Eunsun Hong

Fairfield University

Sunny Hong is a junior at Fairfield University majoring in a self-designed Global Public Health Studies degree, with minors in International Studies and Biochemistry. Last summer, Sunny participated in Fairfield's Global Scholars Program, working in The Gambia with a non-profit organization focusing on girls' education called Starfish International. Sunny returned from the Global Scholars Program on fire, aware of her strengths, and ready to make a difference in the world. She is in the process of founding a Global Health Club on campus that will organize our students and university resources to make an impact in our region, incorporating outreach to local public health-related and educational facilities. She plans to support health education at local elementary schools, organize an international service trip, and facilitate on-campus conversations on current global health issues.

Mark Nemec
Fairfield University

Personal Statement

As a major in Global Public Health and minors in International Studies and Biochemistry, I have always wanted to combine all of what I have learned and give back to the Fairfield University community that has given me so many opportunities to really explore my field of interest. I have always had a passion in advocating health issues while also having a deep appreciation for cultures all around. Within the broad field of global health, I am specifically interested in child and maternal health, how healthcare workers utilize and understand the cultures of a community to provide better care and ultimately how to develop and improve healthcare systems in developing countries. Last summer, I was very fortunate to have an internship in The Gambia through the school's Global Scholars Program. While I was there, I taught courses in health and nutrition for middle and high school girls at an organization known as Starfish International. After I got back on campus I wanted to continue to build on this experience by co-creating the Global Health club. As we live in a globalized world where we are all interconnected, I envision this club to aid the campus in taking its step in playing a more prominent role in the global health community by hosting discussions, volunteering with domestic and international organizations as well as providing health education to local elementary school students.

Eunsun Hong
Global Public Health Studies: Class of May 2019
written 2018

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