OCTOBER 4, 2017 – Andrea Dressel (NHS’19), a health care management & policy major at the School of Nursing & Health Studies, is studying this semester at the University of Strasbourg in France.
Dressel is a familiar face to visitors at NHS, where she regularly works as a greeter at the school’s information desk. She took some time, while abroad, to share her thoughts about life on and off of the Hilltop.
Question: What are you studying this semester in Strasbourg?
Dressel: This semester, I am attending the International Institute of French Language at the University of Strasbourg. I am taking mostly French classes, along with a phonetics course and a social justice course. The program is full immersion, meaning all my classes are in French and I live with a French-speaking host family. This kind of immersion is not something I could achieve outside of living in a Francophone area, and so far, it has been a great way to improve my language skills and experience French culture. Luckily, my NHS schedule gives me the flexibility to study abroad for a semester and still graduate on time.
Question: How have you enjoyed Georgetown and the HCMP major?
Dressel: My first two years at Georgetown have been amazing. I have grown more than I ever expected, and I have learned so much about myself and the world around me. Although I love exploring France, I miss my home on the Hilltop. The HCMP major, in particular, has been a great fit for me. The wide range of classes – from epidemiology to health care politics – has challenged me and prepared me for internships and future jobs. Additionally, the professors bring so much real-world experience and expertise to the table, and they are very invested in the success of their students. Not to mention how awesome my HCMP peers are.
Question: Tell us a little bit about your time at Georgetown in terms of activities.
Dressel: Outside of the classroom, I have been fortunate enough to take part in many wonderful extracurriculars at Georgetown, most of which I can’t imagine my student experience without. In particular, pep band, club field hockey, and the Georgetown Admissions Ambassador Program have been three activities that have allowed me to develop new friendships, do what I love, and experience Georgetown in a different way.
Question: What are you thinking about after Georgetown?
Dressel: I am not totally sure what I want to do after I graduate yet, but thanks to the flexibility and range of the HCMP major, I have a large variety of professional options. I am interested in consulting, public policy, non-profit work, and possibly attending graduate school later on. Luckily, between my professors, the Georgetown alumni network, and my internship experiences so far, I am not limited. I can’t wait to see where life after Georgetown takes me. Hoya Saxa!