Stephanie Meier hails from Greenville, SC and currently resides on Folly Beach. She received her B.S. in Biology with a minor in Spanish from the College of Charleston. She has worked on the Women’s Health Research Team at CofC for two years, and is not the Graduate Assistant for the team. Recently, she presented a research paper at the American Public Health Association Conference (APHA) in Chicago.
Why did you choose the Master of Arts in Communication program at College of Charleston?
I chose this program because I love Charleston and I knew I would have fantastic opportunities here working with the amazing faculty doing research. I was also excited to learn theory and communication practice so I could conduct focus groups in the future.
Describe a project or experience relevant to your MCOM program of study that you are currently working on or have already accomplished (graduate assistantship, research project, internship, etc.)?
I am involved in several research projects with Dr. Sundstrom and the Women’s Health Research Team. I am currently taking the lead on several of the papers from our research, which I am so excited about.
What are your plans following graduate school (professional career, doctoral program, personal aspirations, etc.)? Why?
Following graduate school, I hope to pursue a PhD in health communication. I love the idea of reaching people through health campaigns so that they have access to health information. I am particularly interested in health disparity and social justice in health at the moment.
What is one piece of advice that you would give incoming graduate students?
I would advise incoming graduate students to know the type of atmosphere they want their graduate school to be, more rigid, more flexible etc. Also, I would tell them to meet with faculty and the director of the program so they can start forming those relationships. It makes everything so much easier.
What is a fun fact about you that most people do not know?
I used to sing classically and I taught my dog Jack how to sing along with me. He would change his howling to match the notes I sang. Every time I practiced, he would come find me and practice with me.