Tell us about yourself. How did you come to Tulane?
I transferred to Tulane after completing my freshman year at another institution. When I first applied to college, I had no idea it would lead me here, but I can genuinely say it was the best decision of my life. After making the transition I never looked back; the culture of New Orleans combined with Tulane's top-notch education was everything I had been searching for in a university.
Bachelor of Science in Public Health, Public Health Studies 2012
What do you do?
HealthCorps is a national nonprofit co-founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz and his wife Lisa. As a Health Coordinator, I carry out unique school and community programming on nutrition, fitness and mental resilience in Long Island City, Queens. My role involves designing health festivals, teaching an innovative curriculum, and conducting health needs research/assessments. Overall, my job is about inspiring individuals to take charge of their health and make better informed-decisions.
What skills do you use regularly?
My job involves constant face-to-face interaction with students, community leaders, and partner organizations, so communication skills are imperative. In addition, my position involves managing budgets, social media sites, marketing devices, and research protocols.
How did you get to where you are today?
I met with Kathy Ball, Director of Career Services for Public Health students, who set me up on our job notification listserv. She forwarded me their information after HealthCorps reached out to Tulane University about job openings.
What are some of the pros of your current position or role?
Personal interaction, independence, room for growth, and a job I am passionate about.
What insights did you have as a college student?
There are so many opportunities for academic and personal growth at Tulane University and in New Orleans – some take a little more searching for than others, but don't be afraid to seek them out. You only have one college experience, so make the most of it!
What academic advice would you offer incoming students?
If you're confused in the beginning, you're not alone. Finding the right academic track takes time and exploration. My advice is to start with what you're genuinely curious about – if it's monkeys then take an EBIO course, if it's Van Gogh then take Art History. It may not seem clear and concrete right away, but simple curiosity can evolve into a major you love or a dream career.
Do you have any other recommendations?
Study abroad, study abroad, study abroad! My time in Cape Town was undoubtedly the best 6 months of my life. It allowed me to apply what I was learning in the classroom to real life and gave me a new perspective on how I would use my Public Health degree in my professional future.
Other than that, remember to work hard but also to focus your energy on what you're passionate about. Rather than getting involved with every single club/activity, sometimes it's best to find one or two things you truly love and throw yourself into them. Balance is key to getting through college – don't overwhelm yourself!
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