Meet Your PALs Series: Jamila Peguero '21

Meet Your PALs Series: Jamila Peguero '21

Monday, June 11, 2018

Meet Peer Assistant Leader Jamila Peguero '21, a psychology major and graduate of Timberlane Regional High School.

The Meet Your PALs Series introduces you to UNH Manchester's Peer Assistant Leaders (PALs), who help first-year students adjust to campus life. This week's PAL is Jamila Peguero '21, a psychology major and graduate of Timberlane Regional High School.

What do you like best about being a PAL? 

This will be my first year as a PAL, and I am looking forward to helping others and giving them the best first year experience like I had with my PALs. 

What advice do you have for new students? 

I would advise first year students to make the most of the year. Get out there and make new friends. Having friends and people to share your stress with is really helpful, especially when they know exactly how you feel. Making new friends and trying new things differently helped me through my first year. I would also recommend taking the academic tips that you learn in first year seminar and putting them into action. That class taught me so many useful strategies that have helped me be a better student. 

What brought you to UNH Manchester? 

I was initially attracted to UNH Manchester because it is a small school and the class size is small. Personally, I learn best in an environment like UNH Manchester. When I learned that everyone was so genuinely nice it just sealed the deal for me, and I knew UNH Manchester was the school for me.  

Favorite UNH Manchester memory? 

My favorite UNH Manchester memory is orientation. It was so much fun, and I met so many new people just in that one day. 

What’s your favorite class and why? 

Other than psychology, my favorite class was Excursions in Mathematics. It’s not your traditional math class and that’s what makes it so fun. It was very hands-on and allowed for personal exploration in math. I never knew a math class could be fun or presented in such different and interesting ways. Dr. Plante did a wonderful job of making the class informative and enjoyable.   

What do you hope to be doing in 10 years?  

I plan on working at an elementary school as a school teacher or school psychologist. Either way, I love working with children and I plan on ending up at a school helping children grow.  

Tell us your favorite:  

  • Manchester restaurant: The Red Arrow Diner. I have been going there since I was kid, and they have the best diner food.  
  • New Hampshire destination: North Conway. I love walking around the shops and looking at the mountain view. There are also many hiking trails in the area, which is one of my favorite activities.  
  • Vacation destination: Florida. I love the warm weather and beaches, and I could stare at a Florida beach sunset forever. 
  • Movie: The Sandlot.  
  • Book: The Host by Stephenie Meyer.  

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?  

If I could go anywhere in the world I would go to the Bahamas. I love warm weather and beaches, so it’s the perfect place for me.  

As a child, what did you wish to become when you grew up? 

As a child I always either wanted to be a famous actor and singer or a teacher.  

We’d be surprised to know that… 

I am actually half Hispanic even though I look entirely like my mother who is Irish and Italian. 

If you could try anything and not fail, what dream would you attempt?  

I would try to become an All-Star cheerleader and compete at Worlds. I love cheerleading, but I never continued the sport. If I had another chance, I would do it and go as far as I can with it.   

If you could go on a road trip with anyone (from the past or present), who would you choose and where would you go?  

 I would take a road trip to California with my late uncle that I never got the chance to meet.  

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