Tagged Lindsey Wahlstrom

Looking Back, We First Years Have Come A Long Way

By Lindsey Wahlstrom, MPH ’14 in the Department of Epidemiology After finishing my final exam, I was flipping through my long-neglected emails and came upon a request from the Communications Office at Mailman asking if I would be willing to write a blog post reflecting upon my first year as a Columbia MPH student.  My initial reaction was a wholehearted: “Yes, of course!” I’ve always found it easier to type my thoughts and reactions rather than speak them.  With the delete key a mere pinky-stretch away, I feel more secure that I can do justice to my experiences as I…

So Much To Do, So Little Time: Tips for Coping with an Overbooked Life

By Lindsey Wahlstrom, MPH ’14, in the Department of Epidemiology When I was thinking about whether or not to leap into graduate school, I attended Columbia’s Admitted Students Day. During one of the sessions, the staff “strongly suggested” that we not take on any commitments during the first semester core curriculum. As a person who always bites off more than she can chew (and who suffered from a bit of sticker shock when the tuition bill arrived), I did not heed their sage advice. By the time September rolled around, I was committed to a full-time MPH program, a part-time job, several…

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…