For Courtney, an undergrad degree just wasn’t enough! She is in the process of completing her first year as a Public Health graduate student here at Campbell. Thanks to the 3-2 program, Courtney will be graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Health Communication undergrad degree and a Master of Science in Public Health degree in just 5 years.
Q: What made you want to go into graduate school?
A: When I came into college as a freshman, I originally did not think I would go to graduate school. Sure, I had dreamed about it for future purposes, but the thought did not cross my mind until sophomore year. After I switched majors from Pre-Pharmacy to Health Communication, my new advisor introduced me to the idea of completing a 3-2 Bachelor of Science in Public Health Accelerated Program. This opportunity allowed me to advance into graduate school a year earlier than planned. Granted, I still had to apply and go through the interview process, but that one in a million chance just couldn’t be passed up!
Q: Why did you choose the Public Health Program?
A: I chose the Public Health program at Campbell because of their driven focus. Working in the backyard of the university, they strive to transform rural and undeserved areas in a sustainable way. From your first week on campus, you are encouraged to out into the community – learning hands-on, building relationships, forming career networks, and changing the world!
Q: How will obtaining this graduate degree help you as you search for a career prior to graduation?
A: I am not worried in the least way about finding a job because I know Campbell, Department of Public Health, has my back. While I complete my coursework throughout the semesters, I also develop and maintain connections with potential bosses through required practicums. This internship-like work with a specialization in rural communities will further help me as I aspire to ignite my passion in the position I’m offered upon graduation. If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life, right?
Q: Would you suggest this program to any student deciding whether or not to pursue Public Health, or even a graduate degree as a whole?
A: I would absolutely recommend an MSPH degree to anyone and everyone. That’s the great thing about this particular education – it’s suited to people from all undergraduate backgrounds. I would especially suggest to those who are still searching for that light at the end of the tunnel, discouraged about not finding the right major, to take a leap and try the 3-2 Accelerated Program. It has entirely changed my perspective in the best way possible, and gives me a lens to view the world in a light that not many people see firsthand. If you think graduate school isn’t for you, I still advise you to advance your education in some form or fashion. I can’t thank Campbell enough for pushing me to think outside the box and expand my horizons. Starting professional academia at the age of 21 was not ideal to me, but now, with a year left of schooling, I couldn’t imagine myself in any other place with two degrees.
Interview by: Kaitlyn Dixon