The Pfeiffer University UPD Chapter shared a thank you letter from their recent UPD Scholarship Recipient, Christine Baily.
I started my journey towards healthcare administration with my undergraduate degree at Central Michigan University (CMU), where I graduated with a Bachelor's Degree, majoring in Biomedical Science and minoring in Chemistry. I grew up in Michigan and had aspirations of becoming a medical doctor, but decided to put these plans on hold in order to take the opportunity to join the Peace Corps. I was selected and asked to serve in Kenya, Africa as a secondary school student. After two months training and learning Kiswahili in Loitokitok, Kenya, I was transferred to my site at a rural village called Mamba in the South Coast Province. I taught math, biology, and life skills courses for two years, mainly to high school freshman and sophomore aged students at Franz Joseph Secondary School. I lived without running water or electricity on the equator, but it was the "toughest job I'll ever love"! After completing my service term in Kenya, I returned to the U.S. and completed the Kinesiology Program at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro (UNCG) in hopes of becoming a PT. However, after starting my current job at Moses H. Cone Memorial, I felt a greater pull towards administration and the work involved in healthcare. I applied and was accepted into Pfeiffer University's dual MHA/MBA Master's Degree program, where I have completed my MHA practicum and am in my final year of the degree. I am so thankful for all the knowledge I have gained and opportunities through this program including the opportunity to become part of Upsilon Phi Delta!