I chose WVU because it’s simply 'Almost Heaven.' The atmosphere of WVU and the unity of the student body made me feel as though this is the only place I was meant to be.
What is your current job?
Patient Services Representative at Regional Eye in Morgantown, WV
Why did you choose WVU?
I chose WVU for my public health education because it’s simply “Almost Heaven.” The atmosphere of WVU and the unity of the student body made me feel as though this is the only place I was meant to be and to study.
How did WVU prepare you to be a public health professional?
WVU prepared me to be a public health professional by giving me all of the key ingredients for a successful career. The motivation of each one of my professors along with the support, love and growing compassion they show really emphasize positivity in the classroom. They gave me all of the necessary stepping stones in order to flourish in public health and made me realize I love learning how to prevent disease and injury and protect the world around us.
Describe your current role as a public health practitioner.
My current role is to ultimately influence people to better the environment by doing what's best for their health in order to boost the overall maximum life expectancy. I also use my knowledge to teach others about protection and prevention.
What advice would you give today's public health students?
Enjoy it! Take in and live in each and every moment! Those numerous assignments that you are piled up with — the research projects, the homework, the papers, the exams — it’s all worth while. Sit back and think of how you are going to influence the world positively once it is all said and done. We are the next generation of the voice of the health of this world! How amazing is that?!
What does public health mean to you?
Public health means the world to me. The knowledge I have gained and being able to spread awareness, which in return could positively impact the good of the world, is such an achieving feeling. Nothing can compare!