Coordinator of the Month: Olympia Burston
Name: Olympia Burston
Hometown: Grass Valley, California
College Attended / Major: University of California, Davis Communication/Sociology
HealthCorps School Placement: McClatchy High School, Sacramento CA
Fun Fact: I have spent over a year only eating raw food!
Jeffrey Hartinger: How did you become involved with HealthCorps?
Olympia Burston: When I graduated college I spent seven months working with youth in the mental health field, this experience made me realize how passionate I was about overall wellness and working with teens.
When I read about the HealthCorps position, I knew it would be the perfect fit for me. HealthCorps allows me to work with teens and promote the different aspects of being healthy. I get to teach nutrition, physical activity and mental resilience to my students, but more importantly, I have the opportunity to teach them how they all combine together to create overall wellness. Now that’s exciting!
JH: What has been the highlight of your placement so far?
OB: The highlight of my placement at McClatchy was my first in school health fair. Watching students teach their peers what they learned in the classroom about health in a fun positive way was amazing to see. The students and local health organizations at the fair did such a great job relaying their health information, that for the rest of the year staff and students were asking about opportunities get involved in health related activities. I had over 20 students and their parents showing up for Zumba classes after the health fair.
JH: Outside of the classroom, what are some of the activities that you are involved with?
Outside of the classroom I am involved with a couple different activities. I run a girls club on campus, mentor seniors on health related senior projects, work with a hip hop group to mentor local middle school students and offer Zumba classes to students.
JH: What do you plan to pursue after your service to HealthCorps is complete?
OB: I plan to continue my education and study Occupational Therapy.
JH: What is one thing you have learned from your placement that you will be able to carry with you as you move forward in life?
OB: I have learned the importance consistency and attitude.
Through my placement at HealthCorps, I have learned that not everything in life goes as planned, but if you try to always show up with a positive attitude and consistently work hard, things tend to fall into place.
We want to thank Olympia Burston for her exceptional work and congratulate her for being this month’s coordinator of the month.