Posted by Ryan Morgan on November 01, 2013 at 9:58 AM
By Brigitte Shumpert
Coming into college, I felt like I knew all about sexual education, from contraceptives to what sex actually was. Little did I know that in my University 101 class, a Changing Carolina Peer Leader would teach me differently.
Her lesson was only 45 minutes long but I learned more about the realities of sexual health than I had in four years of health class in high school. I learned how many contraceptives there actually were, how the transfer of STI's occurs so easily, and that saying no at any point is my choice. That day in class I felt like I was the only one that was so naive about sex. While I asked no one that day, I later found out that I was not the only college student who was unaware of the basics of sexual health when I became a Changing Carolina Peer Leader.
Changing Carolina focuses on four different types of health, general wellness, sexual assault violence intervention, mental health, and sexual health. We as students strive to educate our peers on these four topics. We give presentations to University 101 classes, plan events for students to attend for educational and fun activities, and make ourselves available for anyone who may have questions or help. Educating those around us is what will change the statistics and outcomes for many.
Brigitte is a Junior at the University of South Carolina majoring in Civil and Environmental Engineering. She is volunteering at
Tell Them through a service-learning class.