At first, I thought I wanted to do medicine. I have a mentor who is a public health major and English minor. Over time I learned with public health you can do different things and still go into medicine.
Before college, I visited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for a summer program. We put on hazmat suits and walked through the center. You could see things like the iron lung machines that they used against polio. I learned about the progression of public health and how far we came.
There are millions of people whose lives were saved from these preventable diseases because we made the effort to stop them and invested in resources to find out how to prevent these things from happening. I like the idea of working on prevention rather than having to find a cure for the disease after the fact.
Because of that, I wanted to focus on it when I came to college, especially now when there’s so much going on with healthcare. I want to go down the path of trying to figure out how to most efficiently and effectively deliver healthcare to people.