Profiles

Hilary Sama

Class of 2007
Major/Minor: Sociology/ Political Science

I was proud of the senior capstone paper I wrote but I did not realize at the time how impactful and useful that experience would ultimately be on my career.

 

Who was your favorite faculty/staff member? Story?

Dr. Erin Anderson’s courses were very influential on my path to pursuing a career in policy and public health. The Social Inequalities and subsequent Intro. to Social Welfare courses I took provided me with a solid foundation for the work I do now evaluating federal nutrition programs to improve quality of life for low-income populations. I remember being inspired by Dr. Anderson’s success as an accomplished female professor and was very grateful for her support when I decided to pursue a graduate degree in public health.

 

It is your graduation day. What advice would you now give your younger self?

Pursue a career path that will harness your interests and talents and let that guide you to success, rather than being so focused on checking off certain milestone marks in life that your passion falls by the wayside.

 

Did your Senior Capstone Experience (or thesis project) have a major influence on your future career or your personal growth? If so, please explain what your SCE entailed and how it influenced who or where you are today.

I was proud of the senior capstone paper I wrote but I did not realize at the time how impactful and useful that experience would ultimately be on my career. I wrote a background and case study on cooperative housing, a project that required extensive primary and secondary data collection. It was my first real experience with conducting in-depth interviews, a research method that I now use regularly.

 

Campus Involvement
  • Dance Club
  • Nu Delta Alpha
  • Resident Assistant
  • Peer Mentor
Graduate School:

Master of Public Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

 



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