Undergraduate Institution: Southern Illinois University
Undergraduate Major: Biological Science
Type of Work: Research project coordinator for the Cancer Rehabilitation Lab (CARES Lab) that investigates physical and functional impairments among cancer survivors.
Why did you choose the MS Health Communication Program at Northwestern University?
At this moment, there are many barriers for Latino cancer patients receiving effective cancer care and a low representation of Latinos enrolled in cutting-edge research. I saw this program as an opportunity to learn more about these barriers and how I could learn to use innovative socio-technical design to reduce them. I also chose this program to become an effective communicator, advance my career, and contribute more to my current research projects.
What are your career goals?
Through this degree, I hope to earn a position of leadership that allows me to improve the quality of life for cancer survivors, reduce cancer disparities among the Latino community, and mentor young students who are interested in a career in healthcare.
What is your favorite part of the program so far?
I really love everything about this program. The faculty are knowledgeable, motivated, and provide an enormous amount of support. The classroom is diverse in healthcare professions and rich with different personal experiences and perspectives.
Any tips on balancing school, work, and life?
Balancing school, work, and life can be challenging. Scheduling everything and making self-care a priority (exercise, nutrition, and sleep) has been critical for my success.
Is there any additional advice or information that you would share?
Take advantage of every resource and opportunity that this program offers! Excel your learning by getting involved in discussions inside and outside of the classroom.