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 the public health effects of climate change and the One Health concept. I began nurturing this curiosity in undergraduate, all the while knowing that eventually I wanted to attend graduate school to continue work in these areas. 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. Last academic year I held a REAL position with Emory’s Center for Humanitarian Emergencies, and this past summer I completed my practicum through a fellowship with the Vermont Department of Health Climate & Health Program. Lastly, this year I have accepted a REAL assignment with the Global Tuberculosis Branch, Division of Global HIV and Tuberculosis in the Center for Global Health at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.