Sponsor: Craig Walseth
Alumnus and former junior peer counselor Scott Rupprecht ’14 (pictured with his group of 8th grade boys) shares why he wanted to become a JPC and what he learned from his experience in the program.Learn more
During my sophomore year, I become a junior high small group leader at my church. I learned that I love serving and hanging out with junior high kids and getting to know them on a deeper level. When I learned that I could become a junior peer counselor at Westminster, I immediately jumped at the opportunity.
When I was in middle school, I didn’t know many people. During 7th and most of 8th grade, I had few friends and was basically a loner. However, growing up through freshman and sophomore year, I found a great group of friends who are hilarious and awesome. One of my goals is to be a good role model and to always be there for my guys who I know are going through a rough time. I want to be someone who they know they can hang out with and trust, so none of them has to be a ‘loner’ like I was.
During my time as a junior peer counselor, I learned that I enjoy being around a close-knit group of guys who get to know one another better and really just have fun. The easy part was getting the guys to talk; the hard part was getting them to talk about issues on a deep or personal level. However, we would get through the awkward moments and move on. The experience as a whole was awesome, and being a JPC was one of the best decisions I made during my junior year.