A quick 9-minute story of last Wednesday, the day I successfully defended my doctoral dissertation. It was quite a "day of days," and it ended very well. It brought together five years of hard work. So what's next? Listen to find out!
I did it. I successfully defended my doctoral dissertation last Wednesday and became a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH). It was the culmination of five years of learning, working, and balancing a lot of aspects of my life. I must be honest that I felt incredibly overwhelmed at times. There were several moments when I wanted to throw in the towel and walk away.
As you are reading this, I am in the middle of defending my doctoral dissertation. (I'm scheduling this post ahead of time. So, no, I'm not blogging while I'm taking the exam, silly.) The defense of the dissertation is the conclusion of five years of work on something that began as a crazy idea, became [...]
In case you don't know, there are several steps that you must go through to become a Doctor of Public Health. First, of course, you need to get through school and into a doctoral program. It's a lot like climbing a mountain and having to ask someone at the top to teach you how to [...]
Two exams over two days. Six hours each. Winner take all. The first one is done, and tomorrow I face the sequel.
One year of doctoral school is done. What's next? Comprehensive exams, a summer of volunteering in Baltimore, and tons of projects. Here's what I learned this last year...
Well, the day finally arrived. Today was my first day of class at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. I was a nervous wreck. It means a lot to me to finally be able to go there after all of the things that happened in the last few years. To be honest with [...]
Yesterday, I went to the university for "accepted students' day." The first thing I noticed was the age of almost everyone there. They were quite young. They were kids. But that wasn't all. I also noticed that most of them were women. And then I noticed something else, but I'll tell you more on that [...]
Dear reader(s), as you may or may not know, I have devoted my adult like to Public Health and healthcare. My careers as a lab tech and an epidemiologist have given me some of the most intense experiences in my life. I don't see myself working in anything else than to serve humanity. (I'm such [...]
I was interviewed on Friday for a slot at a very competitive and prestigious university's Doctor of Public Health program. It wasn't a tough interview. Like the one last year for the same program, it was more of a chat. Admittedly my GRE score and letters of recommendation were not as good last year, so I'm [...]