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Ida Haynes

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What was your Undergrad Institution and Major?

I studied Theatre and Fine Art at Loyola University Chicago.

What piqued your interest to study health communication?

I have worked in different healthcare organizations over my 10 years since undergrad, but I want to learn more. I have always enjoyed learning about the healthcare world and I feel this degree will help me apply existing and future knowledge in bold new ways across the world.

Why is earning your MS at Northwestern important to you?

I was excited to find a program where I’d meet my classmates weekly in-person, so I looked into the program further. After meeting some of the program’s faculty and staff via the NU website and having a few short conversations with alumni, I was sure this was right for me. Northwestern is an exceptional institution and I’m very excited to be a Wildcat!

What are your career goals?

Understanding the intricacies of the healthcare industry and how communication can affect change is extremely important as the industry grows. I hope to continue my work in international GME and take on larger projects that directly affect health disparity in the US and globally.

Any tips on balancing school, work, and life? 

Track due dates for assignments, evaluations, and class readings for each week in a way that works for you. I have a wall calendar I live by for school that is color-coded for quick reference, I also keep a routine every evening for doing homework.

What tips have you used in virtual learning?

I try to stay organized and I keep my space for work separate from school as much as possible. The one definite advantage to our virtual classes is that they are recorded, so we can always go back and review the material.

What is your favorite part of the program so far?

I enjoy the discussion groups and class time most by far. Though the readings and material are always interesting, communicating with my classmates often challenges my thinking and broadens my mind.

What are you looking forward to in the program?

The vast expertise of the lecturers and professors will most certainly provide a well-rounded and engaging curriculum. I look forward to the practicum when everything I have and will learn will be applied in a real-life setting.

Is there any additional advice or information that you would like to share?

Take a deep breath, go for a short walk, drink a glass of water. I often resolve my frustration or exhaustion by a short break when it’s been a big night of school work.

How do you practice self-care while in the program?

I take one full day off from school every week. I spend the day doing whatever makes me happy and refreshes me.

How has communication changed for you since starting the program?

I find myself applying the principles I am learning every day; at work, in relationships, etc. I think my delivery is clearer and direct with less room for misinformation. I feel more in control of the message I’m sending.