Environment of support shapes student’s journey in public health
Written By: David Atilola
Purdue University’s College of Health and Human Sciences (HHS) has offered me a plethora of resources to help me reach my goals, and my peers, advisors and professors have helped shape me into the person I am today.
As a public health major in HHS, I have learned that the community’s overall health matters just as much as the health of individuals; just as a doctor would take great care of their individual patients, I have learned that those in the various public health fields care for the community and environment in the same manner. This has helped me settle on a career path in environmental health and safety.
In addition to the college building an environment that makes me feel included and successful, I found belonging in HHS by taking on various leadership roles. One of the more recent and important leadership roles I have taken on is being a member of the HHS Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Undergraduate Committee. Being on this committee, I feel as if my voice is heard, and the different events and partnerships truly exemplify inclusion.
There are many opportunities to connect with others in HHS without feeling uncomfortable. I value being comfortable around my peers despite not having the same backgrounds.