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Laura Hopkins ’22

Laura Hopkins ’22


Laura Hopkins ’22

Why did you choose Texas A&M’s School of Public Health? 

“Because of Texas A&M’s reputation and the flexibility of the online degree program. Being a full-time teacher, I needed a program that worked with my schedule. Also, I always wanted to be an Aggie.”

What has your experience been like in the program? 

“It has been a very good experience. I have met quite a few people in my classes, and we have stayed connected throughout the program.  The professors are very helpful. I feel like I have learned many new skills and gained a great deal of knowledge.” 

How do you feel this program has helped you prepare for a post-grad career? 

“The program gives guidance on how to apply the knowledge we are learning, and I especially appreciate the practical experience provided in data analysis. Through projects and presentations, we have been afforded lots of hands-on experience.” 

What level of support have you received while in your program? 

“I have received a lot of support. The professors are very open to answering questions. It does not matter if it is in the evening or on the weekends, they are quick to respond. They never make it feel like you are inconveniencing them. Other students are willing to help you as much as they can. It is a strong community where we can support each other.” 

How has your experience been like in a completely virtual program?

“Coming into it, I did not realize how much community I would experience. The professors have done a really good job of making sure we interact in groups. It feels like I am on campus. I made friends my first semester that I still communicate with today. We are in this together.”

What do you think of the coursework? 

“I think it is challenging, but it is giving me everything I need to be successful. The coursework is diverse and there are so many course options. I feel like from having a diverse curriculum has opened the door for more career opportunities. I have learned so many skills which will allow me to pursue varying job opportunities once I graduate.” 

How do you feel you have changed, personally or professionally since the beginning of the program? 

“I have gained a lot of confidence and have learned to be patient with myself.  There would be times I would face a challenging problem in class that I thought I could never solve, but when I finally did, I was so proud of myself.

What advice would you give someone looking into A&M’s School of Public Health? 

“I would say do it. I was nervous at first that I would not be able to manage it since I have a full-time job. The classes are manageable, and you do receive such great support from the professors and students in the program.” 

What are your plans for the future? 

“I am currently looking for internships at pharmaceutical companies doing biostatistics. I would like to have a biostatistics or data analysis job after graduation.” 

What has been your favorite thing about the program? 

“The community. It has been good to have a group of people that I have met in the Dallas area that are doing the program virtually as well. Meeting people who go to Texas A&M and sharing that commonality is really cool.”

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