All the professors have been motivating and encouraged me to strive to test the boundaries of public health. It has made me look at the world from a different perspective.
Why did you choose to study public health at WVU?
The West Virginia University School of Public Health has a warm and welcoming atmosphere. All the professors have been motivating and encouraged me to strive to test the boundaries of public health. It has made me look at the world from a different perspective.
Have any members of the faculty or staff influenced you in a unique way?
Dr. Steve Davis' project management class has inspired me to pursue a master's degree in project management at George Washington University.
What advice would you give to your freshman self?
If I could give my freshman self advice, I would tell her to be her true authentic self. Find the people and community that make you motivated to be your best self. I was fortunate enough to find this community in the School of Public Health.
How have your experiences in the School of Public Health helped prepare you for your future?
The School of Public Health has helped me develop professionally by providing me with many different professional development classes that many other colleges do not provide their students with. The skills I have learned in their classes have helped me differentiate myself within the workforce and prepared me to be able to enter the workforce confident in myself and my abilities. The school taught me so much about how to present myself as a professional, too.
What do you plan to do upon completion of your degree?
When I graduate from WVU, I will be commissioned into the Air Force as a second lieutenant projected to be an Airfield Operation Officer. I will be managing radar systems, weather systems, airfield maintenance and air traffic control. During this time, I will also be pursuing a master's degree in project management at George Washington University.
Share your favorite memory at WVU.
My favorite memory at WVU is creating so many lasting and genuine friendships with other students in my program.
Tell us about your field placement experience.
My field placement was with Girls on the Run. I became CPR-certified and certified as a coach. My main focus was coaching a team of 20 girls in 3rd-5th grade and preparing them for the 5K celebration.
What would you tell prospective students about WVU and the School of Public Health?
Talk to your teachers! All my professors have been wonderful and supportive. They can't help you if you don't communicate with them.