Meet SSS Students -Wallis Payano

Student Support Services
Meet: Wallis Payano

Previously featured students:
Roberto Crespo
Nancy Garcia
Jennifer Kishun
Wallis Payano
Shivon Roach

Q: What is your major and minor?
A: I am majoring in Social Sciences and my minor is in Education.

Q: What would you say was your biggest adjustment to college?
A: Having to actually study! In high school I just breezed by. I did a little homework, and I was okay. Taking being organized were big challenges for me.

Wallis Payano Q: Was there any class that was particularly challenging?
A: One very difficult class for me was English Literature. I always loved English and even majored in it for a while, but the class was very different from what I had expected. Writing the essays was difficult. I knew what I had to do, but I kept stressing myself out. In the end I did perfectly fine.

Q: Did you get any help when taking this difficult class?
A: Yes! Coming here to Student Support Services helped me a lot. My counselor helped me with at least three of my essays.

Q: How has getting involved in campus life affected you? I know that you’re the president of La Familia.
A: It has had a positive effect on me. I get to meet a lot of people, allowing me to not just go to school to study, but to be a part of something that helps people come together.

Q: How does it feel to be the President of the club?
A: At first I was overwhelmed because I had never been a president of a club at a college. But now it feels really good. Being the President allows me really use my ideas. I can also help other people because I can listen to their ideas and work with them. I love being a leader.

Q Would you encourage someone to join a group if they could?
A: Yes, I would definitely encourage everyone to join a club. There are so many of them here on campus.

Q: How do you manage balancing academics, extracurricular activities, and your social life?
A: Balance has always been difficult for me. However, now I make sure I write down what I have to do in a planner. I have to write everything down, even if it’s a note to call a friend, or I will forget. In terms of studying, I have to make sure I plan my time.

Q: Did it take you a long time to find that balance?
A: Yes it did because I have never really been organized.

Q: Has college life forced you to become organized?
A: Yes, and so has work. I also have to balance work with the other things I do.

Q: When you were first here as a freshman, did you find that that was a problem?
A: Not initially because my classes weren’t as challenging as the upper level courses are now.

Q: When was the turning point? When did you make the decision to become more organized?
A: Last year, my sophomore year. I had done poorly in my classes in the spring of my freshman year. I knew that my problem was time management.

Q. How has Student Support Services helped you?
A: They’ve helped tremendously. As I have said earlier, the counselors worked with me on my papers. I could also come to them with any emotional issues that were getting in the way of school. And they helped me learn how to budget my time and register for my classes. It’s really great to know that there are people who will help you throughout your college career!