Student Spotlight: Jennifer Walker, December 2017 Graduation Marshal for CLA
Published on Nov 09, 2017
Jennifer Walker represented the College of Liberal Arts at the December, 2017 Graduation. She took time out of her hectic schedule to highlight her Auburn experience, and to share some great advice with fellow students.
Would you tell us about yourself? (where you’re from, how you chose to attend Auburn, and how you chose your major?)
I grew up in Madison, Alabama. I first visited Auburn when my older sister was going on college tours, and we went to an Auburn game. I really enjoyed the welcoming atmosphere, and I knew I wanted to be a part of the Auburn family. I have been interested in a career in the healthcare field since high school. My sophomore year at Auburn, I had the chance to volunteer at a local clinic for the uninsured. That experience really helped me choose to major in Health Services Administration.
What was your favorite class at Auburn?
My favorite class at Auburn was definitely Whitewater Kayaking! I didn't know it was whitewater kayaking when I signed up, but it ended up being so much fun going on the trip and camping out with friends. The freezing cold river water in November was great motivation to make it through the rapids without flipping!
Do you think your classes and studies at Auburn have prepared you for what lies ahead? If so, why?
I feel very prepared as I approach graduation. Our program includes a business minor and an internship, which gave me the chance to work in the specific area I was interested in to see if it would be a good fit for me. My classes have given me the background knowledge and healthcare specific skills I need to be prepared to enter the field.
What are your plans after graduation?
I am pursuing in a career in data analytics in a hospital setting. I am interested in working on clinical decision support, quality data measurement and reporting, and quality improvement projects. After working for a few years, I plan on going to graduate school for Healthcare Quality Improvement and Patient Safety.
As someone who is about to graduate, what advice do you have for freshman?
My advice for freshman is to not stress about figuring out your major right away. Sometimes it takes time to learn about what you enjoy and what possibilities are even out there. What helped me the most was getting involved in volunteering, student organizations, or part time jobs where I could learn more about what I was interested in. I would also say that once you do choose a major, definitely get involved in any organizations for your specific major. And try to make the most of your freshman year - go to all the free events!