Personal Epidemiology Application

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When I first started here at the University of Washington, I thought I knew what I wanted to do. As an eager Freshman, who had never even taken a single course in psychology, I thought I had my life mapped out. I “knew” I wanted to be a psychologist and help people with mental illnesses cope with their diseases. I was so excited when I finally got to register for Psych 101. However, after the first couple of days, I found myself struggling to pay attention in that class. What else was on my mind you may ask? I was concurrently taking a course in epidemiology. A class that soon filled my head with an abundance of questions that I couldn’t wait to get answered. No other class had captured my interest like that epidemiology course. After taking…show more content…
Whenever I’m searching for classes to register for, the ones that always hold my interest are about disease. Whether they are communicable or not, I always seem to have a fascination. Both my personal and intellectual interest in public health is due to this. Unfortunately, my family has a long history of disease. Lucky for me, I have been able to stay clear of the family tradition. Yet having the ability to learn more about how disease and pathogens work has always attracted me. As the first person in my family to go to college, it is important to all of us that I have a career that I…show more content…
Starting last spring quarter, I began working retail part time. This however turned into a much bigger time commitment than I had anticipated. I started working 35 to 40 hours a week while going to school and I began to notice my grades slipping. I eventually had to ask for less hours, which did improve my grades substantially. Yet, from all of this, I learned an extremely important lesson that I will always take with me. Late nights and early mornings forced me to manage my time more efficiently, which has helped me through the rest of my classes. It also taught me that I do not want to work retail for the rest of my life. No matter how difficult, I will always cherish the memories I made with my coworkers and the lessons I learned along the
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