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Harry Russell and Lakin Davis

Master of Public Health (MPH) in Social and Behavioral Sciences
School of Public Health
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But if you’re part of the </span><a href=\"http://wvu.edu/\"><span>West Virginia University</span></a> <a href=\"http://publichealth.wvu.edu/\"><span>School of Public Health</span></a><span>, you might be more familiar with Harry and Lakin. It’s been less than two years since the pair met during their first semester in the </span><a href=\"http://publichealth.wvu.edu/students/graduate-programs/master-of-public-health/social-and-behavioral-sciences/\">Master of Public Health in Social and Behavioral Sciences</a> program. In that short time, they’ve not only found their place in a program they didn’t initially plan on joining, but they’ve also become leaders. As president and vice president of the <a href=\"http://publichealth.wvu.edu/saph/\">Student Association of Public Health</a>, they’ve been able to build relationships and keep fellow students connected while spending most of their graduate school experience online. Now that the pair is getting ready walk across the stage at Commencement, we look back at their journey to public health and how they became the dynamic duo</p>\n<h2>Heading in Opposite Directions</h2>\n<p>Let’s start before the beginning. Prior to setting out on their academic journeys in public health, it seemed like this duo would never cross paths. Harry comes from a family of dentists and thought he would be headed in that direction after earning his undergraduate degree from Radford University. Lakin completed her undergraduate degree in criminology and passed the LSAT, heading in the direction of law school.</p>\n<p>But after some discussion, a little googling and campus visits for different programs (dentistry and law), their internal GPSes rerouted them to the School of Public Health.</p>"},{"Key":"c98e403d-f87b-43fd-a2a0-5266c71c72b5","Id":0,"Name":"Audio clip: What made you interested in studying public health?","IsDraft":false,"ItemType":0,"DocumentTypeAlias":"audioClipItem","DocumentTypeId":7299,"TemplateId":0,"SortOrder":1,"UrlName":null,"WriterName":null,"CreatorName":null,"WriterId":0,"CreatorId":0,"Path":null,"CreateDate":"0001-01-01T00:00:00","UpdateDate":"0001-01-01T00:00:00","Version":"00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000","Level":0,"Url":"#","heading":"What made you interested in studying public health?","audioClip":{"ItemType":1,"ParentId":7506,"Id":7507,"Key":"d4bc0f9c-2cc0-4d0a-a9b7-f105b4b8b389","TemplateId":0,"SortOrder":0,"Name":"What made you interested in studying public health?","UrlName":"what-made-you-interested-in-studying-public-health","DocumentTypeAlias":"audioClip","DocumentTypeId":7292,"WriterName":"jwilmot1","CreatorName":"","WriterId":56,"CreatorId":56,"Path":"-1,7353,7506,7507","CreateDate":"2021-05-11T08:52:12","UpdateDate":"2021-05-14T08:33:30","Version":"00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000","Level":3,"IsDraft":false,"Url":"/media/6425/why-ph.mp3","umbracoBytes":"3091619","transcript":[{"Key":"35550e37-963b-4896-963e-4d95fd373f2b","Id":0,"Name":"Harry Russell","IsDraft":false,"ItemType":0,"DocumentTypeAlias":"transcript","DocumentTypeId":7293,"TemplateId":0,"SortOrder":0,"UrlName":null,"WriterName":null,"CreatorName":null,"WriterId":0,"CreatorId":0,"Path":null,"CreateDate":"0001-01-01T00:00:00","UpdateDate":"0001-01-01T00:00:00","Version":"00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000","Level":0,"Url":"#","speaker":"Harry Russell","dialogue":"<p>I'm interested in becoming a dentist and I want to work in rural health. Dentistry has always been something in my family. My dad's a dentist. I have three cousins who are dentists and all of them are really active in outreach. And so I kind of got introduced to it that way. And my dad actually ended up getting his MPH right before his dental degree. And we were kind of talking about what I should do after undergrad, because honestly, I didn't really know what direction I wanted to go in. So I was told him I was interested in, you know, working in rural public health dentistry. And then, we kind of just came up with the idea of, you know, getting my MPH before I went off and did dental school. So that's kind of the direction I went in with it.