Hi! My name is Shakila Ali and I am a second-year Global Health student with a concentration in Community Health Development and a certificate in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Education and Behavior from the University of Florida in 2019. I’m primarily interested in refugee and humanitarian health, human rights, and health disparities. The Rollins School of Public Health has so much opportunity to tailor your degree and experience towards your specific interests. One thing I greatly appreciate about the school is the strong sense of community and network. I’m grateful to be here and look forward to providing as much input as I can to incoming and prospective students. Aside from the academics and program, Atlanta has so much to explore and see ranging from nature trails and parks to unique coffee shops and local spots. I look forward to sharing as much as I can with you about the city and school!
Hi everyone! My name is Sarah Chelli. I am a second-year Global Health student with a concentration in Community Health Development, pursuing the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) certificate. I’m originally from central New Jersey and I graduated from Rutgers University in 2020 with a double major in Public Health and Spanish. While in undergrad, I had the opportunity to travel to Nicaragua and Panama where I was able to learn more about community health and health education programs, specifically program planning and implementation. Health education and WASH are just two of my many public health interests. One of my favorite things about Rollins is that there are so many ways to combine and explore your interests by taking classes outside of your department and joining different clubs! Outside of classes, I currently work as a COVID-19 Contact Tracer for my local health department in NJ. Whenever I have free time you can find me stress baking, buying more plants for my apartment, or exploring the Atlanta food scene. I’m super excited to share my Rollins and Atlanta experiences with you!
Hey everyone! My name is Sofia Huster and I am a second-year Global Health student with a concentration in Community Health Development. I am originally from Indiana (Hoosier nation!), but attended undergrad at Elon University in North Carolina, where I majored in Public Health and Spanish and worked with my local health department. After graduation, I served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with a healthcare non-profit in North Carolina that focuses on increasing access and affordability of healthcare for vulnerable populations. My public health interests include addressing racism and homophobia as public health problems, health equity, and mental health among LGBTQ+ people and POC. I am currently working remotely as a Health Equity Report Researcher at the Center for Health Equity in Louisville, KY through the REAL program. My passion for social justice has informed my pursuit of Public Health and motivated me to attend Rollins. Here at Rollins, I have met so many amazing people and experienced a wealth of support that I can’t way to share with you! When I am not working or studying, you can most likely find me outside hiking, exploring, or trying out new coffee and food spots.
Hi y’all! My name is Aishwarya (she/her/hers) and I’m a second- year Global Health student pursuing a concentration in Community Health Development and Certificate in Socio-Contextual Determinants of Health. I’ve lived in many places, but most recently, home for me is Dallas, Texas. Before I came to Rollins, I was (am!) in medical school; I took a break between my third and fourth years to pursue an MPH. I’m primarily interested in sexual and reproductive health, and my goal is to become a primary care physician who spends her career working at the intersection of medicine and public health. Outside of the classroom, I pride myself on being an avid foodie with the best recommendations (seriously, ask any of my friends), and in my spare time, I love to bake, Netflix (currently on Grey’s Anatomy), and explore what Atlanta has to offer. In spite of the challenges that current circumstances have created (pandemic, election, 2020 in general), I am loving it here and I’m happy to chat about my experience at Rollins, my MPH applications journey, life in Atlanta, or anything else you might want to know about!
Hi everyone! My name is Nick Laramee and I’m a second- year Global Health student with a concentration in Infectious Diseases and a certificate in Humanitarian Emergencies. I am originally from right outside the Charlotte, NC area, but I also grew up in the Boston, MA area for half of my life. I attended the University of South Carolina for my undergraduate studies (Go Cocks!!). I graduated from UofSC in 2019 with a B.S. in Public health and a minor in Psychology. After graduation, I took a gap year by spending some time as a whale watching tour guide in Juneau, AK for a couple months and working in South Africa as an HIV/AIDS Outreach Coordinator Volunteer with Peace Corps before getting evacuated due to COVID-19. Currently, I work as a Contact Tracer Team Leader for Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC) and I am a Research Assistant for the Malaria Branch of the CDC. I am currently one of the Co-Presidents for the Student Outbreak Response Team (SORT) and a Co-Lead for the Needs Assessment Team for the COVID-19 Student Task Force (CROWN) at Rollins. My public health interests include emergency outbreak response, humanitarian emergencies, infectious diseases (specifically zoonotic diseases), social determinants, and one health. Outside of campus, you can find me attending concerts/music festivals, hiking, snowboarding, traveling, the gym, and hanging with friends on the Beltline. I am excited to share my Rollins experience with you all and the amazing opportunities that Rollins and Atlanta have to offer.
Hey Everyone! My name is Rohan Shah, and I am a second-year Global Health student with a concentration in Infectious Diseases and a certificate in Mental Health. I am originally from Raleigh, North Carolina and most recently lived in Richmond, Virginia prior to moving to Atlanta. I graduated from Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!!) in Spring 2019 with a B.S. in Clinical Neuroscience. After graduation, I worked as Chief Scribe for Virginia Cancer Institute in Richmond for a year. My interest in public health peaked during my senior year in undergrad when I was able to volunteer with a Non-Governmental Organization in Bihar, India which focused on providing essential health services, education, and food for the most vulnerable populations. My public health interests include infectious diseases, non-communicable diseases, chronic diseases, and public mental health, especially within minority and refugee populations. Within a few short months, Rollins has become a second home due to the diverse and inclusive nature of not only the students, but the supportive faculty! While we all navigate through uncertain times, it has shown the importance of public health now more than ever. Outside of school you can find me exploring Atlanta and trying to find the best ice cream shop around. I am excited to share with prospective students my experience and all the wonderful opportunities Rollins has to offer!
Hi, y’all! My name is Tianni Spence, and I’m a second-year Global Health student with a concentration in Community Health Development and pursuing a certificate in Maternal and Child Health. I’m originally from Miami, Florida. I graduated from the University of South Florida in Tampa (Go Bulls!), where I majored in Health Sciences with concentrations in Biological Health and Health Management. I always say that I became passionate about public health before I even knew what public health was. I am interested in disparities in healthcare, especially those among women of color. While at USF, I was on the Student Advisory Board for the Activist Lab, and I learned how to combine advocacy and education to address public health issues. Because of this, I decided to pursue an MPH to gain the skills necessary to help educate others and work to bridge the gaps in healthcare. So far, Rollins has challenged me while providing immense support, especially during these weird times. I am so excited to share my Rollins experience with you all!