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Rawan Medina

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What was your Undergrad Institution and Major?

I graduated from Rush University with a Bachelor of Science in Vascular Ultrasound.

What piqued your interest to study health communication?

After working in healthcare for years and realizing that there is still so much that needs to be improved on, it really interested me to find a program where I can contribute to improving health outcomes.

Why is earning your MS at Northwestern important to you? 

Northwestern has such a great community of people! I wanted to attend a university where I know I can make great connections as well as receive a high-quality education.

What are your career goals? 

I have a passion for healthcare, technology, and education and I hope to transition into a role that aligns with these passions and where I can really focus on improving the way that patients and healthcare providers interact with one another.

Any tips on balancing school, work, and life?

Time management is key. While it is important to schedule a time for studying between work and family, also make sure to schedule time for you!

What resources have you used in virtual learning?

Taking full advantage of the Proseminar course and all that it has to offer! There are so many resources available from career fairs, speakers, resume and cover letter writing, and help with job searches. Being someone who isn’t quite sure of what exact path I want to take quite yet; it has been very helpful to have these resources available to help guide me.

What is your favorite part of the program so far?

There are so many people in the program with such unique and diverse professional backgrounds! I have enjoyed getting to know my cohort as well as learning from them. It is interesting to hear the different perspectives of people in the program; each person really does add value to the classroom through their experiences.

What are you looking forward to in the near future?

I look forward to being able to apply the knowledge I am gaining in the program to my career! I feel like I am learning so much and I cannot wait to be able to go out there and make a difference in healthcare.

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

I have two tips: 1. Do not procrastinate! The workload can add up quick between papers and readings. 2. Don’t be shy! Make sure to speak and ask questions just like you normally would in a classroom. The staff at Northwestern are wonderful! They are there to help you and they really want to see you succeed.

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

I always make sure to leave a day of the week where I can relax and not have to worry about work or school!

How has communication changed for you since starting the program?

We started the program in the middle of a pandemic and communication is more important than ever. I have learned how to effectively communicate virtually through technology.