Undergraduate Institution: University of Tampa
Major: Public Health
Why did you choose the Brown University School of Public Health?
I chose Brown because of the amazing faculty doing inspiring global health work! It was also important for me to find a small program where I felt welcomed, and class sizes are small enough to get individual attention.
What makes Brown's program different from other programs you considered?
Brown's program is unique in that you are the driver of your education. Professors really encourage you to explore your interests. At Brown, I have never felt like I had to limit or confine what I wanted to study and that has made me a more well-rounded public health practitioner.
What do you enjoy most about your program?
I enjoy the tight-knit group of faculty and peers working in global health and the school in general. I have found a family that is willing to challenge and support me in my academic journey and beyond.
What is your academic area of interest and why?
I have always known that I wanted to go into global health. My interests in global health are extensive and range from humanitarian public health work to HIV treatment adherence research. Studying at Brown is fantastic in this regard as it allows me to explore all my passions and not limit myself!
What are your postgraduate goals/plans?
As of right now, after graduation, I am planning on joining the Peace Corps or the Global Health Corps continuing HIV or humanitarian work. It has always been a dream of mine to serve and I am very excited to continue gaining global health experience. After my service, I hope to work for a non-profit abroad.
Providence is a very connected city in terms of public health and global health work (the advantages of a small state)! Brown has a robust link to the community and its great to see the work we do at Brown be implemented throughout Rhode Island. Providence also has a ton of fantastic coffee shops to study at and can fuel all your caffeine needs.
What advice would you give to prospective applicants?
My advice to anyone looking at public health programs is to take time to research different professors that you might want to work with in the future. It is essential to ensure that faculty expertise aligns with your research goals and interests, as one day they will become your mentors.