BOONE, N.C. — Recent Appalachian State University graduate Andrés Rosa ’19 is serving in the Peace Corps, applying what he learned and experienced at Appalachian to build youth leaders and address issues with teens in Peru.
Rosa, of Durham, earned his B.A. in psychology with a minor in dance from Appalachian and has begun his two years of volunteer work as a Peace Corps youth development facilitator.
“In many parts of Peru, communities are dealing with cases of addiction, absence from school, sexual abuse and adolescent pregnancy. I hope to use what I have learned in child and adolescent psychology, health psychology and creative dance to help youth with issues of self-esteem and work alongside teachers to help bring the issues to the forefront,” Rosa said.
He said faculty mentors in Appalachian’s Dr. Wiley F. Smith Department of Psychology supported his goals and helped him in his career path.
“Lucinda Payne worked with me on my internship with Western Youth Network — an experience that was instrumental in my decision to serve because I realized how children’s lives and decisions are affected by the world around them,” he said.
After serving with the Peace Corps, Rosa plans to pursue his master’s degree and work as a counselor or mentor for young people.
“In Peru, Rosa will develop leadership, technical and cross-cultural skills that will give him a competitive edge when he returns home,” said Kandice Brown, public affairs specialist for the Peace Corps. “Peace Corps volunteers return from service as global citizens well positioned for professional opportunities.”
Rosa, who lived in Puerto Rico for several years as a child, said he is excited about immersing himself in the Spanish language and culture again. “The next two years are about making a difference for youth in their educational and economic status and integrating into this new and interesting culture,” he said.
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About the Dr. Wiley F. Smith Department of Psychology
Appalachian’s Dr. Wiley F. Smith Department of Psychology serves more than 1,000 undergraduate majors seeking the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in psychology, as well as 80 graduate students in three master’s programs (experimental psychology, school psychology, and industrial-organizational psychology and human resource management) and the clinical psychology (Psy.D.) doctoral program. Learn more at https://psych.appstate.edu.
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As the premier public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls more than 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.