Why I Became A Peer-Helper

Poem By Safiyyah Manjra

So they asked me why I became a peer helper?
The answer was simple because I genuinely didn't want to see students suffer.
Any longer.

Am I exaggerating?
When I say suffer, does it sound a bit too demeaning?
Little do they know mental suffering or physical suffering,
These students are ongoing.

They say University isn't for everybody.
How can this be?
Isn't higher education itself a glory.
Why wouldn't an individual want to strive for that so they themselves can see?

What I am saying is if I can help, then why not?
Why would I let another student struggle with untying a tight knot?
The life lesson of being kind and helpful to others is something which I haven't forgot.

Comments about Why I Became A Peer-Helper

Good Day Sir Edwards, i write this in hope that you will see it as I am unable to respond directly. I thank you for writing such worded comments, i found it a very interesting read. Thank you.
(continued) ............... i applaud your helping others. it is a fine thing to do, even if not all those you 'help' profit from it as i assume you wish. i too have been a peer-helper..........with adults with mental illness and children and adults in literacy programs. now i limit myself to supportive, friendly calls to a couple of males with 'mental illness', and to volunteer work in the local library. it helps others AND me as well! to MyPoemList. bri ;)
(continued) .......... i never went back to school and never missed having a degree! i made some friends in college, but most of my life has been 'successful'; and has had little to do with my 'higher education' experiences. i met my first of 4 wives in college. :) (continued) ..............
(continued) ....i KNOW higher education is NOT 'for everyone'.........for numerous reasons. i was directed to H.E. by my high school counselor, but i had no interest in going to college. i went, and limped through 3+ years before deciding to just stop going to classes. at the time the Vietnam 'conflict' and its effects on U.S. society [not to mention on Asian society! ] was more on my mind. (continued) ...........
favorite lines: (for the thought expressed, and the wording, and the rhyme) Why would I let another student struggle with untying a tight knot? The life lesson of being kind and helpful to others is something which I haven't forgot. (continued) ..........


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