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ASU grad found her path in global health

Emily Eavenson School of Human Evolution and Social Change

Emily Eavenson.

April 29, 2020

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable spring 2020 graduates.

Emily Eavenson knew she wanted to work in health care but didn’t know where to start. She began her college career taking courses to help her become a doctor, but soon realized this wasn’t quite the right fit. She knew she wanted to help people and make a positive impact in communities.

Eavenson changed her degree to nursing — and while that was closer to her end goal, she still felt she was missing something. After meeting with an adviser, she realized she could marry her two passions by studying global health.

“I am confident my degree in global health has prepared me to be a multifaceted and culturally competent future health care professional,” Eavenson said.

The Holbrook, Arizona, native is graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in global health this spring from Arizona State University’s School of Human Evolution and Social Change.

Eavenson shared more about her time at ASU, and her plans to continue her studies to become a certified midwife and women’s health nurse practitioner.

Editor's note: Answers have been edited for length and clarity.

Question: Which professor taught you the most important lesson while at ASU?

Answer: Associate Professor Katie Hinde has taught me many lessons while at ASU, like the importance of being a justice-seeking and good global citizen, or challenging nations, communities and individuals to increase responsibility in reducing inequities in marginalized and indigenous communities. Most importantly, she taught me how to keep moving forward. She has continued to remind me that I am not alone and that I am capable of great things. I will always be grateful for her mentorship and guidance throughout my college career. 

Q: What was your favorite spot on campus, whether for studying, meeting friends or just thinking about life?

A: The second level of the Hayden Library tower. More specifically, the chairs that faced the west windows overlooking Hayden Lawn. I found this gem during my freshman year and it will forever be the place that made me feel the most calm and focused. 

Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’d give to those still in school? 

A: It took me a while, and many odd classes, to find my true passion for global health and nursing. But once I found what clicked for me, everything else fell into place. I learned more about myself through every trial. I learned that I was resilient. And most importantly I learned that failing was OK. So, to those who are still in school, the best piece of advice that I can give you is to have grace with yourself, forgive yourself for your shortcomings, and always keep moving forward.  

Q: What are your plans after graduation? 

A: After graduation, I am hoping to attend a nursing program to obtain a Bachelor of Science in nursing. Beyond nursing school, I am also hoping to further my education to become a certified midwife (CM) and women’s health nurse practitioner (WHNP). As a CM and WHNP with a global health background, I would like to work with a humanitarian or government organization to provide women’s health care services to marginalized and indigenous communities, both locally and globally. 

Eavenson also received the following scholarships: Holbrook Elks Lodge #2450 — Most Valuable Student Scholarship, Arizona State Troopers Association Scholarship, Holbrook Kiwanis Club Scholarship, Knights of Columbus Scholarship, Jennifer Good Memorial Scholarship, Miss Navajo County and Outstanding Teen Scholarship Program — Miss Navajo County’s Outstanding Teen 2015, ASU Dean’s Award, ASU Solutions Grant, ASU School of Human Evolution and Social Change Study Abroad Scholarship, and the Westminster Village Employee Scholarship.

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