Undergraduate Institution: Howard University/Bowie State University
Undergraduate Major: Psychology
Why did you choose the Brown University School of Public Health?
I visited lots of programs but ultimately chose Brown SPH because the first time I visited I immediately felt a sense of community. I felt a little lost on some of the bigger campuses, but at Brown I was welcomed and connected to people who shared the same research interests as me immediately.
What makes Brown's program different from other programs you considered?
Brown is really small, which made it easy to meet and get to know others in the School of Public Health, even if they aren’t in my program. It’s such an easygoing, friendly environment and while everyone is working super hard, it isn’t competitive. Everyone wants to see others succeed.
What do you enjoy most about your program?
I really like my cohort. I’ve made a diverse group of friends who have introduced me to things I never would have learned about, and ideas I had never considered before graduate school. They’re all really wonderful, caring people who came to Brown to learn how to make a change in their communities. We’ve all really bonded over biostatistics reviews.
What is your academic area of interest and why?
I am interested in human-centered design for healthcare, especially for underserved women. I love the idea of using the important principles behind HCD to improve health outcomes. Finding the right problem, creating solutions by building empathy for the people we want to serve, and learning to understand the contexts, emotions, needs and wants of communities, should not just be for fancy new technology. In fact, I believe that human-centered design should be at the core of all healthcare systems and solutions, and I’m looking forward to spending my career centering women’s experiences to design better tools and products with them.
What are your postgraduate goals/plans?
I plan to remain in research for a few years before starting my Ph.D. I’m not exactly sure my research interest for my Ph.D. quite yet, so I want to get back into the world and get my hands dirty before settling down on one idea.
Rhode Island is full of everything I like best in a place: beaches, green space, and good food. I love that the nearest park is visible from my window, and the nearest beach is a 15-minute drive away. It’s great to be able to be outdoors and there’s lots of space to hike and kayak. I also really like that it’s close enough to Boston to visit when I want to, but I don’t have to live in the bustle of a crowded city.
What advice would you give to prospective applicants?
Take this time to explore your interests! I thought I had to come into graduate school with one firm idea of what I wanted to study, but it’s transformed over my time here. Just make sure the school you choose has room for you to explore and grow, not just in your current field of interest, but in others that you might enjoy too!