Briemma Wilson has always been interested in helping people. Ever since she was a kid growing up in Blythewood, South Carolina, she tried to put herself in others’ shoes. Her strong sense of empathy naturally made her curious about the health care field.
“This curiosity was additionally sparked by witnessing a family member who was always in the hospital for chronic diseases,” Wilson says. “As I got older, public health became the obvious choice for me when I learned that these chronic conditions that continue to plague families like mine are a public health area of focus.”
At South Carolina, Wilson interned in the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office and served as a resident mentor, providing guidance to other students and helping to prepare them and the building when there were warnings for public health risks such as floods. Within the Arnold School, she found a mentor in her advisor, clinical assistant professor Kara Montgomery. Read more here.