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Michael Lynch

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What was your Undergrad Institution and Major?

DePaul University, Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communication

What piqued your interest to study health communication?

I wanted to explore and learn about how communication, technology and multiculturalism could be fused to improve health outcomes in Black and Brown communities.

Why is earning your MS at Northwestern important to you?

Northwestern University is a word class institution of higher learning with invaluable resources, a bustling alumni network and engaging curriculum. I knew by coming to Northwestern that I would be challenged intellectually while also having the academic and professional development support from my professors, teacher assistants and peers.

What are your career goals?

Upon completing this master’s program, I have plans to enroll in law school where I would like to focus on health law. From there, I would like to fuse my communications, healthcare and law background and open my own public relations and law consultancy that would service individuals, organizations and companies in the corporate, healthcare, law, government and sports and entertainment sectors.

Any tips on balancing school, work, and life?

Calendars and planners have been a Godsend. It helps me keep track of what needs to be done and by when. Also, I dedicate time to nonacademic and professional related activities. I have found that my professional life alone does not make for a fulfilling life. I must be watered and nurtured from other sources as well.

What tips/resources have you used in virtual learning?

Stay active. Please do not sit at that computer and type your day away. Take breaks, stretch, walk, change views if possible. It helps keep the creative juices flowing.

What is your favorite part of the program so far?

My favorite part of the program thus far has been the breakout rooms in our Saturday lectures because it allows me the opportunity to learn about and engage with my cohort in a more intimate setting.

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

I affirm myself with positive self-talk and extend myself grace. I also like to view this program as a marathon and not a sprint. Thus, I approach it as I would approach a sport and treat my body like an athlete would. I eat nutritious foods, drink copious amounts of water, and substitute tea for coffee so that I have the long-lasting, natural energy to power through my day which can include school, work, and extracurricular activities. I attempt to workout, whether it be yoga or running, three-to-four times a week so I am mentally and focused.

How has health communication changed for you since starting the program?

It is apparent that many healthcare communication problems are fueled by socioeconomic factors that political and private entities are unwilling to address.