You know what they say, time flies when you’re having fun and boy were they right—7 months later and its April 2018! I can hardly believe we have the first class of spring quarter this upcoming weekend and that I am technically 50% done with the MSHC program. As I think back to how I felt before the start of winter quarter in January, I find myself feeling even more excited for what’s to come. Winter quarter offered a new perspective on topics such as healthcare and technology as well as healthcare and challenging interactions that I had not thought of previously.
I can recall the feelings I had when I drove away from my undergraduate University for
the last time as a student: a fluctuating mix of relief, excitement and uncertainty. I felt a
weight lifted off of my shoulders from being free from course requirements and having to
remember deadlines for registration and tuition. I was excited to begin my clinical
rotations for occupational therapy, spend time with my family aside from school breaks
and get a taste of what life would be like working in the “real world”. I also remember
Every Saturday in the MSHC program is an opportunity to learn, process and share with
professors and classmates. While the syllabus identifies the class topic, between
current events in healthcare and each student’s unique point of view, class discussions
move in many directions. Whether it was an introduction to a new application of a
current concept or a researcher’s work, I never knew what little piece of information
For full disclosure, I went to Northwestern University for undergraduate school in addition to graduate school, so my purple pride runs deep. Yet, despite my history with the university, it was not an automatic decision for me to pursue my masters at Northwestern. Rather, once I began to look into graduate school options, I started to prioritize certain aspects of schools and programs.
When starting out in the MSHC program, I was enthusiastic about the different classes I would be taking. One thing I felt that I was lacking in undergrad were classes that not only challenged me, but I genuinely enjoyed taking and doing the assignments. While in the program, I took several classes that were both challenging and enjoyable. But my favorite class had to be the Child Health and Media class that I took in the summer quarter.
One of the most common themes of any professional event is networking. As an undergraduate student, you are told to network with anyone and everyone. Career fairs can often act as speed networking sessions. In graduate school, the importance of networking is even greater. Professional development events are paramount and every class session has the potential for networking. I have always valued the power of networking as a way to learn and grow in your career.
The Switch: Transitioning into Healthcare
While many students that enter the Master of Science in Health Communication program are already working in the healthcare field, I was working in consumer packaged goods and was hoping to leverage this degree to break into the healthcare industry. Switching industries can be terrifying at times, but I knew transitioning into healthcare was the right move for me long-term.
I can honestly say, one major characteristic I possess is being indecisive. I have always been this way since I was little kid and it remains the same in my adult life. As we all know, being an adult means that you have to make a lot of choices, some big and some small. When you are as indecisive as I am, it can really take an overwhelming amount of time to make a choice about something. When I finally decided to attend graduate school to further advance my career, I realized I had the hard choice of deciding what school to attend and what to study.