I’m sure you guys all have interests outside of your majors. We all do! I myself have a great interest in graphic design. I love to be creative and design new content all the time, whether that’s for personal use or for someone else.
As a health major, sometimes it can be kind of hard to fit in creativeness amongst all the science, logic, and cold, hard facts that come with health. I think that it is super important to give time to cultivate interests and let them still blossom and grow….it keeps us sane! As college students, we need that break from school for mental health. I realized that early in college, which led me to taking some particular classes to allow for that.
Freshman year, I took beginning ballet as an outlet away from chemistry. I never had the opportunity to be involved in things like ballet when I was younger, being from a very small community with fewer resources like that. I said “why not?” when signing up for it, and it was here that I realized that I needed to allow for my creativity and self expression to blossom during college. I took a basic graphic design class this past spring to get familiar with computer programs that would allow me to create professional looking designs. It was here that I started playing around with the idea of combining my love for creating things with public health.
In high school, I had always seen this campaign all over my school having to do with underage drinking. It was called “What Do You Throw Away When You Drink”. The thought of this campaign came back to my head while considering different things I could pursue in public health. I looked up the campaign and to my surprise, saw that it was sponsored by the Department of Public Health. After more research, I realized that there are whole departments of public health offices dedicated to health promotion and education which would be responsible for creating health campaigns.
Public health is such a unique field in the fact that there are so many different things you can do within it. You can relate almost any interest to public health, which is pretty incredible. This allows us to be truly passionate about the work we do and find a career that we absolutely love