SLU is so wonderful in the fact that you are never locked into one course of study. In fact, you are encouraged to explore disciplines. I stumbled upon my first sociology course as a first year student at SLU. While I found biochemistry equally fascinating, I enjoyed the dichotomy between the two, the micro to macro level of study.
While at SLU, I was fortunate to go abroad twice, a summer healthcare course in Kenya and a semester in Copenhagen, Denmark. It was once I went abroad that I began to truly use the skills I had acquired in class, in order to question the world around me. I found myself constantly analyzing various themes across the societies to which I traveled. I especially noticed myself studying various systems of healthcare and social injustices. As a senior, I wrote my comparative historical methods thesis on the roots and social causalities of women’s sex trafficking by explicitly comparing Cambodia and the United States.
Since graduating in May 2012, I have accepted a position at the National Academy for State Health Policy as a Research Assistant. I work on the Health Systems Performance team, working on projects related to primary care delivery system transformation and the development of patient-centered medical homes.
I have realized my interests were more richly steeped in healthcare and public health, rather than the practice of medicine. I am so excited that I am able to draw upon knowledge garnered from both of my majors at SLU as I delve deeper into this field of study. I plan to return to graduate school in the next 3 years to purse my Ph.D in public health.