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This semester, I was a student intern at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, which has been ranked by USNews as the 6th best children’s hospital in the U.S. this year. What I did there was to follow the clinic lead, Ms. Haycraft. I attended different meetings, helped at community events, assisted with some health educational projects, and delivered health information to the patients and families. I really loved this experience even though it was not for school credit. I cherished every time I was in Children’s Hospital because I feel that I’ve learned a lot from the clinic lead and other healthcare managers and leaders. During the past five months, from August to December, I’ve learned how to manage projects in a healthcare setting by considering different target audiences, what patients and families need, how to run a project for different meetings, and how to create good health educational materials. All of these tasks are related to my program—health communication.

I’m very thankful that St. Louis Children’s hospital gave me the opportunity to be an intern and shadow with the clinic lead. To be honest, it was challenging to be a full time student and still go to the hospital in my free time, but I really think it was so worth it to do that. Therefore, I encourage other students to have an internship or volunteer experience during college. Good luck in your school life or extracurricular activities.


Alumni Posts

Thanksgiving Work

by Alumni Posts on November 28, 2011

in Extracurricular

Thanksgiving break came and went in the matter of a snap. I had a long list of things I needed to complete over the five days, but now I am playing catch up with all my school work this Monday and Tuesday. It’s fine with me though because I spent a lot of my time at Memorial Medical Center, in Springfield, Illinois. I worked there over the summer and became part of the kitchen staff, delivering trays and snacks to all patients and doctors and staff at the hospital. Our first day of break, I spent ten hours working, making money for Christmas. It was a drag in the morning because working was the last thing I wanted to do, but I had to. When I finished eating lunch, I had to sit there and couldn’t help but to count my blessings. A lot of patients were without family during Thanksgiving, really sick and depressed. Over the course of the next four hours when I delivered the trays, I made sure I spent time listening to what they had to say and if they wanted a conversation, I would stay and talk longer then I should. It was really humbling over the break knowing I made some sort of difference in some patients’ lives. When life is stressful and tiring, I think of all those people who don’t have loving families or a warm roof over their heads. It always puts me back in a positive mood. I hope you all have good breaks, welcome back to the work load of school and final exams.


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