We’re happy to introduce you to Eman Faris—our new Prevention Programs Intern! Eman recently graduated from the University of Maryland where she majored in community health and worked as a Health Peer Educator. Learn more about Eman, her passion for health education and her love of thrift stores!
What excites you most about joining the Colon Cancer Alliance?
I love working with organizations that have a positive impact on communities and, as a recent graduate, I'm very interested in learning how nonprofit organizations operate. Plus, everyone here is so friendly!
What sparked your interest in health education?
As a public health major, sometimes I took all of the information I learned in class for granted. However, I soon realized that everyone didn’t have the same opportunity to learn about important health topics like I did. After working as a peer educator on campus, I discovered how much I enjoyed teaching and being a gateway to new information.
Tell us something interesting about yourself!
A lot of people get a small kick out of this, but my name (Eman) spelled backwards is “name.” I promise my parents didn't do that on purpose.
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
If I could go anywhere in the world, I would go to Ethiopia. That's where my parents are from and a lot of my extended family still lives there.
Give us your top three thrifting tips.
After years of thrifting experience, here are my top three tips:
- Be prepared to spend time at the thrift store—gems are hidden and take a while to find.
- Don't be afraid to buy a few funky pieces. Shake up your wardrobe and have a little fun! The beauty of thrifting is that you can take risks purchasing items that might not seem like something you'd normally wear, because you're not spending much.
- Find out when your local thrift store has major discounts. Most stores have sales on a set day every week. Yes, thrift stores are already cheap, but who doesn't like an extra 50 percent off?
Don’t forget, the Colon Cancer Alliance serves as a source of information about colon health. If you have additional questions about colon cancer screening or are in need of support, please contact our free Helpline at (877) 422-2030. We’re here to help.