April 1, 2021 at 10:18 am

MAPS Benefits Students Seeking Careers in Health, Medical Fields

Noël Gordon, portrait

Noël Gordon (Photo by Rich-Joseph Facun, University Communications and Marketing)

From Ohio University News

Through an experience with Ohio University’s chapter of the national Minority Association of Pre-Health Students (MAPS), Noël Gordon found her passion for working with kids and insight into her career path.

Gordon collaborated with The Center for Family Safety and Healing, an organization inside Nationwide Children’s Hospital, to plan an event intended to teach pre-health students how to recognize Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) factors in children. Knowing these factors can allow medical professionals to identify potential abuse or neglect in a kids.

“I guess I always knew that I wanted to work with kids. I just needed to find the right opportunity to be able to actually learn that,” Gordon said.

The event reassured Gordon that she had chosen the right career path at Ohio University. She began college as a computer science major but discovered she wasn’t passionate about the subject. Gordon decided to explore the health field instead. Her membership in MAPS, a community of fellow minority students seeking health careers, allowed her to realize that she did not want to be a doctor. Now a psychology student, Gordon intends to pursue a career as a family psychologist.

“Being a part of MAPS gave me the clarity to figure out what I wanted to do. After I figured out what I wanted to do, it was a support system to help me get there,” Gordon said….

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