Graduating Senior Embraces Opportunities, Plans Future

MAY 5, 2013 - As Lindsey Mahoney (NHS’13) prepares to graduate next month, she has one tip to share with new Hoyas: “Take every single opportunity that you can. If there’s anything you’re questioning doing, just do it.”

Mahoney took her own advice when she decided to join Georgetown Emergency Response Medical Service (GERMS). After training in the Boston area, she applied for the DC EMT license and began riding with GERMS in the spring of her sophomore year. She previously served as the director of personnel and is now a lead EMT.

“It’s been one of the greatest things I’ve done in my college career,” she says. “I’ve met so many friends and got great clinical experience. It’s also helped me to grow in my major and as a person.”

Choosing Georgetown

Mahoney, who became interested in the medical field after taking a high school AP biology course, chose Georgetown because of the Department of Human Science.

“From the second I came to the information session and read about NHS and the human science major, I knew it was exactly what I wanted to do,” she says.

To enrich her time at Georgetown, Mahoney has interned with several organizations, participated in the club field hockey team, and taken a wide range of classes. Along with her bachelor of science in human science, she will be receiving a population health certificate after recently completing her capstone project with Prevent Blindness America.

“I’ve tried to pursue something that was a little different and take a lot of electives,” she says. “NHS gave me a variety of classes that helped me figure out what I really wanted to do.”

Past Informs Future

In addition to participating in the Translational Health Science Internship in Argentina, Mahoney has also been a process intern at Boston-area hospitals to increase patient satisfaction and a public health intern at the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Those opportunities, along with a human science internship conducting research on adolescent smoking behaviors, have prepared her for the future.

After graduation, she will be joining the Children’s Hospital in Boston as a research assistant to create tangible measures for children’s health care quality. Mahoney will also be taking the MCAT in June and plans to apply to medical school.

By Tiffani Haynes