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Forward Thinker Spotlight: Paulina Anaya


PeerForward Peer Leader Paulina Anaya poses with a sign that reads "May I Help You"
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Meet this week’s Forward Thinker Spotlight: Paulina Anaya! Paulina is a Peer Leader and a senior at Lake Wales High School in Florida. We caught up with her to ask about her Peer Leader journey what inspires her to be a positive influence on others: 


PeerForward Peer Leader Paulina Anaya poses with a sign that reads "May I Help You"
Paulina, Lake Wales Peer Leader

Why did you choose to be a positive influence on others?

Guidance is crucial to the post-secondary journey, and I wanted to ensure that everyone has access to valuable resources no matter their financial means or background.

What’s one change you want to inspire in your school or community?

I aspire to incite change in the way everyone views their post-secondary journey. Many students view their plans as limited, but I hope to encourage greater immersion in big dreams.




What does being a Peer Leader mean to you? At school, what moments have made you feel like a Peer Leader, if any?

Being a Peer leader has helped me grow as a speaker, mentor, and scholar. Helping others realize and reach their dreams has taught me how to view mine. One of my favorite moments has been being able to speak with others about their goals.

What’s one dream/goal you have after high school?

After high school, I plan to attend Barnard College, and Columbia University, and study Philosophy. My goal is to attend law school and become an accomplished IP lawyer.



student peer leaders pose together at Lake Wales High School
Lake Wales PeerForward Team


Some responses have been edited for length and clarity.