</p>"},{"Key":"5ddd5ef4-6f75-4785-9f66-d33cb0921280","Id":0,"Name":"Lakin Davis","IsDraft":false,"ItemType":0,"DocumentTypeAlias":"transcript","DocumentTypeId":7293,"TemplateId":0,"SortOrder":1,"UrlName":null,"WriterName":null,"CreatorName":null,"WriterId":0,"CreatorId":0,"Path":null,"CreateDate":"0001-01-01T00:00:00","UpdateDate":"0001-01-01T00:00:00","Version":"00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000","Level":0,"Url":"#","speaker":"Lakin Davis","dialogue":"<p>And I am a totally different direction. So a year before graduating my undergrad, I had no idea what I wanted my next steps to be. I know I wanted to do something that helped people and I wanted to see an impact on the lives that I was working with. So I decided I was going to law school and I got all the way up until WVU law day, which is right before you start applying and you get to take like mock classes and tour the building and everything. And I was super excited to go. But as soon as I walked in, I was like, this just doesn't feel right. This isn't, this isn't the kind of work that I want to be doing. I want to make a really big impact. And while, you know, like defending someone in court is a very important job. It just wasn't for me. And I kind of knew that as soon as I walked through those doors, so that night I was panicking, I was doing a bunch of research. And the school of public health popped up on my like search history. And so I started scrolling through it and I fell onto the social and behavioral emphasis and I completely fell in love. I was like, this is exactly to a T what I want to do. And I was super excited about it. I chose social behavioral because that is the emphasis that is the boots on the ground. You're actually going to be in the field, implementing and talking with community ambassadors and things of that nature. And that's what I wanted to do. I wanted to be the person they could go to for help, the person that they could lean on for help.</p>"}],"umbracoFile":"/media/6425/why-ph.mp3","umbracoExtension":"mp3","__NodeId":"7507","__IndexType":"media","__Path":"-1,7353,7506,7507","__NodeTypeAlias":"audioclip","__Key":"d4bc0f9c-2cc0-4d0a-a9b7-f105b4b8b389","__Icon":"icon-sound-waves color-black","__nodeName":"what made you interested in studying public health?"},"pullQuote":""},{"Key":"4088e857-9a6b-4266-a797-9eadd87a7e15","Id":0,"Name":"Audio clip: Why did you choose WVU?","IsDraft":false,"ItemType":0,"DocumentTypeAlias":"audioClipItem","DocumentTypeId":7299,"TemplateId":0,"SortOrder":2,"UrlName":null,"WriterName":null,"CreatorName":null,"WriterId":0,"CreatorId":0,"Path":null,"CreateDate":"0001-01-01T00:00:00","UpdateDate":"0001-01-01T00:00:00","Version":"00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000","Level":0,"Url":"#","heading":"Why did you choose WVU?","audioClip":{"ItemType":1,"ParentId":7506,"Id":7508,"Key":"e585f1b4-8cce-4b10-bc42-7ac01297b85b","TemplateId":0,"SortOrder":1,"Name":"Why did you choose WVU?","UrlName":"why-did-you-choose-wvu","DocumentTypeAlias":"audioClip","DocumentTypeId":7292,"WriterName":"jwilmot1","CreatorName":"","WriterId":56,"CreatorId":56,"Path":"-1,7353,7506,7508","CreateDate":"2021-05-11T08:55:23","UpdateDate":"2021-05-14T08:34:03","Version":"00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000","Level":3,"IsDraft":false,"Url":"/media/6426/why-wvu.mp3","umbracoBytes":"1480259","transcript":[{"Key":"6311da5e-cc0f-4524-ac7c-7a9255cf21de","Id":0,"Name":"Lakin Davis","IsDraft":false,"ItemType":0,"DocumentTypeAlias":"transcript","DocumentTypeId":7293,"TemplateId":0,"SortOrder":0,"UrlName":null,"WriterName":null,"CreatorName":null,"WriterId":0,"CreatorId":0,"Path":null,"CreateDate":"0001-01-01T00:00:00","UpdateDate":"0001-01-01T00:00:00","Version":"00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000","Level":0,"Url":"#","speaker":"Lakin Davis","dialogue":"<p>From a very early point in my academic career, I knew I was going to end up one day doing something that helped people. And when I was growing up, my parents had us involved in a lot of volunteer things. One specifically called Stepping Stones, which is local here. So I always knew that I wanted to give back to the community that's basically literally has given me my entire life. I've done so many things here and I've seen firsthand some of the issues that are going on in the area. And I just feel like since I have this background that I could do something to really make a difference. So WVU was the only choice for me really. I only wanted to go here.