As I wrap-up my blog I wanted to share another post that doesn’t focus on dance but more about my future as a public health advocate. We have taken trips to various countries around the world exploring the different dances and cultures that some may have seen and others may have not seen. However, as a written professional communication class I feel that it is equally important to show where I want to be in the professional world. I have had the pleasure of being accepted to the University of Michigan Future Public Health Leaders Summer scholar program for the summer of 2013. I wanted to share an excerpt of my essay that I wrote (while taking this class). While my blog primarily focused on dancing and health I hope this gives you better insight as to how my passion for health is incorporated both inside and outside of the classroom!
Essayist, novelist, and philosopher George Santayana once said “even the wisest man has something yet to learn.” There are men and women who are currently doing what it is I want to do in my career and I want the chance to learn from them and gain my own hands on experience. I want to know all there is about public health, become an active advocate and yet still have room for more learning. This is no ordinary internship, it’s one that recognizes and produces potential leaders in the health field. A leader is something that I always strive to be no matter the circumstance. We live in a society that is forever changing and by embodying the ability to be versatile allows for smooth transitions from one phase to the next. Leader should be culturally competent. Working together with people of many different backgrounds, it’s imperative to be able to continually learn. In the words of President John F. Kennedy “leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” The health disparities that create gaps in the urban community need to be recognized and addressed. This internship allows those who want to make a difference to find and use their voice and put words into action. Health issues concerning prevention, poverty, insurance should not only be brought to the forefront, but acted upon. My goal, no matter what I pursue is to be a vehicle of change. As with many of my professors who have aided I in pursing my knowledge of the public health field, having an opportunity to be involved in this internship would help me to become a colorful advocate and candidate on my canvas for change in public health.
Good luck on finals and have a great summer !