I heard today that I’m being interviewed for a slot in the Doctor of Public Health program at a prestigious university, one whose name carries significant weight in the world of Public Health. Should I be worried? On the one hand, I probably should, since getting in or not will change my life (not to mention my outlook on life). On the other hand, I shouldn’t worry because everything will be just fine regardless of what happens.
What to do?
A friend once told me that there is no sense in worrying about something if that something has no solution… Or if worrying was not going to make a lot of a difference. The song “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)” has a line in it that states, “Don’t worry about the future; or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubblegum.”
Then again, I feel like I’m not doing something about the issue (or problem) if I don’t worry about it. Worrying makes me feel like I am at least working on it in my head, like I care. Even if there is nothing that I can do about it, I can say that I at least cared about it. Know what I mean?
Having written all that, the best thing to do is to prepare for the interview. I have the notes from last year’s interview, so I’ll look to those to prepare. I’ve also gotten some tips from a friend who just finished his PhD work at the same institution. He knows how the game is played, and he gave me some really good pointers on how to approach the interview.
So we’ll see how it goes. Wish me luck… I’m going to need it.
René F. Najera, DrPH
I'm a Doctor of Public Health, having studied at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.
All opinions are my own and in no way represent anyone else or any of the organizations for which I work.
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