Tagged student life

12 Public Health Tips to Help with Your Midterms

by Augusta Williams in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, MPH ’15 Surprisingly, we’re officially almost halfway through the semester. Second-year students have applied for graduation and are either searching for jobs or have been accepted into medical and professional schools. First-year students are applying to practicums, adjusting to life after the Core, and wondering…

Where to Eat When in NYC

Congratulations! You’ve made it to NYC, started to unpack, and have had your first few days of new student orientation. What’s next? Finding out where to eat, of course. Thankfully, some of our returning students have already scoped out the area for some prime eating locations. Vegan and Vegetarian Friendly Cafe Blossom – Delicious Vegan Dining…

The Dual Challenges of Pursuing a Dual Degree in Social Work and Public Health

By Brian Kim, MPH ’13, Department of Sociomedical Sciences, and MS ’13, School of Social Work It was a long shot, applying to two top-ranked graduate schools—the Columbia School of Social Work and the Mailman School of Public Health—at an Ivy League university. Looking back, I was foolishly optimistic, a tad naïve, and definitely crazy to think that I would make a successful dual-degree candidate. When I received my acceptance letter into both schools, after the initial surprise and happiness I was drowning in anxiety. Would I be able to survive the academic rigors of the program? What had 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…