Say hi to Maya Arrington, the Co-Founder of MFA’s first Student Chapter at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA. Maya graduates this month with a major in Psychology and a Leadership minor.
We caught up with Maya recently and here’s what she had to say…
What do you enjoy the most about your studies? I enjoy learning how psychology can be used to understand and address health, medical, and safety-related problems. By reading, listening, and applying course and lab materials, I increase my knowledge, experiences, and analytic powers concerning health and medicine.
What do you plan to do after graduation?
After graduation, I plan to obtain my Master’s in Public Health concentrating on Health Policy and Management. I have always found myself involved in curriculum and extracurricular activities that encompass advocacy as well as health and wellness. I knew I wanted to find a profession that would combine my passions. Hence, I found myself drawn to public health, a field that allows me to advocate on behalf of all people, regardless of their background, for quality healthcare that reduces health disparities and inequalities.
Why did you become a student member of the Medical Fitness Association?
When Karen shared her vision for establishing the first Medical Fitness Association Student Chapter with me during our freshman year, I was immediately interested in assisting her because I am passionate about promoting overall wellness and health while providing information on the variety of benefits of exercise/fitness. (For more about Karen Salazar, see her Member Spotlight!)
What other activities are you involved in at school? I’m President of the Latino Student Association. A member of the NAACP and the Black Student Union.
Thank you, Maya, for starting and fostering the first MFA Student Chapter!! We wish you all the best in your career in Public Health!