Zeina Naoum

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Zeina Naoum

Tell us about yourself:

I am a second year student at the Public Health Graduate Program (PHGP). If I am not in class, studying, or sleeping, you can probably find me either excercising or cooking! My absolutely favorite experience was my trip to Barcelona. I was fortunate enough to present my research in Barcelona at an international conference. This allowed me to network, gain experience presenting at a conference, among many other things that I will cherish.

Your education:

My undergraduate major was psychology, with a focus in biological sciences. I received this degree from St. John Fisher College, a small, private Catholic college in upstate New York.

Your vision:

My vision for the future has always been to help others. For a while, I was not sure how, but pursuing a degree in public health has helped me solidify just that. I believe public health will allow me to make a difference, primarily for the underserved populations. I hope to work with an organization aiding in access to resources and healthcare in such communities.

Why Purdue:

Purdue University has always been an interest of mine due to its prestigious title. I was lucky enough to get into the public health program and I knew it was a good fit for me because of the wide range of classes and numerous opportunities it could potentially provide me. My favorite things about the PHGP at Purdue University are the practicum experience and the program faculty. The practicum allowed me to look beyond anything that I thought I would have been interested in, practice my interview skills, and ultimately allowed me to gain experience that I otherwise may have not received. My interaction with the program faculty was awesome. They have been tremendously helpful. I have made lasting relationships with these professionals and am thankful for the opportunities they have provided me with. One of my classes, Design and Analysis of Public Health Interventions, was so much more engaging than anything else I have been exposed to. I was able to create, implement, and evaluate an intervention, which sparked my interest in this type of work. I am now hoping to get a job doing work similar to this and the experience I gained from this class will hopefully make me a better candidate.

Your advice:

My advice to prospective public health students at Purdue is that the professors are there to help you. You will always be a priority to them so never second guess that. If you are ever having trouble, seek help. The relationships you can make from pursuing office hours alone are worth it!

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