“I will become a Champion.”
“My academic advisor changed my life for the better by pushing me harder than anyone. I know I made a lifelong connection.”
As an SGA Senator, Honors Program student, member of the Most Noble Order of the Peacock, and Gold and Blue Key award winner, first-generation college student Melanie Mussman has made a name or herself on campus. “Some of my favorite memories are my parents coming to campus for award ceremonies. It’s always exciting to share these moments with them.”
After taking a course in Bioethics, Melanie was inspired to apply her passion for helping others into a career and interned for Alliance Healthcare. There, she conducted research on patient satisfaction and even had the chance to translate materials into Arabic. Now, on the path to being a medical social worker in hospice and palliative care, Melanie is writing her honors thesis on the sociological and philosophical end of life decision policies in the Netherlands and United States. “I have made it my mission to change the status quo when it comes to healthcare. It’s been interesting to see what we do as a country in terms of end of life care.”
After graduation, Melanie will attend graduate school to pursue her master of social work. Her ultimate dream is to reform healthcare in the United States to better support those making end of life decisions.