Volunteer of the Month: March 2018

Published on March 8, 2018


How long have you been volunteering?

I have been volunteering at CYCL for eight, almost nine months.

How did you find out about the California Youth Crisis Line?

I found out through a friend that I shared a few classes with.

Why did you want to become a Counselor?

I really enjoy interacting with people and finding out how we are a lot more similar than we believe. I think this helps people feel as if they are not alone, which is something I wish I knew when I was younger. I really just wanted to convey that message out to others and I knew volunteering at CYCL would be the way I could attempt to do that.

What’s it like being a CYCL Volunteer Counselor?

It can be a very exciting, yet challenging position. It is exciting when you get a caller who you can tell is ready to accept help/resources. It is challenging though when the caller seems stagnant and you know they are still hitting their rock bottom before they begin the climb back up.

What do you find most challenging or surprising (or both!) about being a Volunteer Crisis Counselor?

The most challenging aspect of being a volunteer is wanting to magically help callers help themselves after just one conversation and realizing it does not always work that way.

When not on the line what do you do with your time? (hobbies, work, school, etc?)

When I am not volunteering at the line I am working as a veterinary assistant. I am also preparing myself to apply to PhD programs in biopsychology. I enjoy spending as much time as possible outdoors (trail running, hiking, kayaking, etc.) whenever possible.

What’s a surprising fact about you?

I come off as an extrovert, but identify with being introverted.

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