My name is Abby Gates and I am a second year MSPH candidate in Environmental Health and Epidemiology (EH-Epi). I was born and raised in Clinton, Arkansas, and later moved to Kentucky to attend Georgetown College where I received a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science. Before coming to Rollins and entering the world of public health, I spent most of my professional life in the equine industry. I have experience conducting equine physiological and behavioral research, and after undergraduate I spent over two years working in land conservation with the focus of conserving land that is used for horses and horse-related activity. On the flip side of this equine interest, however, is my interest in One Health, climate change, and its impact on public health. I began nurturing this curiosity in undergraduate, all the while knowing that eventually I wanted to attend graduate school to continue work in this area. Enter Rollins School of Public Health, where accepting a spot in the class of 2019 was one of the easiest (and best!) decisions I’ve ever made. I’m currently working as a research assistant through the REAL program for Emory’s Center for Humanitarian Emergencies, which has by far given me new experiences into a field previously unfamiliar to me. But this is only the beginning of the learning experience you’ll encounter here at Rollins, where each and every day you’ll be given new opportunities to broaden your horizons and enhance the journey of your career in public health.