I’m a public health researcher, a dancer, a service volunteer and a diversity and inclusion coordinator. And I could do it all because I’m a Bluejay. Creighton’s community is invested in its students and the greater good.
Biology, College of Arts and Sciences
Creighton has a close-knit community and supportive faculty, that helped me explore my interests. I knew I wanted to be a biology major when I started as a freshman, and in my time at Creighton, I developed an interest in public health. It’s a broad field, and I explored it through my involvement in research.
My professor invited a representative from a local public health program to one of my classes, and after the presentation, helped me get connected with the group and get involved with their research project. We explored pediatric asthma in the Omaha community. We also worked on a community readiness assessment to evaluate whether the community is prepared for an intervention program.
Being involved in research helped me explore the different areas of public health, and my professor made that possible. In my home state of California, there are a lot of larger schools and students can feel like a number. At Creighton, it was easy to make connections, and the professors are always willing to help.
I was part of a dance club on campus, too, and also served as a diversity and inclusion coordinator through the Creighton Students Union. Additionally, I was involved with the Cortina Community, which is a service living/learning community for sophomores. As a junior, I managed the service sites.
It was hard at times being away from home, but having a community that comes together, academically and socially, was key to my success.