From October, 2012

Back to School: Taking a Break from the Professional World

By Lindsey Wahlstrom, MPH ’14 in the Department of Epidemiology When I told my colleagues I would be leaving the professional world for a hiatus—albeit brief—to return to graduate school, the reaction was not what I expected. Rather than words of encouragement and congratulations, I was met with disbelief and skepticism. “Are you sure you want to go back to school? You are absolutely positive you have learned everything you can in the professional world?” asked one incredulous colleague, who herself holds an MPH. “It’s just so expensive,” she added. I would be lying if I said those same thoughts…

A Circus with Some Seriously Good Eats

By Willow Yonika, RN, MPH’12 in the Department of Health Policy and Management I knew I had overcome a major barrier to my work last summer when Katie, the head cook for the circus came up to me one day on the job and out of the blue said she was so appreciative of the food she and her staff were working with this year. She said it was like giving an artist proper tools- it excites them, and makes them want to create better art. For my practicum last summer, I worked for a traveling circus sourcing local, healthy…

Welcome to Mailman and NYC: Settling In

by Grace Lee, MPH ’14 in Sociomedical Sciences For East-coasters who dream of California beaches, it is hard to understand why someone from LA would ever want to leave.  Yet, as a native Californian, I can tell you that I am not the only one to hold a romantic notion of moving to the Big Apple and experiencing things on the “other” coast. When I was accepted into Columbia’s Mailman School, I really couldn’t ask for anything better. Not only would I be studying at a top university in my field of choice, but I would be living in the…