Brandyn is studying a Bachelor of Science at the University of Florida, majoring in Health Education & Behavior, with a minor in Education studies. She participated in a public health internship at a local NGO that provides care to impoverished mothers and mothers-to-be.
“I chose to travel to Cape Town, South Africa to intern because I knew that the cultural immersion I’d have the opportunity to experience here wouldn’t be the same anywhere else in the world! I loved every single day at my internship site to the point where I worked extra. I enjoyed the tasks I was given, and the situations I was allowed to be a part of. I also enjoyed every nurse, doctor, counselor, pharmacist, and patient I was blessed enough to interact with on a daily basis. Being surrounded by such strong, intelligent, powerful women who look just like me was awe-inspiring and something I will carry with me for the rest of my life. I learned that I am capable of so much more than I thought possible. I grew in stride every single day, from something different. I was able to assist in delivery, teach antenatal courses, conduct HIV testing and counseling, and do prenatal counseling. I enjoyed every single day. This experience taught me to smile more, laugh always, and love easily and freely. I would advise anyone participating in this program to come for at least 8 weeks. Please come with an open mind + heart, but also a strong and dedicated work ethic. Be passionate about your internship as it can blossom into more than you could possibly imagine.”