</p>"},{"Key":"9bac5d65-b0a8-4a57-a87f-c2bdeffd67fe","Id":0,"Name":"Harry Russell","IsDraft":false,"ItemType":0,"DocumentTypeAlias":"transcript","DocumentTypeId":7293,"TemplateId":0,"SortOrder":1,"UrlName":null,"WriterName":null,"CreatorName":null,"WriterId":0,"CreatorId":0,"Path":null,"CreateDate":"0001-01-01T00:00:00","UpdateDate":"0001-01-01T00:00:00","Version":"00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000","Level":0,"Url":"#","speaker":"Harry Russell","dialogue":"<p>For me, coming out of undergrad I knew I kind of wanted to venture out, but I also wanted to stay in kind of that rural cause that's where I want to have my emphasis in is rural areas. 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They started the master’s program in fall of 2019, so after just one full semester of classes and a couple of additional months of on-campus classes, they shifted to online classes as the world started to respond to COVID-19. Looking back, Lakin says starting that group chat was one of their best decisions.</p>"},{"Key":"d8d108ba-6e72-4be2-9ba5-563b05af9011","Id":0,"Name":"Audio clip: How have you been able to build relationships with your fellow classmates?","IsDraft":false,"ItemType":0,"DocumentTypeAlias":"audioClipItem","DocumentTypeId":7299,"TemplateId":0,"SortOrder":4,"UrlName":null,"WriterName":null,"CreatorName":null,"WriterId":0,"CreatorId":0,"Path":null,"CreateDate":"0001-01-01T00:00:00","UpdateDate":"0001-01-01T00:00:00","Version":"00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000","Level":0,"Url":"#","heading":"How have you been able to build relationships with your fellow classmates?","audioClip":{"ItemType":1,"ParentId":7506,"Id":7509,"Key":"5a70d35e-a1ef-4ead-b788-cbcb10e99d3e","TemplateId":0,"SortOrder":2,"Name":"How have you been able to build relationships with your fellow classmates?","UrlName":"how-have-you-been-able-to-build-relationships-with-your-fellow-classmates","DocumentTypeAlias":"audioClip","DocumentTypeId":7292,"WriterName":"jwilmot1","CreatorName":"","WriterId":56,"CreatorId":56,"Path":"-1,7353,7506,7509","CreateDate":"2021-05-11T09:12:39","UpdateDate":"2021-05-14T08:34:52","Version":"00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000","Level":3,"IsDraft":false,"Url":"/media/6427/classmates.mp3","umbracoBytes":"4366019","transcript":[{"Key":"f10d06b8-1919-4a26-8687-2346d14ee28b","Id":0,"Name":"Lakin Davis","IsDraft":false,"ItemType":0,"DocumentTypeAlias":"transcript","DocumentTypeId":7293,"TemplateId":0,"SortOrder":0,"UrlName":null,"WriterName":null,"CreatorName":null,"WriterId":0,"CreatorId":0,"Path":null,"CreateDate":"0001-01-01T00:00:00","UpdateDate":"0001-01-01T00:00:00","Version":"00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000","Level":0,"Url":"#","speaker":"Lakin Davis","dialogue":"<p>I think the best thing that we did pre COVID was our first week of school. We started a massive group message with not just SBHS, but our whole MPH cohort that had just started. So getting in contact with your fellow classmates, as soon as possible, and starting that connection was super helpful for us, especially since we didn't know COVID was coming. So when it hit, it was kind of sudden and had we not had those connections already started, I don't know if things would be different or not. I really enjoy how small our SBHS cohort is just because, I mean, Harry and I are very close, but we're also very close with the rest of our members. I feel like all of our personalities align very well. We get each other's sarcasm. We get each other's humor and everything. We can feel very comfortable with each other. And confident we can get criticism without feeling like attacked or anything of that nature. Also the MPH program does a really great job at fostering an outside environment for you to get to know your classmates. There was a lot of opportunities for us to go to picnics together, and there was a Halloween event. And even in between classes, we would go and have lunch together the whole time. And just talk about where we're from and our aspirations, our interests.