Silvia Arizmendi is graduating with a BS in Public Health – Health Management and Policy this June. During her time at Oregon State, she studied abroad in London and interned with Willamette Partnership, where she worked to address and reduce health disparities in outdoor settings, specifically for those with disabilities.
Silvia’s public health background is putting her on track to achieve her goal of becoming a physician assistant.
We asked Silvia about her time at Oregon State and her future plans.
What inspired you to study public health?
I was inspired to study public health, because of the injustice and discrimination I saw within the health care system.
What are you most proud of from your time in the CPHHS?
I’m proud of doing a study abroad program in London, which required me to be on a flight for 10 hours! It helped me conquer my fear of being on a plane for so long and crossing the ocean.
Have you received any scholarships or assistance during your time here?
Yes, I was very fortunate to have been part of the College Assistant Migrant Program, which provided me with many essential resources to help me succeed as a first-generation college student.
What are the most memorable lessons you’ve learned as a student?
To enjoy the little things.
What will you miss the most about the CPHHS, OSU or Corvallis?
I will miss seeing the beautiful trees around campus during the fall.
What’s next? What are your plans after graduation?
I plan on continuing my education by pursing a purse a master of science in physician assistant studies. In the meantime, I’ll be working at Marion County Health and Human Services.
What does health and well-being mean to you?
Having the necessary resources to maintain overall good quality health such as access to a grocery store, medical services, education, etc.
Do you have any advice for incoming students?
Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help. Everyone really wants the best for you.