Internal Profiles: BrockU Talks

BrockU Talks is a chance for Brock students to share their experiences and passions in order to motivate and encourage other students.  The event is taking place on Mar. 23 at 5:00 p.m. in Pond Inlet.

ALISON IVES

ALISON IVES

I love people. I love emotions and all of the chaos that comes with working with other humans. I think we often forget that humans are so varied, and try to fit everyone into one box. We get this idea that everyone must be strong the same way – in a hard, unyielding way, like titanium. I am not titanium. I cried for hours once because my friend held my leftover chicken for me. But, I cried from a place of love, the same love that drives me to protect my friends and to do good by them. I want to show people that there is nothing weak about feeling deeply. Being gentle is a sign of strength and a hallmark of resilience.”

CLARISSE VERGARA

CLARISSE VERGARA

As a second-year Economics student and an opportunist, I study current trends from different ideas to predict what the market is going to be like in the future. There is an increasing trend that many ethnic groups are being targeted for who they are. Even without the emphasis of the media, people are being labeled because of the stigmas that still exist around us. Just because someone is black, it doesn’t mean they are criminals. Just because I am Asian, it doesn’t mean that I have small eyes. I want to give a small reminder to everyone to share, play fair, say you’re ‘sorry’ when you hurt someone, and to think before you judge.”

RIDLEY MCNABB

RIDLEY MCNABB

I am a nineteen-year old, first-year Psychology student, David Bowie-loving, poetry-writing, awkward-talking, tea-drinking kind of person with five foot one and a half inches worth of ups and downs and turn-arounds. I am a paradox. I am an individual. I am a human. Words are one of my greatest passions and I hope to one day use my words to inspire my other greatest passion: humanity. On Mar. 23, I hope to speak to the humans who cannot yet recognize their worth. I hope to show them how brave, scared, resilient, weak, whole, broken, beautiful, ugly and human we all are.”

MAIA KAROLINA STEC

MAIA KAROLINA STEC

I am a fourth-year Sociology student with a concentration in Criminology. I’m here to talk about my passion for being heard. That probably sounds odd because anyone can be heard if they just speak up. I was in search of regaining my voice, so I attended the November BrockU Talks and saw a very quirky and insightful young woman speak. It was at that point when I realized I could be heard again if I re-discovered my passions. I’ve always been known for my blunt honesty and funny stories and no matter the topic, I used to take those abilities and share them through public speaking. So after three and a half years of silence and a well needed epiphany, I realized I could be heard again with a little help.”

ALYSSA BERARDOCCO, SARAH SALT & MARINA PEREIRA

ALYSSA BERARDOCCO, SARAH SALT & MARINA PEREIRA

Sarah: I am currently in my second year of the Concurrent Education program here at Brock. Last November, Marina, Alyssa and I had the opportunity to speak at the Canadian Conference on Student Leadership in Winnipeg. Being surrounded by other student leaders really inspired and motivated me to make a difference at Brock. I am always striving to be the best version of myself and I love traveling to learn about different cultures.”

Marina: I invest myself wholeheartedly into everything that I do and everyone that I meet. My five years at Brock University have taught me many lessons through my Leadership path as a Residence Life Staff and Peer Facilitator for Foundations in Leadership. I am now ready to share my passions with others around the world.”

DENNIS SCHERLE

DENNIS SCHERLE

My name is Dennis Scherle, I was born Aug. 10, 1995, I was named after my grandfather. I’m currently a Psychology student here at Brock. I have many interests from music, to martial arts and even poetry. I am a slam poet. I was on the 2014 St. Catharines Slam Team where we competed in events like ‘Slamtario’ (the provincial poetry slam championship). I also run a radio show on Friday nights with my lovely girlfriend, at CFBU 103.7FM. My future goal is to become a psychologist in a youth detention center.”

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