Noam Greene is a Master of Public Health degree student from Chicago, IL
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Year: Anticipated graduation year: 2023
Major: Master of Public Health
What did you want to be when you were growing up? Are you pursuing that as a major, or have you taken another path?
As a kid, I didn't know what I wanted to "be" as a grown-up! For a long time, I pursued the Episcopal priesthood, but I changed paths and now I'm focused on public health.
What is your major (and/or minor) and why did you decide on this course of study?
I'm working on my Master of Public Health degree. I decided to get my M.P.H. because I work in harm reduction with unhoused people in Chicago. I'm hoping to be part of the harm reduction movement to destigmatize drug use, so people who use drugs can be healthier.
What has been something you have found pleasantly surprising about your experience at NIU?
I was nervous to do all asynchronous, online classes because I've never done that before. But it was perfect for me because I was working full time. The professors always make time to meet with you so you can get support.
How have you connected with other students virtually to study for classes, meet new people or form new friendships?
We have had some group projects that required us to meet virtually over a whole semester. I met lots of my classmates that way! I did an internship with GEH LAB, Dr. Shibata's organization, so I worked with some of my fellow students there, too.
Are you involved in any student organizations, mentoring programs or extra-curricular activities? If so, which ones? How have they added to your experience as a Huskie?
In the fall I did an internship with GEH LAB, Dr. Shibata's environmental health organization. It was
amazing to gain skills and experience from my mentors there. I’ll also be a tutor in the University Writing Center this semester. I’m excited to meet more of my peers!
Who has been one of your favorite instructors/professors and why? What course did they teach?
One of my favorites was our TA for biostatistics, Andrea Jackson-Sagredo. She went above and beyond to help us learn and understand the concepts in the class. I hope she teaches more classes in the future.
What advice would you give to a student who is applying to colleges?
Take your time. There's no rush to attend or finish college. There's nothing wrong with going to school part time or waiting so you can work and save money. When you really know what you want, you'll get so much more out of your classes.
Coming to college, what is something that you have had to learn to do differently?
My education has taught me how to be self-motivated. Professors are there to support you, but they aren't there to force you to study. Your desire to learn is the main factor in your success.
What do you do to relax or recharge?
I practice yoga and dance, and I read a lot of speculative fiction!
Is there anything else you'd like to share about your NIU Huskie story?
NIU has made it possible for me to continue my education. The M.P.H. program is made for professionals who are ready to increase their skills and impact in the real world.
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