feel free to reach out and say hello! Looking forward to seeing everyone!

 

Lauren

Hi! I’m Lauren (she/her/hers) and I’m a sophomore at SUNY New Paltz majoring in Digital Media Production with a minor in Journalism. I chose to become a Peer Writing Consultant to share my passion for writing, while encouraging individuality and self-expression amongst students. Writing for me has always been the most empowering expression of self, and I cannot wait to learn from the unique voices of those who I work with. I hope that in the future I can apply my affinity for writing to various areas of my career and daily life. When I’m not studying or working, I love exercising, listening to music, reading and soaking up the sun on Old Main quad!

 

Madison, a sophomore English major with a passion for writing and talking about writing

Madison

Hello! My name is Madison (she/her/hers). I am a junior Adolescence Education: English major with a passion for writing and talking about writing! Accordingly, I am a Peer Writing Consultant at the Writers’ Studio. I am eager to engage writers in constructive, meaningful conversations that leave both of us with greater knowledge and understanding of writing and our processes. When I am not getting excited about syntax or the Oxford comma, I enjoy being outside, reading, and tending to my houseplants. Here’s to a wonderful semester full of learning, collaboration, and growth!

 

Mark

Hi, my name is Mark (he/him/his), and I am a senior and double major in Music and History. I am a Peer Writing Consultant at the Center for Student Success. I joined CSS because I want to help people express themselves through their writing. Personally, one of my greatest joys is finding my own particular way of understanding or describing an idea or story. Being a writing consultant gives me the opportunity to guide other to translate their unique voice onto the page. Other than writing, I spend my time practicing guitar and piano, writing music, drawing, cooking, and whiling away the remainder of my time outside. I look forward to working with you!

 

Megan

Hey all! My name is Megan (she/her/hers) and I am a senior at SUNY New Paltz, majoring in Sociology with a concentration in Human Services. I am a Peer Writing Consultant at the Center for Student Success. Writing is a powerful platform that students across all disciplines can benefit from. I am excited to constructively engage with new material that students are passionate about! Fun facts about me: I love anything outdoors almost as much as I love animals. Stop by the Center for Student Success, I look forward to working with you! 

 

 

Shrien

Greetings! My name is Shrien (she/her/hers) and I am a graduate student at SUNY New Paltz, pursing my M.A. in English. This year, I am teaching Composition I and will be working at the Center for Student Success. I joined the CSS my freshman year of college because I love being an advocate for those around me. I believe that writing is one of the most efficient ways to develop and control narratives and I hope that my diverse array of students at the CSS will remain motivated in storytelling and writing after they have met with me. I hope to see some of my students making appointments, as the CSS is a great resource. I hope to one day work as an educator or at a nonprofit organization. 

 

Tara

Hi! I'm Tara (she/her) and I'm very excited to be working as a Peer Writing Consultant this year. I'm a senior with a major in History with a minor in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. I'm looking forward to meeting so many different kinds of writers, and helping every person to become a better writer! My favorite part about working with other students is being able to give others the tools to confidently express their ideas. I hope to be a middle school teacher and have my very own classroom one day! I'm passionate about social justice issues and colorful eye shadow!

 

William

WIlliam

Hello! Welcome to the Center for Student Success! I’m William (They/Them/Theirs) and I am a Senior here at SUNY New Paltz double majoring in English with a concentration in Creative Writing and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. This will be my third year working with the CSS and I’m looking forward to continuing to work here as a Writing Consultant and as a Program Assistant. Please, come on by for a session with one of the Writing Consultants, Subject Tutors, or Peer Advisors!

 

James

Hi my name is James and I am currently a senior Finance major. I am working in the Center for Student Success as a Peer Advisor. I chose to join the CSS because I really enjoy being able to help provide my fellow classmates with assistance and resources they can use to help better their experience as a student in and out of the classroom. I really enjoy being a member of the Men’s Soccer Team and staying active.