Life Updates: Future Travels, Current Favorites, and Career Goals

Easter break already! I’m not going to lie, I’m very grateful for this long-weekend break. Seeing that it has been a while since I have posted, I thought I would do a light-hearted update blog for those who are interested.

New Passions

Social Justice

My experience with service while at my college as well as my love for Royal Family Kids Camp has shown me how passionate I am about social justice issues—ranging from the environment, to foster children, to health problems. I realized that I just can’t sit still when there is so much hate, pain, and suffering in the world. I’ve learned that I not only need to educate myself about these issues, but also do my part to be a positive change in the world.

Public Health

I’ve been in this confusing state of not knowing what I want to do with my life for a while know. I always knew that I wanted to go into the medical field, but nothing was really clicking with me because I felt like most medical careers didn’t really encompass my other passions (the new one being social justice issues). Then I stumbled upon a dual degree program that allows participants to get their Doctorate of Medicine and Masters of Public Health in 5 years. I know it seems like a lot of school, but I can’t see myself not incorporating public health into my career. With a public health perspective, I will be able to view health problems on a societal level, rather than an individual level. While I will still be treating patients, I also have the opportunity to look at overarching health problems within a society and figure out solutions to these situations. Specifically when getting my MPH degree, I could see myself specializing in environmental health because the environment—the food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe— is so crucial to our health, and I want to be an advocate for this important issue.

Favorites

Podcasts

I’m a newbie when it comes to podcasts, but I’ve realized how amazing they are! Specifically, I have been listening to them when I go for runs because they are entertaining, but also informative. My favorite podcast at the moment is Ladies Who Lunch by Ingrid Nilsen and Cat Valdes. I love this podcast because they discuss a wide range of topics: feminism, relationships, mental health, LGBTQ issues, etc. The conversations are very open, honest, and nonjudgmental, which I really appreciate.

TV Show—The Fosters

This show is so intense, but I love it because it brings awareness to so many issues—the challenges teen foster children face being at the forefront. Kids need stable, loving homes, and without them, they are more likely to be influenced by gangs, drugs, violence, and even sex tracking. Like I said, the show is a lot to take in, but it addresses real issues that could spark conversations that lead to change. I can’t believe I have to wait until July for the new season to start…

Exciting Adventures

Edinburgh, Scotland

In May, I will be visiting my friend who is studying abroad in Scotland! This is my first solo travel trip and my first time to Europe, so I am very excited 🙂

Quito, Ecuador

I am very excited to announce that I will be studying abroad in Quito, Ecuador next fall. The plane tickets are bought, so it is official. I am so excited for this immersive experience. I know that this experience will both be exhilarating and exhausting, but I am ready to witness a new culture and step outside the bubble I currently live in.

 

I think that is everything… School is going well! Only 4 more weeks left I think. I enjoy all of my classes (even physics), and I truly couldn’t ask for better friends and professors. They have shown me so much love, support, and encouragement, and I am extremely grateful to be at this school.

 

Lots of love,

Hannah

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