It is a surreal feeling that a year has almost gone by since I graduated from Saint Louis University. Looking back, I greatly cherish my time as a SLU student and, more specifically, a Theta. After moving across the country to Boston in August, I have begun taking graduate classes at Boston University School of Public Health. I am working towards my Master in Public Health degree with certificates in Healthcare Management and Maternal and Child Health. I have also recently accepted a position as a Graduate Assistant at the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization. In addition to graduate school and work, I am also planning on getting more involved with the Theta alumnae chapter in Boston. Looking forward, I am graduating with my MPH degree in December 2018, and am hoping to get a healthcare management fellowship at a children’s hospital somewhere in the United States. I am excited to see what the next year or so brings me and for more visits from my Eta Omega sisters (I have had 4 sisters visit me so far)!
I am taking a gap year before medical school. So I’ve recently applied to several schools and currently waiting to go on interviews. I’m currently living in St. Louis. I am working as an Emergency Room Scribe to gain more experience in the medical field before starting school. I work as an Irish dance instructor at studio in St. Louis. Over the summer I got my EMT (emergency medical technician) certification. I am volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters and I’m going to start volunteering at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. In my free time (lol) I am doing a lot of traveling!! I went backpacking through the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho. I went on a road trip with Erica Prasad from St. Louis to LA, stopping at many places in between! (My favorite part being hiking Angels Landing) I’ve also travelled to London, Paris, and Marseille France (also with Erica!) I plan to take as many trips as possible!
I graduated from Saint Louis University in May 2017, and since have moved to Boston, MA. Here I am enrolled in a Master in Public Health program at Boston University, studying epidemiology and biostatistics. My favorite part of the program is the opportunity to collaborate with so many individuals with all levels of professional experience, from physicians to nurses to community health workers, and create solutions to some of the biggest health issues our country faces, including the changing insurance market and the opioid epidemic. On the weekends, I have been exploring the New England area, and my favorite adventure so far has been hiking in New Hampshire! This summer I will be participating in a practicum in Boston to work on a cancer research project doing data analysis. After graduation, I will be applying to medical school and hope to return home to Illinois to practice rural medicine.
Post graduation life has been a challenge that I wasn’t exactly expecting. I realized I have interests in working outside of my undergraduate major, Nutrition & Dietetics with an Emphasis in Food Innovation and Entrepreneurship. I enjoy PR and Marketing, areas that I had some experience with as Chief Recruiting Officer for Theta and through my Entrepreneurship classes. My interests in these areas led to the decision to pursue an MBA. I am currently working on my applications and running my cookie business, Brookie’s Cookies, in the meantime. The holiday season is always a busy one! The challenge now is to find a full-time position and part time MBA program in the same city (I’m hoping for Chicago). The most important thing I have learned post grad is that, while it’s important to have a plan, plans can and will change. Being open to changes is often the best course of action. So right now, I am staying positive and working on finding the best fit for me.
I work at Barnes Jewish hospital on a cardiothoracic surgery stepdown unit as an RN. I moved to the Central West End and got a puppy! I recently traveled to Maine to meet my boyfriend’s family. I got a car in the last few weeks so that's exciting. I also went to my grandbig’s wedding in Chicago a few weeks ago to her high school sweetheart who was in TKE at SLU.
Since graduating in May I have been up to a lot. I am still at SLU, in the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program. Along with my post-baccalaureate course load, I was hired by two companies to work part time. I work for Advantage Nursing Services where I am a LPN and Home Health Aide for a young woman with spastic cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and is non-verbal. Most of my summer was spent with her as I accompanied her to day camps and adapted activities to allow her to participate with her peers. My other position is at a specialty hand therapy clinic through Athletico Physical Therapy where I am a Rehabilitation Aide. Here I work with two hand therapists to work toward the best continuum of care for their patients.