Why did you choose graduate school at IUPUI?
What drew me to IUPUI was the Health Policy and Management department faculty and curriculum, the flexibility of the Masters in Public Health program (MPH), and the proximity to governmental public health organizations located downtown. I enjoy being taught by faculty who publish literature on topics I am interested in, such as public health systems. I have the ability to work in the field while completing my coursework. I also wanted to work in government after graduating and knew that building a network in the city would be beneficial.
What has been your favorite academic accomplishment since you’ve been here?
In Fall 2020, I took a strategic management course where I drafted and presented an entire strategic plan with a group of Masters of Health Administration students. That project identified an interest in strategy, and I think about what I learned in that class often as I perform my work in the field.
What do you enjoy most about life in Indianapolis?
I appreciate how accessible and welcoming the city is! I love hopping on my bike or driving around to explore different neighborhoods, businesses, and restaurants. My interests in art, history, sports, and outdoors are satisfied when visiting parks, museums, and attractions in the area!
Please provide some details about your work/research as a graduate student and/or any activities you are involved in.
I am a member of the MPH Student Association and am a 2020 Fairbanks Graduate Scholarship recipient. I have also worked locally with the Indiana Primary Health Care Association as a project assistant and the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration as a graduate intern. I also volunteer my time with my Sorority, Alpha Sigma Alpha, and have employed my public health background in supporting the organization during the COVID-19 pandemic. These opportunities have enhanced my experience as a graduate student immensely.