It’s hard to believe we are finishing up. It’s even harder to believe this is my LAST blog post. I am sad to be graduating and leaving SHARPP and UNH, but I am so thankful for the opportunity I have been given. SHARPP and UNH gave me the chance to be heard and make a difference in our community. I hope all incoming freshmen take full advantage of what this university has to offer; coming here has been one of the best decisions I ever made.
As for SHARPP, I could not have imagined my college experience without being part of a place that genuinely cares. SHARPP has taught me to use my voice, be an active bystander and, most importantly, advocate for others. It has been a pleasure working with the staff and volunteers. A special thank you to all of the community educators I have worked with. Each of you make a difference at UNH and your work is extremely valued.
It is now time to introduce SHARPP’s new outreach assistant and blogger, Shannon Bryant ’19. Shannon has been involved in SHARPP as a community educator and peer advocate. She is currently a sophomore and a communication sciences and disorders major. I asked Shannon a few questions so you can get to know her a little better.
When did you start becoming involved with SHARPP and why?
I became a community educator in the fall of 2015 — my freshman year. I decided to join SHARPP because I came from a very small, tight-knit high school and wanted to find a community where I could fit in and make a difference. I am very passionate about raising awareness and helping survivors of sexual assault, relationship abuse and stalking.
As the Outreach Assistant what are some of your goals for next year?
Some of my goals for next year include networking more with other organizations on campus to get a bigger audience for our events and programs; creating a stronger bond and community among the community educators and peer advocates within SHARPP; and organizing as many successful, empowering events as possible.
I am most excited to be creative about our events, programming, etc. I want to try new things!
What is your favorite part about SHARPP?
My favorite thing about SHARPP is the events like Take Back the Night and the anti-violence rally and walk. You can feel the impact these events have, and it is so uplifting to see a large portion of the UNH community come together for a common cause.
So there you have it — I have full confidence Shannon will be a great addition to SHARPP.
Thank you all for following my blog; I have enjoyed every second of being a UNH student. I can only hope each student who comes here gets a great experience like the one I had. To all seniors, best of luck in your future endeavors! We have been given all of the tools to succeed; I know we will all do great things.