Andrea Goudie

Andrea Goudie Student

Hartland, Michigan
High School
Hartland High School
Community Health Education
College of Health Professions
August 2015​
“I started out as a biomed major and wanted to become a physician assistant. I already was an emergency medical technician and had been working hands-on with patients already. Coming here to CMU, I became a lot more educated on what’s​ going on in our health care system, and I realized I care more about preventative health. Why react to health problems if we can prevent them?”
“I saw the public health major in the bulletin and went to talk with an adviser, asking ‘what can I do with this major, what exactly is it, where can it take me?’ … It’s intimidating to talk with faculty members. My advice is to just go to office hours. They’re not scary. If you have a question on a paper or assignment, if you want advice about careers or grad school, just stop in. Faculty really have a lot of advice.”
My first internship was a big factor in determining my career. I was talking with faculty member Laura Cochrane in the anthropology department, and she said ‘I have an internship that would be perfect for you, with St. Vincent Catholic Charities in Lansing, working in refugee services.’ I traveled to clients’ homes, teaching them English, trying to help them find jobs. It taught me about health care disparities and made me interested in global health. I’m still in contact with some of my clients.”
“Since I want to go into global health, I went to the Study Abroad office and they told me I could do an internship. I’m applying through a company in Birmingham. They’ll be placing me in Ireland, Scotland or London, doing health education or health policy. After that I’ll go to grad school to get a master’s degree. I’ll be choosing between policy — a government route — or do public health education for the public at large.”
“It’s crazy to look back to see how you evolve in college — how far you’ve come, your knowledge of the world. As I learned in the classroom, through student clubs, on my first internship, by talking with professionals in the field — I got my eyes opened up a lot. It’s strange to look back and see how far I’ve come.”
“Everybody says get involved, and that can be scary. My advice is to seek things out. Visit student organizations, attend conferences, talk with faculty. Step back. Take a deep breath. We’ve all had our panics, but it really does work out. It all falls into place eventually.”
  • Member of the Equestrian Team
  • Member of Universities Allied for Central Medicines, a registered student organization focused on global health and ensuring that university-developed health care technologies, medicines, etc. are licensed or patented generically and available cost-effectively worldwide. “We believe health is a human right. People shouldn’t be denied access to health care because they can’t afford it,” Goudie said.