The main objective of public health is to promote healthy habits and prevent injury and illness. To me, public health is a field that operates by the motto “leave it better than the way you found it."
How do you define public health? What does it mean to you?
The main objective of public health is to promote healthy habits and prevent injury and illness. To me, public health is a field that operates by the motto “leave it better than the way you found it." I like to pair public health with this quote because in this field, you are always going to be dealing with some type of issue. So, an issue just existing means that there is a way to make it better. I like finding solutions for things and helping others –and that makes public health exciting for me.
Why did you choose WVU for your public health education?
West Virginia University has been my dream school since I was very young because my dad is a WVU alumnus, and he got me hooked on WVU sports. I am also a West Virginian through and through, who is proud to call it home.
Have any of your professors or staff members influenced you in a unique way? If so, how?
There have been many faculty who have made being in Public Health so special to me. Scot McIntosh has given me so much guidance throughout the short two years that I have been in the school. He has been great; when I transferred here, everything was online, and I didn’t really know anybody or even know a whole lot about public health, and he made the transition much easier for me.
Tell us about your field placement experience.
I did my capstone experience with the Monongalia County Health Department. It was a great place to volunteer because there was so much going on with the pandemic, combined with other ongoing issues. My time spent with the health department mainly consisted of working at the COVID testing and vaccine clinics. I would register people who were coming to get tested/vaccinated. I was also able to work with the quick response team in creating brochures that could possibly be displayed at certain women’s health clinics in the area. Additionally, I learned how a vaccine is prepared on site; how to administer Narcan to someone who has overdosed; and many things about the population, like different health statistics and how diverse the population in this area is.
What advice would you give to your freshman self?
Don’t be scared to put yourself out there, exposure is only going to help you grow and learn. Join more clubs or organizations and take advantage of more opportunities.
What do you think is the best tradition at WVU?
Singing "Country Roads" after a WVU win.
Why should someone choose WVU to study public health?
The opportunities are abundant, and the faculty are so good at helping students get involved with those opportunities. The classes are generally small and more personal.
What do you plan to do upon completion of your degree?
I’d like to work a few months then travel to decide where I want to live.
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What is a favorite place you’ve visited?
Key West, because of the sunsets
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What are some of your favorite things to do when you’re not doing schoolwork?
Exercise, watch Netflix and cook.