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Featured Alumna: Emily Myers

Alumna Emily Myers ('15) shares how medical anthropology inspired her decision to attend graduate school.
December 10, 2015

Emily Myers ('15) is currently pursuing a master's of public health at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. She shares her story below:

"I knew I wanted to be in the College of Liberal Arts because of the seemingly limitless possible courses of study and the diverse student body. I wanted to be surrounded by curious and unique people who would inspire me, and four years later I am just as excited about learning as I was on day one! During my freshman year, I declared my anthropology major and Spanish minor. Eventually I realized my true passion was health, and I added a public health minor.

Culture is one of the greatest influences on health, and my studies allow me to explore this idea in a variety of ways. I have observed how history, culture, international relations, policy, religion, and even language influence health in Minnesota and abroad. I’ve always loved traveling, and my anthropology major and Spanish minor have led me across Mexico, Ecuador, and even Cuba!

My coursework and global opportunities have always pushed me to consider perspectives different from my own, causing me to grow intellectually, professionally, and personally in ways I never could have imagined. Specifically while in Cuba, I conducted my bachelor’s thesis research and examined Afro-Cuban religious identity to determine how it morphs over time in response to the changing dominant cultural discourse. I concluded that examining Afro-Cubanidad models is an approach to unraveling the historic differences between Cuba and the United States and promoting justice globally. After all, todos somos americanos!"