</p>"},{"Key":"be53ea0d-cb51-41ed-8437-ea47587babc4","Id":0,"Name":"Harry Russell","IsDraft":false,"ItemType":0,"DocumentTypeAlias":"transcript","DocumentTypeId":7293,"TemplateId":0,"SortOrder":1,"UrlName":null,"WriterName":null,"CreatorName":null,"WriterId":0,"CreatorId":0,"Path":null,"CreateDate":"0001-01-01T00:00:00","UpdateDate":"0001-01-01T00:00:00","Version":"00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000","Level":0,"Url":"#","speaker":"Harry Russell","dialogue":"<p>Definitely agree. And it's kind of one of those situations where you think you're going to get through this program by yourself without talking to anybody. No. So much of our work is centered around group work, and it's just really important to make those like Lakin said, we made that group message and we still talk in it. Even if it's not about , it's not about schoolwork or anything, we're just talking and just chatting and checking up on each other. And, you know, help each other out any way we can. So it's definitely important to make those connections with your classmates. And that Halloween social was really fun, Lakin<span>  </span>had to miss. I remember, uh, it was an SBHS social and me and my cohort all dressed up as M&amp;Ms. That was fun to just go to, and that was, you know, early on in our first year. So we were able to get to know teachers and we had Dr. Clayton at that time, she was one of the few teachers we knew there. And so she introduced us to other professors there. And so definitely just making those connections and kind of like stepping out of your comfort zone.</p>"},{"Key":"cc46b71f-e39e-4cef-953e-79f5725f559b","Id":0,"Name":"Lakin","IsDraft":false,"ItemType":0,"DocumentTypeAlias":"transcript","DocumentTypeId":7293,"TemplateId":0,"SortOrder":2,"UrlName":null,"WriterName":null,"CreatorName":null,"WriterId":0,"CreatorId":0,"Path":null,"CreateDate":"0001-01-01T00:00:00","UpdateDate":"0001-01-01T00:00:00","Version":"00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000","Level":0,"Url":"#","speaker":"Lakin","dialogue":"<p>And get creative, especially with COVID. Uh, we've had to get creative on like ways that we can contact each other and even through SAPH, uh, we did a night where we made pepperoni rolls together through zoom and Harry and I did it at my house and we got all the wrong ingredients and it was terrible. It was a hot mess, everyone laughed at us. It was a great time. We did trivia together. Yeah. We made it work. We made it fun. Like you just got to get creative and like don't be shy to join. This program does a really good job of picking out the best applicants, not just academic wise, but personality wise, because you gotta be able to like talk to people. You gotta be able to figure out a way to connect with someone. And that's really big in a lot of our classes is figuring out how you can connect with basically anybody of any walk of life.</p>"}],"umbracoFile":"/media/6427/classmates.mp3","umbracoExtension":"mp3","__NodeId":"7509","__IndexType":"media","__Path":"-1,7353,7506,7509","__NodeTypeAlias":"audioclip","__Key":"5a70d35e-a1ef-4ead-b788-cbcb10e99d3e","__Icon":"icon-sound-waves color-black","__nodeName":"how have you been able to build relationships with your fellow classmates?"},"pullQuote":""},{"Key":"ebc86337-d1c4-4a3c-b059-737fed8afcb9","Id":0,"Name":"Audio clip: How have the faculty made an impact on your experience?","IsDraft":false,"ItemType":0,"DocumentTypeAlias":"audioClipItem","DocumentTypeId":7299,"TemplateId":0,"SortOrder":5,"UrlName":null,"WriterName":null,"CreatorName":null,"WriterId":0,"CreatorId":0,"Path":null,"CreateDate":"0001-01-01T00:00:00","UpdateDate":"0001-01-01T00:00:00","Version":"00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000","Level":0,"Url":"#","heading":"How have the faculty made an impact on your experience?","audioClip":{"ItemType":1,"ParentId":7506,"Id":7510,"Key":"a81d362d-82c5-4272-b91a-4e07158bb311","TemplateId":0,"SortOrder":3,"Name":"How have the faculty made an impact on your experience?","UrlName":"how-have-the-faculty-made-an-impact-on-your-experience","DocumentTypeAlias":"audioClip","DocumentTypeId":7292,"WriterName":"jwilmot1","CreatorName":"","WriterId":56,"CreatorId":56,"Path":"-1,7353,7506,7510","CreateDate":"2021-05-11T09:32:41","UpdateDate":"2021-05-14T08:35:04","Version":"00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000","Level":3,"IsDraft":false,"Url":"/media/6428/faculty.mp3","umbracoBytes":"4541891","transcript":[{"Key":"526d4b7a-b6fb-4ba8-99cc-e01671f47550","Id":0,"Name":"Lakin