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  • Major BS, Fitness and Health Promotion
  • Work history Community Health Educator at UCHealth Healthy Hearts

What do you do on a day-to-day basis?

It is always changing! My primary job involves going to elementary, middle and high schools to educate students about their heart health so, it really is different every day. The constant is that I am working with students, breaking down misconceptions, helping to form good habits and feeling like I am making an impact on their lives. I typically end my days at Pure Barre where I am either teaching a barre class or taking one!

I could go on and on about my experiences at CMU and how they directly relate to me today. It's easy to say, 'how will this help me in the real world?' when we are students – but looking back I see things I learned every single day. In particular, a class I took about health assessments and data analysis using Excel. The program I work for collects data to inform our programming and to learn about the health habits of kids. My knowledge of Excel and simple data analysis has been invaluable.

What was your transition like from being a student to your career position? 

Oh my goodness, hard. When you first graduate it's like the world is your oyster and then you quickly realize that the world requires experience and in order to get need experience. *Insert eye roll here* I spent most of my time job searching and writing resumes when I first graduated. Once I found my first position I worked hard to absorb as much information as I could. Was it my dream job? No. But I allowed the experience to shape me and sought to continue to learn in every aspect of my job. In many ways, my first professional position was a lot like being a student, learning and gaining experience. It inevitably led me to my current position which, I can confidently say, is exactly where I've always wanted to be.

What do you think set you apart from the other applicants for your current position?

One of the biggest tips I ever got about applying for jobs was to send a hand-written thank you note after an interview. I actually take a blank card with me when I go to interview and then afterward, I fill it out in my car with details about my interview. I go back up and hand deliver my note. I cannot tell you what a difference a hand-written note can make. In addition, I've continued to grow. I have pushed myself to learn new skills and I offer a diverse skill set beyond just my degree. Going beyond the other cookie cutter candidates really makes an impact.

What advice would you give to incoming students?

Enjoy. Every. Second. It will fly by, trust me. Soak up the moments with your friends but don't forget that you're here to learn (and spending a lot of money to be here!). Take your studies seriously and manage your time well but make time to take care of yourself, I promise that a well-rested student is better than a student who crammed for the test until 3 am. I am not telling you to take naps over studying but I am saying manage your time when studying and make self care a priority. I met some of my best friends at CMU, Heck, I met my HUSBAND at CMU. Don't take it for granted, it's a blessing to be where you are and you just might meet the most impactful people in your life along the way.

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Published 5/29/2019

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