Global Strategies Officer
International Medical Corps
Tell us about yourself. How did you come to Tulane?
Coming from Kansas City, Kansas to New Orleans, I knew very little about the city. I heard about Tulane University through coworkers who happened to be from New Orleans and told me what a great place it was. I came to visit after receiving my acceptance letter and immediately withdrew all my other college applications; it didn’t take very long for me to realize Tulane was where I wanted to be.
Bachelor of Science in Public Health, Public Health Studies 2011
Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
Master of Public Health, Health Systems Management and Policy 2013
Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
What do you do?
I work for a non-profit specializing in disaster response and humanitarian assistance. I research various countries, identify the health care needs of the population, and develop ways for our organization to address those needs. I work to analyze the feasibility of initiating programs in countries where conditions are harsh and efficient health care systems may not currently be in place.
How did you get to where you are today?
I landed my current position through countless hours of job searching and a few mental breakdowns along the way. Eventually it was a combination of dedication, academic experience, and Tulane connections that helped me get the job.
What are some of the pros of your current position or role?
It is amazing to work with people who have been involved in global health for so many years and have been some of the first responders in international disaster situations – learning from their experiences makes the job worthwhile.
Some of the cons?
At first it’s hard to accept that you may not have your dream position immediately after college. It takes time to work your way up the ladder, but it is important to take advantage of every learning opportunity you have along the way.
What did you study at Tulane?
I majored in Public Health and minored in Sociology.
What insights did you have as a college student?
Allocate time to take a class that interests you, even though it may not be along the lines of what you plan to do in the future. You may think you don’t have time, but substitute that easy elective class that all your friends are taking for something more challenging and exciting.
What academic advice would you offer incoming students?
Take time to plan out your schedule, but try not to panic when things don’t always work out perfectly. If you aren’t able to have your dream schedule, take that opportunity to explore other options and take some risks. I spent way too much time stressing when things didn’t go exactly as planned; I promise it will all work out in the end!
Discuss a class that had a significant impact on you.
My senior year I decided to take an Ethics in Public Health Policy & Practice course. From that class, I realized that personal integrity and ethics matter just as much as professional ability. Out in the real world there will be many occasions where your moral grounds will be tested, and this class helped me consider how I would react in these situations. I enjoyed it so much I went back as a TA the next year!
What was your first job after earning your undergraduate degree?
I went straight into graduate school.
Do you have any other recommendations?
Go abroad! As much as I love New Orleans, my abroad experience really shaped my undergraduate career. Nothing gives you the opportunity to try new things and get out of your comfort zone like spending a semester abroad. Also, having the chance to visit Tulane friends in their respective international cities is a pretty great experience.
Join different groups. If a fraternity/sorority isn’t your thing, make up your own “fraternity” with a group of your friends. Give yourself an excuse to do weird things and interact with interesting people.
What do you wish you had known as a first-semester freshman?
1. Where you live as a freshman does not in fact determine the rest of your Tulane career.
2. Bruff Commons is the best place in the world – you think you’re sick of it but you will spend time dreaming of a meal plan and unlimited Bruff breakfast when you’re out in the real world
3.Take advantage of your time in NOLA – experience Mardi Gras day even if you’re tired, try crawfish even if you think it looks gross, and study ahead for finals so you’re able to go to Jazz Fest. There are a lot of fun cities out there, but you will quickly find that nothing is quite like New Orleans.
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