As someone who has overcome anxiety to thrive and shine in postsecondary, Peyton Sieger knows first-hand the kind of challenges anxiety can pose to achieving goals. Now, she’s using that knowledge, and her degree, to help others.
The Trent Psychology student has dealt with the debilitating effects of an anxiety disorder for as long as she can remember, and decided on Psychology degree as an academic path after finding her own voice as a mental health advocate. At Trent, Ms. Sieger has further developed that voice, finding support from her professors, Student Accessibility Services, and through involvement with Champlain College.
Throughout her time at Trent, Ms. Sieger has served as a junior senator of the Champlain College Cabinet, while her off-campus volunteerism has her serving as an ambassador for Cam’s Kids, a nationwide foundation that helps post-secondary students deal with anxiety disorders.
“Throughout my Psychology degree, I’m learning about the inner workings of the brain, and how the brain and body work together,” notes Ms. Sieger. “I plan on using that knowledge to spread awareness and decrease stigma around mental health and mental illness, to help reform the mental health care system, and therefore help others struggling with their mental health.”
Trent University prides itself on providing an outstanding personal and interactive learning environment. This story is part of the #FacesofTrentU series, which highlights our many student success stories and the numerous dynamic programs offered at Trent.