It is the fall season in Minnesota! That means beautiful colors and a very pleasant weather after a hot summer. My name is Dorothy Gondwe (my friends call me Dotty:-D). I am a second year graduate student in the Epidemiology program at the School of Public Health. I am from a city on the coast of the Indian Ocean called Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania. This is my sixth year in Minnesota and I love it here!
I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Macalester College in Saint Paul. The city of Saint Paul is separated from the city of Minneapolis, where I am currently studying, by the Mississippi river. While at Macalester College, I also studied Psychology and hold a minor in this area. After completing my undergraduate studies, I took a year off and worked as a Research Associate at the Minnesota Department of Health in Saint Paul. While working at the Department of Health I realized I wanted to know more about how to prevent diseases and promote health in communities. A graduate program in public health was a natural choice.
In my graduate studies at the University of Minnesota, my particular interest is in prevention of infectious diseases and changing health behaviors in resource poor settings. I am especially interested in prevention of HIV/AIDS in Tanzania where the disease continue to claim the majority of the labor force thus paralyzing the economy and denying the new generation of a better future. I also work part-time as a Graduate Research Assistant in the IPUMS-I project at the Minnesota Population Center located at the West Bank Twin cities campus. My plans after graduation are to work in the public health area and to join the PhD program thereafter.
When I am not in class I like to run, play tennis, cook, read books, and chat with my family and friends. Occasionally, I catch up on my favorite TV shows I have missed while attending class or working. I like to do that on weekends! I also like other sports like soccer, volleyball, and basketball. I am especially looking forward to watching the commonwealth games in Delhi this year!
Please feel free to ask me any questions you may have about the epidemiology program at the School of Public Health, graduate studies at the University of Minnesota, or anything related to living and studying in Minnesota!
I will be more than happy to answer your questions!
Thank you so much for reading my blog:-)