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University of Massachusetts student holding a pint of strawberries. Text: Meet the Major BDIC Health Access and Equity

Veronica Lee is studying Health Access and Equity through the Bachelor's Degree with Individual Concentration, or BDIC, program. She is also pursuing a minor in sociology, and chose to attend UMass for it's size and wide range of opportunities. 

“I live in Massachusetts, so looking at state schools was important to me. I was also looking for a large university with a big student population. UMass Amherst fit the mold for the school I was looking for, but it wasn't until I came here that I realized it was my 'dream school.' The community at UMass is so welcoming, energetic, and accepting, and I found small communities very quickly and made this place my home.” 

Veronica started off in the communication disorders department, but liked that BDIC gave her freedom to combine classes from multiple departments. Through the program, she has taken classes in the public health, women, gender, and sexuality studies, and sociology departments. 

“Because I am in the BDIC department, I get to choose classes that I am truly passionate about and excited to take. I have had the opportunity to take classes in beautiful classrooms on campus like South College, the Integrative Learning Center, and the Integrated Sciences Building.”

Veronica loves that her professors are invested in their students' success: “They are always available to support students in their academic journeys. It is incredibly easy to get hold of professors via email, and all professors are willing to make one-on-one meetings with you for additional support.” 

Outside of class, Veronica stays busying hiking with friends and visiting the restaurants of downtown Amherst. She also likes to explore Northampton, and loves how much there is to do in western Massachusetts!

Veronica hopes to eventually pursue a master’s degree in public health; however, she is preparing to enter the workforce after her upcoming graduation.

When asked about her future goals, Veronica emphasized wanting to work in a healthcare non-profit. “I am currently applying to women's health non-profit organizations. I would love to work in the sectors of reproductive health, pre/postnatal care, or maternal/child health. My dream organization to work for is Planned Parenthood!” 

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