Davis","IsDraft":false,"ItemType":0,"DocumentTypeAlias":"transcript","DocumentTypeId":7293,"TemplateId":0,"SortOrder":0,"UrlName":null,"WriterName":null,"CreatorName":null,"WriterId":0,"CreatorId":0,"Path":null,"CreateDate":"0001-01-01T00:00:00","UpdateDate":"0001-01-01T00:00:00","Version":"00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000","Level":0,"Url":"#","speaker":"Lakin Davis","dialogue":"<p>I would definitely say Scot McIntosh the past year, especially he's helped me conquer mountains. He's helped me become a leader. He's helped me start my career. He's helped me when I'm freaking out about the future and crying in the parking lot of Kroger. He's been like my shoulder to lean on, but faculty, I would hands down have to say Dr. Elizabeth Claydon. From day one when I met her first semester, she was someone that I looked up to. That's exactly what I wanted to be like. I wanted to be an inspiring role model for the community and bring a light into whatever room she walks into.</p>"},{"Key":"704979f0-9fa5-46e4-b2f0-169ea06b8fc8","Id":0,"Name":"Harry Russell","IsDraft":false,"ItemType":0,"DocumentTypeAlias":"transcript","DocumentTypeId":7293,"TemplateId":0,"SortOrder":1,"UrlName":null,"WriterName":null,"CreatorName":null,"WriterId":0,"CreatorId":0,"Path":null,"CreateDate":"0001-01-01T00:00:00","UpdateDate":"0001-01-01T00:00:00","Version":"00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000","Level":0,"Url":"#","speaker":"Harry Russell","dialogue":"<p>Yeah, similar answer. Faculty, Scot McIntosh's amazing. That dude is awesome. Especially helping out with SAPH so much and Lakin and I being both the president and vice-president. He's always there to help. Can't say enough great things about him. Again, Dr. Elizabeth Claydon, she’s amazing too. Like Lakin said, she's just, she's someone you definitely look up to. I remember, uh, I kind of had this crisis going on like mid quarantine and I was like, what am I going to do with my life? What direction should I go in? I think I ended up emailing her in the middle of the night, like, Hey, I really need to talk. And she was willing to talk. I think it was like a weekend too. And she's an amazing person, but honestly all the faculty and all the professors are amazing. That's a big reason why I've fallen in love with this place is the relationships that you're able to create. I can start naming. I mean, Dr. Alexander's amazing. She's just like my mother always looking out for us. She's perfect in every way. Dr. Abildso's awesome. I just could go on and name them all. It's a great, just a great environment to help grow relationships and,</p>"},{"Key":"88e633af-e0e1-4a1a-98f8-8f2f72dad163","Id":0,"Name":"Lakin","IsDraft":false,"ItemType":0,"DocumentTypeAlias":"transcript","DocumentTypeId":7293,"TemplateId":0,"SortOrder":2,"UrlName":null,"WriterName":null,"CreatorName":null,"WriterId":0,"CreatorId":0,"Path":null,"CreateDate":"0001-01-01T00:00:00","UpdateDate":"0001-01-01T00:00:00","Version":"00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000","Level":0,"Url":"#","speaker":"Lakin","dialogue":"<p>It's really great because of the like level of respect they give you, um, they treat you like an equal, rather than someone studying under them. Like Dr. Abildso yesterday was talking about how excited he is. He's like, I decided that I'm going to see you guys walk at graduation. I'm so happy. I got my vaccines and everything. It means a lot that they care about where we're going and like how we end up.</p>"},{"Key":"34313b25-aff7-4d35-a36c-9596b9d166e2","Id":0,"Name":"Harry","IsDraft":false,"ItemType":0,"DocumentTypeAlias":"transcript","DocumentTypeId":7293,"TemplateId":0,"SortOrder":3,"UrlName":null,"WriterName":null,"CreatorName":null,"WriterId":0,"CreatorId":0,"Path":null,"CreateDate":"0001-01-01T00:00:00","UpdateDate":"0001-01-01T00:00:00","Version":"00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000","Level":0,"Url":"#","speaker":"Harry","dialogue":"<p>Yeah. 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It's definitely a message I want to get out to incoming freshmen. Get involved, just get involved any way you can. The connections you can grow, the relationships that you make - it's so worth it.

