MHA Students Are Not All Business
Monique Frazier, Luis Garcia, and Holly Ready are all about business—well almost. Over the last two years, the three health administration students have also become writers. When they started the MHA program in Fall 2007, these students were reluctant to write, yet their classes required them to compose numerous papers. As many students do, they started going to MUSC’s Writing Center only to improve their grades. However, their experiences at the Center have convinced them that good writing is not only a necessary skill but also good business all around. As they prepare to be graduated in May 2008, these students reflect on their experiences working with the faculty at the Center.
Monique Frazier’s long term goal is to work in the area of global health care reform. With that in mind, she will begin a position as an administrative fellow at Syracuse VA Medical Center after graduation. When she began her graduate work, Frazier wanted to “evolve as a writer” and become a “more focused editor of her work.” During her work with Writing Center faculty, Frazier believes she received both academic and personal support. “Having the comfort of knowing these individuals truly took an interest in my personal and academic welfare played a major role in encouraging me to return,” Frazier says. She not only values these personal relationships but also values writing skills as a way to break “communication barriers.” As a strong communicator all around, Frazier is sure to inspire others to be their best as she grows into her new leadership position.
Luis Garcia, who begins a year of residency at Spartanburg Regional Hospital shortly after graduation, strives to be a strong leader who is respected by coworkers. Recognizing early on that writing skills would help him build strong communication in the workplace, he went to the Writing Center for help with writing, which he says, “has always been a weakness of mine.” Garcia notes that he has appreciated being able to go over his papers and get advice from friendly staff who are there to help and “not to tell me how badly I wrote my paper.” He adds, “If services are free, why not!” and admits, “If they weren’t free, I would be willing to pay anyway.” Garcia’s positive attitude and interpersonal skills are apparent, and he is certain to become an asset to Spartanburg Regional.
Holly Ready claims the Writing Center was “instrumental in helping me prepare my fellowship applications. I felt confident about the quality of work that I was sending out to hospitals, which was important to me.” Ready’s hard work during the application process paid off; in the fall of 2008, she will begin her position as an administrative resident at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Her long-term goal is to work in an academic medical center, where she can “make a difference for the patients and clinicians of the hospital as well as the community.” And what if writing is involved in her duties? Ready says that after her experiences with the Writing Center she will always have someone look over her work before she submits or circulates it, yet she is confident about her writing now: “Overall, my writing is better than before.” Ready’s self-awareness and persistence will serve her well throughout her career.
Faculty members at the Writing Center wish these students, and all the students they serve from the six colleges, the best of luck in the future.