Jameca Soler graduated from Boise State with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health and is now embarking on a Master of Healthcare Administration degree with the University of California Los Angeles. Read on to see how Soler’s experience with the School of Public and Population Health prepared her for this next step.
What originally brought you to Boise State and SPPH?
I was a non-traditional student, a wife and a mother of four who decided to change career paths and pursue my passion in healthcare. My husband encouraged me to research program opportunities at Boise State University, and I am glad I did.
The Public Health program at Boise State was the perfect fit for me. It spoke to my passion for healthcare and offered the flexibility I needed as a wife and mother.
What did you enjoy most about your undergraduate studies?
The Boise State program curriculum and projects were truly outstanding. The curriculum was up-to-date, thorough, and critical, covering relevant topics related to my study area. The coursework was challenging; however, my professors’ skills and experience made it manageable. Their dedication and passion for teaching were evident and positively impacted my learning experience.
Additionally, the Boise State community was welcoming and supportive, providing all the necessary resources and activities to enable students to thrive. The campus was filled with diverse and vibrant students, creating a unique and enriching learning environment. The extracurricular activities and resources, such as the library, campus events, and career services, were top-notch and easily accessible.
Overall, my experience with Boise State was genuinely exceptional. I highly recommend this program to anyone who wants to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of their field of study while being part of a supportive and inclusive community.
What about your undergraduate experience helped prepare you for UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health?
My undergraduate education played a crucial role in shaping my academic journey and prepared me well for the challenges of my graduate program. Through rigorous coursework and demanding assignments, I developed the necessary work ethic and time management skills to excel in my field of study. In addition, it provided me with a clear understanding of what to expect from higher educational institutions when applying for graduate school, helping me set realistic expectations and goals.
What are you enjoying most about your graduate studies?
Developing solid relationships with my peers and professors in my cohort is highly rewarding, as such interactions are key to a successful academic journey. I am enrolled in two courses: Healthcare Systems Management and Organizational Behavior and Microeconomics Theory for the Healthcare Sector. These courses are designed to help me establish foundational skills and knowledge in Healthcare Administration, which will be valuable for my future career.
What advice do you have for undergraduate students looking to attend graduate schooling after graduating?
If you’re planning to pursue a career in Public Health, gaining relevant work experience and researching the different programs available in your field of interest would be beneficial. Connecting with professionals on LinkedIn can also provide valuable insights and advice. Also, creating a list of professors who can provide strong recommendation letters can aid in your graduate school application process.
What are you hoping to embark on after graduating from UCLA?
I am highly motivated to work with vulnerable populations, including older adults, children and veterans. My career goal is to become a Healthcare Manager in a community healthcare facility or nursing home.
I believe every person deserves access to high-quality healthcare services, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status. As a Healthcare Manager, I would strive to create a welcoming and inclusive environment that fosters trust and respect between patients, staff, and caregivers.