Undergraduate Institution: Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Undergraduate Major: Public Health
Why did you choose the Brown University School of Public Health?
Coming from a big school, I knew I really wanted a graduate program where I wouldn't have to struggle for attention. Brown’s small size and focus on student success was one of the main reasons I chose my program. After speaking with professors and students, I felt confident that I would be able to learn the skills necessary for my future while also being challenged.
What makes Brown’s program different from other programs you considered?
The individual attention given to each student is definitely something that sets Brown apart. I also really appreciate how my program builds in an opportunity to do primary research with global health practitioners in different parts of the world.
What do you enjoy most about your program?
I really enjoy the opportunities to engage with my peers and discuss the current literature and case studies related to health. We discuss all of the different moving parts related to global health and not just the theories behind the research but the various aspects that go along with applying it. Also, I absolutely adore the people I've met here! Brown has managed to bring together some of the funniest, most supportive, and kindest people in one place at the School of Public Health.
What is your academic area of interest and why?
My interests change every couple of weeks, but overall, I'm interested in resource allocation in global health, young women's access to sexual and reproductive health resources in sub-Saharan Africa, and how adolescents born with HIV are making the transition into adulthood. I think all of these topics touch on issues that I believe are important—the how and why of systems development, the need for women's autonomy, and expanding the opportunities for treatment for young people living with HIV.
What are your postgraduate goals/plans?
I'm not 100% sure yet, but after graduation I'd like to work with an organization focused on program strategy and development. I like the idea of working for a company or organization with a systems approach to health that is focused on community engagement and health equity.
I wanted a city small enough that I wouldn't feel overwhelmed leaving my house every day, but one big enough that I could also find something fun to do if I wanted to! I honestly had no idea what I was getting myself into with Providence when I chose Brown, but I've become really fond of the city. Knead Doughnuts has become one of my absolute favorite places in the world, you really haven't lived until you've tried a fresh cinnamon roll from their Night Cruller window!
What advice would you give to prospective applicants?
Definitely reach out and ask questions! You can read all the information on the website, but I think talking to students will give you the best and most realistic idea of if this is the right place for you. Also, try not to stress because everything ends up working itself out. One of my favorite quotes is “What is for you will not escape you” so take it one day at a time! Good luck!