Detroit, Michigan and Shanghai, China
Why did you choose to attend UIC SPH?
I was really drawn to the fact that it was so connected to the city of Chicago. Faculty in this school are experts in their fields and constantly use their skills in real world settings, often allowing students the opportunity to work with them and experience research, community outreach, and investigations first hand. There are a myriad of public health opportunities in and around Chicago which offers a fantastic way to get out and experience something outside of your comfort zone and enrich public health practice skill sets.
How would you characterize student life at UIC SPH?
Active. Students at the school are engaged, focused, and really eager to learn about the community, both local and global. Whether it be a service committee or a global health student organization or the Minority Students for the Advancement of Public Health, there is always something to do, an activity to join, or people to network with. There are also many opportunities to get involved outside of the school, with UIC itself having many student interest groups that are very accepting of graduate students.
What do you love about living and learning in Chicago?
Chicago is such a dynamic city and no day is ever the same as the day before. I love the fact that it’s so culturally rich, with various music, theater, and entertainment options. The opportunities for public health here are so rich and just as dynamic, from working on immigrant and refugee health to looking at aging and accessibility. It’s all here.
Have you had any leadership experiences during your time at UIC?
I was elected Vice President of the Public Health Student Association. This experience has been challenging so far but ultimately fulfilling. It’s really allowed me to connect with students, faculty, and other university organizations and get a behind the scenes look at how a major university operates.
How has your education prepared you to meet your career goals?
I think that the sheer network that I am building is going to be a great resource to me in the future. The school’s alumni network has been very inviting and eager to get to know the students. Additionally, the classes I have taken have been a fantastic way for me to prepare for the job field. I took Community Assessment last year with Professor Hebert-Beirne, and am now using the skills from that class to assist the Skokie Health Department in their own community assessment.