Student Spotlight: Diandra Thompson
- Why did you choose this MPH program and what do you like about the program so far?
I chose this MPH because of its international nature, which is so important in the field of public health. I obtained my bachelors degree in public health in the United States and I knew it was important to also understand public health from a European perspective., especially as I am European. I was of course drawn to the fact that the program is in the phenomenal city of Paris, as well as the first and still only MPH program to be taught all in English in France. So far, I really like the array of lecturers we have that come from great organisations and universities worldwide. By far the best part of the program are the people There are just over 40 of us and we represent over 20 countries and it’s amazing!
- Tell us about your academic background and work experience.
As mentioned before, I obtained my bachelors degree in public health, in 2014. I then worked for just under a year as an HIV Outreach Specialist which was a great start to my public health career. During my undergraduate career I was also be able to be a research assistant for studies related to HIV and STIs, as well as peer health educator, which were very important milestones in my young public health journey.
- How do you like to spend your free time in Paris?
Oh man! Free time in Paris is ALWAYS a good time for me. My most favorite thing to do is to jump on a couple of metros and get off at stations I never heard of before and just find my way. I always find somewhere beautiful, something interesting, a cute café or maybe a good sale. But really, in Paris I just like to explore! Just yesterday I discovered a beautiful part of Paris I have never seen before. It just keeps on unraveling.
- Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Ummm… that’s the problem. I have no idea! I do not even know where I see myself after graduation a year and a half from now.
- What are your favorite hobbies or activities?
Traveling! I travel a lot and every moment I get the chance. I do not feel like I currently have that many hobbies but I am trying to discover that a little more this year.
- How has your lifestyle changed in Paris compared to where you previously lived?
I lived in Florida prior to here so it’s a major difference. The food, language, culture, the cold, the beautiful beautiful architecture and streets. I am a lot more free-spirited here and on the other hand a lot more stressed because the French administration… I’ll save that for another day.
- Tell us one thing about you that many people don’t know?
I do not eat orange colored sweets. Even if they don’t taste like orange (like M&M’s), I still won’t eat them.
- What are three things on your bucket list?
Visit 50 countries by 50, use a water flyboard (or at least attempt) and be able to cook like my mum J
- How did you become interested in Public Health?
I remember this clearly. I was contemplating life on my bed one day, and knew I was not happy in my major in biomedical sciences. I started looking up different class options and saw public health. I was confused because I never heard of this field before… like ever. So I took the introduction to public health class and the professor started with “What is public health”. After she broke it down, that’s when I realized public health is everything! And I fell in love that morning lol.
- If you could choose a different career path other than public health what would it be?
I would be a travel writer, travel planner, travel blogger, travel critic or whatever. As long as it would be travel-related. Not giving up on that dream yet!
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EHESP PHIN Newsletter Team