When I first arrived at Providence College, I knew two things: my heart was set on declaring a major in health policy and management and that I wanted to work in geriatrics. I’ve since struggled with selecting a career path. First, I was pre-law. Then, I switched to social work and arranged my schedule in such a way that I would have all my free electives within the department. I secured an amazing location at one of the most well-respected geriatric non-profits in NYC. It wasn’t until this summer, when I was interning in the Upper West Side at this non-profit organization that aids homeless and low-moderate income senior citizens secure housing, that I realized that social work wasn’t the career for me.
So, I’ve selected nursing. I’ve always been a science junkie but was too afraid to take it on, thinking that I couldn’t handle the work load. My bio lab this Thursday proved to be just the dose of inspiration I needed. I managed to grow microbes from my hand and forehead in agar, stain them, and look at them under a microscope. It doesn’t hurt that my bio lecture professor, Fr. Nic, is one PC’s finest teachers.
PC has enabled me to gain an interdisciplinary understanding of my field of interest. It’s because of my liberal arts education, and the opportunity to take various electives within my major, that allowed me to land the internship I did this summer…which has no turned into a paying job!
So when people ask me what I’m studying, I find it kind of hard to answer. The long answer is: I’m a HPM major in the liberal arts honors program, with a minor in philosophy and a pre-nursing track*. The short answer: everything.
I’ve managed to integrate many disciplines into my studies. Currently, I’m in an independent study and conducting research on ageist stereotypes, while reading selected books and articles that pertain to aging, health, and wellness. In Fr. Shanley’s Honors Ethics course, I intend to write an ethical analysis of a current biomedical issue.
If you take advantage of what PC has to offer, you too can spend one day examining microbial life growing on your skin and the next reading about Aristotle’s views on friendship.