Christine PortraitI am currently pursuing a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in Public Health Practice and Policy. I graduated with a Public Health Science degree from UMCP at the Universities at Shady Grove. I work as the Graduate Assistant and Teaching Assistant to the Public Health Science Undergraduate Program. I am also the Editor of the USG Public Health Connection newsletter.

I am very passionate about Global and Environmental Health, community development, and volunteering. I want to start my own non-profit organization one day. I especially enjoy volunteering on my free time and going on educational trips. Last year, I went to study abroad in Italy for a Domestic Violence course, attended a youth conference in Thailand, and visited orphanages and a geriatric home in Myanmar. Earlier this year, I went on an Alternative Break trip to the Bahamas for Environmental Sustainability and Eco-tourism and went back to Myanmar for the summer. I am eager to continue learning about the global culture and be active in solving the social and healthcare issues.

As I am sure you can tell, I love to travel. My short term goal is to visit every continent, and my long term goal is to visit 100 countries. I also enjoy spending time with my family and friends. My hobbies include trying new food or recipes, learning about different cultures and languages (shocker!), reading, spending time outdoors, binge watching Netflix or Korean Dramas, and doing karaoke (although I am quite terrible at it).

I thought being a USG student blogger would be a great way to connect with prospective, current, and future students. Come along with me on my journey of going from an undergrad student to a grad student, making the most of college, being involved on both campuses, sharing interesting tidbits and insider tips, exploring new found treasures, and being on this rollercoaster ride called life.