Ashley Straut

Track: 4 +1

Ashley Straut

Tell us about yourself:

During undergraduate school, I was a member of the Purduettes, the all-women's chorus that acts as ambassadors for Purdue. In my junior year, I was the producer of our student-run philanthropy show, Phenomena. During my senior year, I served as the "Gold" (student leader) of Public Relations and Campus Relations. I was also involved with the College of Health and Human Sciences (HHS) Ambassadors program, talking to prospective students and families about Purdue and the College of HHS. In my first year in the MPH Program, I became a member of the Purdue Public Health Student Association, which has allowed me to volunteer at various health-related events and listen to guest lecturers throughout the Greater Lafayette area. I have also worked at the Miller Child Development Laboratory School on campus as a student worker, assisting in the inclusive classroom settings for children (6 months to 5 years old). I love to read and learn new things. My favorite books are about testimonies and neurodevelopmental disabilities.

Your education:

I am a senior student with a major in Psychological Sciences, Human Development & Family Studies, Purdue University.

Your vision:

I chose to obtain a Master of Public Health because I want to work in Maternal and Child Health. I am passionate about creating interventions for mothers with high-risk pregnancies in low-income areas. I also want to work with families with children that have special health care needs. With a background in Psychology and Child Development, I am excited to implement the public health theories and research to help those in my community.

Why the acclerated MPH option at Purdue:

I chose to continue my education at Purdue because I have had so many great opportunities here. The 4+1 track, with the in-state tuition, will allow me to graduate with a Bachelor's and Master's degree in five years with affordable cost. I like that the Public Health Graduate Program is new but growing. This allows the students to have some input which will positively influence their experiences.

Your goals on the first year of the program:

I am looking forward to getting to know other students in the program better as we continue our academic journey together. I am also looking forward to expand my public health knowlege and experiences.

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