• A No-Frills Look at Life After the MPH

    A No-Frills Look at Life After the MPH

    School challenges you intellectually, destroys your sleep schedule and kills your social life. And yet, it becomes a major part of your identity. Finishing the MPH program was everything I imagined it would be. I felt accomplished and content. But there’s something about finishing school that’s unsettling. So many expectations build up when earning a …

  • Sexting and My Thesis

    Sexting and My Thesis

    The final year of my MPH program consisted of building knowledge on the principles of health advocacy, health promotion and sexting. No, that last one wasn’t a typo (though spell check seems to think so). The emerging topic, sexting, was the subject of my two-year long, capstone adventure into the realm of research, statistics and …

  • The Highly Anticipated Culminating Experience

    The Highly Anticipated Culminating Experience

    As I found out, not only is graduate school a sequence of advanced courses in health topics, it also includes a final project, thesis or comprehensive exam meant to exemplify the skills and knowledge gained in the program. The culminating experience is a testament of student proficiency level, but it’s also much more. It’s an …

  • Revisiting My Undergraduate: Part Two

    Revisiting My Undergraduate: Part Two

    My first public health class was human sexuality. The class itself was a big question mark for me (would it be a breeze, a la high school health class?), but I was intrigued and chose it. Many of my classmates were ready to dish on positions, foreplay and other salacious topics. Instead, what we got …

  • Revisiting My Undergraduate, Part One

    Revisiting My Undergraduate, Part One

    College began for me at the tender age of 17. It’s not that I had skipped a grade; I was just born late in the year, meaning I’ve always been the youngest in my class. That being said, I did kill on the STAR exam in elementary school ― so I like to think age …