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Brendon Tero

Brendon Tero

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Undergraduate Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Undergraduate Major: Community Health- Health Administration

Type of Work: Non-profit, Social Services: Sr. Prevention Coordinator with a focus on HIV prevention and elimination.

Why did you choose the MS Health Communication Program at Northwestern University?

I choose the MS Health Communication Program at Northwestern University to enhance my career and have the ability to make a meaningful impact on our healthcare system. It’s no secret that our healthcare system has layers of problems attached to it; I was particularly intrigued by how the intentionality surrounding effective communication has the ability to address most of them, if not prevent them all together. Aside from the knowledge I knew I would gain from this prestigious institution, I also wanted to be a part of a strong network community that focuses on building relationships and how that translates into opportunities in the future.

What are your career goals?

My current, short-term career goal is to use my communication skills in my current position working in Non-profit. I, eventually, desire to transition into a position which will allow me to use these skills while managing a team of individuals. My long-term goal is to work for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a Health Analyst.

What is your favorite part of the program so far?

My favorite part of the program so far (aside from our close-knit class and phenomenal instructors) is our Pro-Seminar Course which bring current Health Professionals into our space to speak with the class. The opportunity we receive from being able to speak to the CEO’s, Physicians, Project Managers et al. of well-known organizations, that we otherwise may not have had the opportunity to do, is invaluable. This small, yet significant piece of the program positions all students to expand upon our current network.

Any tips on balancing school, work, and life?

Tips for balancing school, work and life? Once I figure this out, I will get back to you. In all seriousness:

For School: it is crucial to stay organized for class in order to stay on top of assignments. Keep a planner which will help keep track of assignments and create a group-chat with classmates. We advocate, encourage and push each other (and constantly remind one another of deadlines).

 For Work: find ways to apply the teachings from class to your current position. The application of things learned make the content easier to grasp and exciting because you really begin to see how important everything we are being taught is relevant, no matter the field.

 For Life: do not forget self-care. It is probably the most important of all three. Self-care allows you to be good to yourself so that you are able to perform at your optimal-potential in class and at work.

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

Advice I would like to share is utilize all the resources available to you through the program. Communicate with your professors because they want to see you succeed. Although the program is only 1-year; it flies by. Take moments to appreciate your classmates, professors and TA’s and the sharing of experiences. There is so much to learn; be a sponge and absorb all you can. But, above all, enjoy it!