Graduate degree: Masters of Arts in Public Health, University of New England
What do you do for a living?
I'm a Certified Paraoptometric Assistant at White River Family Eyecare. I'm basically a medical assistant at an optometry office; I perform pre-testing measurements, perform testing on patients, and I take scans of the back of the eye.
How did your experience at Saint Michael's help prepare you for your career?
I'm still deciding what I want to be when I grow up. SMC gives you the tools to do anything. Following graduation I was a water quality intern for a branch of the National Park Service. I decided that that was not for me and I was able to find a job in health care, which lead me to starting my master's degree.
What is your favorite memory from your time at St. Mike's?
You can't go wrong with biology courses or the professors - everyone is so knowledgeable and passionate! You definitely want to take a course with McCabe, Bozzone, and Lubkowitz. The plant biology course was one of my favorites!
Any advice for students at St. Mike's?
I really love biology. However, chemistry, calculus, and physics were pretty difficult for me and I felt as though I devoted a lot of time and effort trying to do well in those classes. I wish I had asked for more help and had asked for a tutor. Don't be afraid to do that!
Explore a minor or minors that are different from your major. I loved my french classes and I studied abroad in Grenoble, France. It was the best 4 months of my life! While pursuing my MPH degree I'm finding that the sociology aspect of it is super interesting and I wish i had taken a class or several classes about it.