#2022Trojan: Meet Abegail Javidzad, a BSc in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Graduate

Abegail Javidzad earned her Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion from USC.

Why did you choose to continue your studies?

I chose this program of study because it emphasizes certain aspects of health that are often overlooked, such as lifestyle factors, behavior change, culture and socio-economic factors. economic. The major contextualized the complex science content I was learning in my other courses into an applicable health framework that I know will serve me well in the future.

What was your greatest achievement during your studies?

Pictured: Abegail Javidzad. Photo by: Maya Neuenschwander

My greatest achievement during my studies was my role as an ambassador for Gift of Life on campus. In this role, I partner with various groups on campus to organize cheek picking campaigns and increase the transplant match rate for minorities. This opportunity has allowed me to build relationships with mission-driven organizations to help achieve our two goals. A notable experience of this is an event where I partnered with the Rishi Project on campus and sampled over 50 students for the registry. A few months into the pandemic, I received news from Gift of Life that a donor at the drive we held was matched with a 3-year-old boy. At such a dark time in the world, this news brought a glimmer of light, and I was delighted to share it with the members of Project Rishi.

What is the important lesson you learned?

One important thing I have learned is to consider the cultural and socio-economic background of the patient when treating them to ensure that the patient is able to comply with any follow-up treatment.

What is one of your best memories of your program?

One of my favorite memories of my time in the program was being able to network with alumni at alumni panels and witnessing the various career paths possible with the education I have. have received.

What will you miss the most and why?

What I will miss most is the sincere care and attention of USC faculty, staff, and advisors. I really wouldn’t have been able to accomplish all I have in my four years without their support and I feel so lucky to have attended a university that cares so deeply about the success of its students .

What do you do after you graduate?

After I graduate, I plan to apply to Physician Assistant School and take a year off working in a medical office.

What do you expect from your career?

I look forward to treating patients and becoming a compassionate provider by applying the principles I learned in the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Program.

What advice do you have for future graduates?

I would tell future graduates to take every opportunity that comes your way, try new things and enjoy every moment.

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