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October 2022 Peer Advisor of the Month: Savion Pollard, Syracuse University

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From Amanda Lalonde, Team Leader, Syracuse University: “Savion has come charging out of the gates with enthusiasm and willingness to help grow our community of student veterans and be an available resource to connect them with what they might need. He also serves on the E-Board of the university Student Veteran Organization where he has helped our chapter become more active this year, promoting social events and camaraderie among the student veteran community. Additionally, he volunteers with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program outside of campus. Savion has been a wonderful addition to our Peer Advisor team and is doing a great job so far!”

From Savion Pollard: “Military-connected students face unique personal and financial challenges unknown to traditional students. My work as a Peer Advisor is to provide support for a successful transition and alleviate the stress associated with being a military-connected student. This allows the student to focus on coursework and finding their own place in the campus community. I am passionate about veteran Peer Advisors because I strongly believe it is important to pass on knowledge and leave things better than you found them. Working as a Peer Advisor allows me to help newer military-connected students navigate the hardships of transition and college life. Being a Peer Advisor has allowed me to assist in connecting new students to my campus’ student veteran community and I am honored to have the opportunity to do so.”

“If I had to pick one thing that truly brings me satisfaction in being a Peer Advisor, it would be the opportunity to connect with people. Being a Peer Advisor has granted me the chance to meet new people and explore them. I’ve never considered myself much of a conversationalist so it is also exciting to leave my comfort zone to connect and help people.”