You probably recognize Luke and Leia, T'Challa and Shuri, and Ron and Ginny. But if you’re part of the West Virginia University School of Public Health, you might be more familiar with Harry and Lakin. It’s been less than two years since the pair met during their first semester in the Master of Public Health in Social and Behavioral Sciences program. In that short time, they’ve not only found their place in a program they didn’t initially plan on joining, but they’ve also become leaders. As president and vice president of the Student Association of Public Health, they’ve been able to build relationships and keep fellow students connected while spending most of their graduate school experience online. Now that the pair is getting ready walk across the stage at Commencement, we look back at their journey to public health and how they became the dynamic duo

Heading in Opposite Directions

Let’s start before the beginning. Prior to setting out on their academic journeys in public health, it seemed like this duo would never cross paths. Harry comes from a family of dentists and thought he would be headed in that direction after earning his undergraduate degree from Radford University. Lakin completed her undergraduate degree in criminology and passed the LSAT, heading in the direction of law school.

But after some discussion, a little googling and campus visits for different programs (dentistry and law), their internal GPSes rerouted them to the School of Public Health.

Converging Paths

After navigating their way to the Master of Public Health program, Harry and Lakin found themselves in the same classroom … then the same group chat … then the same campus job … then the same leadership team. They started the master’s program in fall of 2019, so after just one full semester of classes and a couple of additional months of on-campus classes, they shifted to online classes as the world started to respond to COVID-19. Looking back, Lakin says starting that group chat was one of their best decisions.

Following the Leader

The road to president and vice president of the Student Association of Public Health (SAPH) was paved with pizza. With the promise of free food, Harry and Lakin attended their first SAPH meeting just a few weeks into their first semester in the School of Public Health. The organization was one more way for them to get to know their fellow students and it would become a shared growth opportunity. Harry was the first one to dive into a leadership role as president and soon called on Lakin to serve by his side.

Arriving at the Final Destination

Although this dynamic duo (yes, people really do say that about them) has arrived at graduation, they won’t be splitting up anytime soon. Lakin has accepted a position in the Office of Health Services Research as a research assistant and Harry is ready for dental school. Their journeys to public health might have started on different paths, but they were able to grow together and develop a lifelong connection.

Taking the Road Less Traveled

 Looking back on their journeys and thinking about advice for those who might be considering a degree in public health, Harry and Lakin both say to follow your dreams. Although they didn’t follow their initial plan – law school and dental school – they’re achieving their goals and say they’ve “come full circle.”

For your convenience, below are each of the audio clips from above with transcripts. Clips are available for download.

Audio Clips

Let’s go.