Welcome! My name is Tiffany and I’m a new student blogger for the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health. I am a first year Ph.D. student in Environmental Health Sciences and I am also working on becoming an R.D. (registered dietitian). That basically means I’ll be in school for a few years to come…good thing I enjoy it!
A little about myself:
I was born in Alabama but sent to live with extended family in Taiwan when I was about three. I arrived back in the United States when I was five to discover that my family had relocated to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (commonly called The U.P. or “da U.P.”). Do not confuse this with “northern Michigan” which ends at the Mackinac Bridge. There are many people who do not know that Michigan has an appendage, that the U.P. is not part of Wisconsin, and that the amount of snow we get in Ann Arbor is piddly compared to what falls in the U.P.
At U of M I studied Cellular, Molecular Biology with a minor in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Sexuality (LGBTS) studies. I then took a year off and worked in a physiology department at U of M where I struggled to figure out what I wanted to do in graduate school. After a very long and agonizing process with many (MANY) variables involved, I settled here at the School of Public Health. And, let me tell you, I am not disappointed at all.
This blog will chronicle my struggles (hopefully not too many) with balancing school and life as well as my interests in and out of public health.