Public health is asking the hard questions.
My graduate health sciences advisor. She took one look at my final term paper and said, “You really should be in public health.” She walked me through changing programs and mentored me through the whole admissions process. Without her, I’d probably would’ve been a PA!
I was involved in a group project which entailed novel vaccine delivery in Nigeria. We settled on using decommissioned military drones for delivery of vaccines that required cold chain storage, something that’s difficult in a country where only 15% of roads are paved. It was a really challenging project but I learned so much.
No matter how great the pressure is to finish an assignment, never forget what you’re there to learn. Graduate school is difficult—it puts a lot of demands on your time and stress level. It’s easy to forget that we’re all here to improve things and make lives healthier.
Neglected tropical diseases. People at risk for neglected tropical diseases far outnumber those with HIV, TB, or malaria, but they receive much less attention.