General Track

Where did you live before coming to UW and/or where are you from originally?

My family is originally from Somalia, but I have always lived in Washington!

What is your background in public health/global health?

I have always been interested in Public Health for as long as I could remember.  During my undergrad, I completed an internship with Sea Mar which is a community health center here in Washington, and I was able to provide sex education to marginalized populations within the Greater Seattle Area. With that amazing introduction into health education, I noticed the importance of providing reproductive health education as it affects everyone.

Why did you choose to get your MPH in global health at the UW?

I chose to earn my MPH at the UW because it was a perfect match! I really wanted to attend a school that provided rigorous training but also challenged my thoughts. It is very important for me to integrate my previous research skills with new methodologies that I would possibly be learning here at the UW. In addition to gaining new skills,  it was essential for me become a stronger social justice advocate to the communities I hope to serve in my near future. Luckily, my thoughts are challenged every day in a way that forces me to grow as a future Public Health Researcher!

What has the cohort experience been like for you (so far)?

Unfortunately, we are in a pandemic that forced us to take all our courses via Zoom, however, I am fortunate to be in this cohort! We have been able to make connections that transcended beyond our virtual meetings. It is refreshing to be with a cohort that has a range of various lived experiences and are all as passionate as I am about public health.

What do you enjoy most about Seattle?

I feel like I am a bit biased because I grew up here! But I love how I am able to go hiking and go watch a beautiful sunset in the same day. It is so green, lush and prosperous. Other than being a very dynamic city, there is so much it has to offer, especially in the food department!

What advice do you have for students who are applying for the program?

To be honest, at first, I hesitated to apply because I felt like I didn’t have much to offer, but I was so wrong. Reflect on the reason why you want to be here and reach out to students and professors within the School of Public Health. Do not doubt your ability to be a great addition to this school, affirm your place and build your community. It is so essential to have a strong support system to be with you every step of the way!