Awura Ama Afari
"SHPEP gave me access to a great network, open mind about the healthcare industry and finding myself."
Ms. Awura Ama Afari is MBA graduate from Mercy College. After attending SHPEP in 2017, she completed a bachelor's degree in health services administration and a master's degree in business administration with a concentration in healthcare management. Ms. Afari currently works as a project manager at MedRite Urgent Care in New York, NY.
Awura Ama Afari
What path did you take when you first started college?
The path I took when I started college was a natural science degree with a career path of physician assistant.
What led to your interest in a health profession?
My interest was sparked by my parents who were all in the health field and made a great impact.
Who are what inspired you?
My inspiration is my mentor who is also in the same field, healthcare management.
What obstacles did you overcome in your educational or career journey?
My obstacles were struggling to find which path was great for me in the healthcare industry.
What are some of your recent milestones?
Some of my recent milestones are graduating with my MBA and obtaining a career in operations.
How did SHPEP influence you?
SHPEP gave me access to a great network, open mind about the healthcare industry and finding myself.
What has been your favorite part of the process? The most difficult?
My favorite part is being able to work with fellow classmates and professors.
Did you have experiences or mentors that prepared you for a career as health professional?
Yes, I had a mentor who helped me in all steps of the way.
What is the best career advice you have received?
Work where you feel appreciated and make sure you make a difference.
What advice do you have for students pursuing a health professional career.
Find your passion, pursue it, make a difference and be happy.