Q: Can you talk about how you’ve spent your life since graduating from K?
A: I work at Bronson Methodist Hospital in downtown Kalamazoo. I took a gap year to save money for graduate school.
Q: Have you moved? How have you been adjusting to life in your new home? Is it radically different than Kalamazoo?
A: I haven’t moved outside of Kalamazoo, but being away from campus has been different. I was definitely in the K bubble while in school.
Q: What do you do for work now?
A: I’m a patient representative at Bronson. It’s basically the customer service representative of the hospital; I check in patients for their procedures, call doctors’ offices, verify insurance, and schedule appointments.
Q: How did you get into your line of work?
A: I just applied online. Nothing fancy.
Q: What experiences during your time at K do you think prepared you for this job?
A: At K I was able to interact with people who were different from me and I feel comfortable in a diverse setting. I can see many of my coworkers are uncomfortable with certain patients and situations.
Q: What advice do you have for students who are graduating in June?
A: A lot of people don’t have a concrete plan after graduation so don’t feel bad about that. I know people are probably tired of hearing this but everything is going to work out and be fine.
Q: What’s next?
A: I’m starting a Master’s in Public Health program at Emory University in August.