Name: Adrienne Yeung
Program: Social Inequities and Health, Master of Public Health
Hi, I’m Adrienne. I was fortunate to move to Vancouver from Winnipeg, Manitoba to attend my first choice in graduate schools. The Social Inequities & Health program has been a perfect match for my interests. In my five years of undergraduate studies, I studied in Montreal as an exchange student, developed a strong interest in medical anthropology and gender studies, and finished with a degree in Biopsychology. During this time, I spent three years working and volunteering at the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, the Women’s Health Clinic, the Victoria General Hospital, trying out different career paths, and running a small business.
Vancouver has also proven to be everything I could have dreamed of in a city. It’s walkable; I’ve found cultural communities; the skytrain is fast and reliable; the food is amazing; I feel safe. After a year here, I’m still astonished at how unbelievably gorgeous the mountains & the forests are. Summers make nine months of grey skies worth it.
Advice for an incoming FHS grad student? Know what you want to get out of the program (and the city) before you go in. Do your best to plan all your classes and extracurriculars for the two years before you start, because you don’t want to miss out on classes that are only offered in one semester. But if you need to move things around, the program is more flexible than you think. Two years is a really short period of time, and you won’t learn everything you need to be a public health expert, but you can get a good start if you’re selective.