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Casey Yuen

  1. What was your Undergrad Institution and Major?
    I received my Bachelor of Science in Biology from Loyola University Chicago.
  1. What encouraged you to pursue this health communication degree?
    I’ve always wanted to work in healthcare. In Junior year of undergrad, I got my EMT licenses and was working as an EMT; I noticed it was hard to communicate with my patients, my patients don’t know how to ask questions and most of them doesn’t not know how to use the applications that have been provided to help them. That’s how I found out the importance of health communication, which helps others by giving them the voice and knowledge they need.
  1. What are your career goals?
    I hope to become a veterinarian, where I can better communicate with the owners and provide knowledge about the health of their pets.
  1. Any tips on balancing school, work, and life?
    It has been challenging to balance school, work, and life, but it all comes down on how you manage your time. I recommend making a routine throughout the week to work on your homework, such as everyday from 6pm-9pm is only for homework. You will be less stressful, when the due date is close. I find it super helpful to reach out to the TAs or classmates every week to summarize what you have learned in class.
  1. How do you practice self-care while in the program?
    Sometimes it is better to have multiple breaks to relax, then wait until you feel it is too much to handle. Every morning I give myself 30mins to do anything but work or school related. This really helped me to keep my mental health in a good place.
  1. How have you been able to use the current content in your work?
    I am more aware about my interactions with others especially when I need to be direct to my patients. I started to use different perspectives to understand the roots of the problem, and implement the tools I have learned to better assess the situation. I am excited to implement the new communication skills to give others the voice and knowledge to be successful in their health.