Megan Probst

"In my senior year of college, I participated in a research project called the Fourtitude Study. The Fourtitude Study is a four-year longitudinal study across four universities that focuses on determining how college students build resiliency over their four years in school and what universities can do to better help their students succeed. I worked specifically in mental health, conducting interviews with students to have candid discussions about changes in their mental health while in school."


Hometown:
King, NC

Educational Background:
Psychology and Spanish Double Major, Furman University '17

Host Site:
Philadelphia Department of Public Health - Health Center 6

Why did you join NHC?
I joined National Health Corps because it's an incredible opportunity to give back to the community while being able to work alongside physicians and other healthcare professionals. The National Health Corps will allow me to experience healthcare from a myriad of perspectives and gain the skills and insights necessary to pursue my future career.

What are your plans after AmeriCorps service?
After my service year, I plan to work as a research assistant in a lab before either pursuing a career in the health field as an MD or going back to school to get a PhD.

Tell us about an employment, service, or research experience that was important to you.
In my senior year of college, I participated in a research project called the Fourtitude Study. The Fourtitude Study is a four-year longitudinal study across four universities that focuses on determining how college students build resiliency over their four years in school and what universities can do to better help their students succeed. I worked specifically in mental health, conducting interviews with students to have candid discussions about changes in their mental health while in school. This experience was important to me because mental health is often overlooked when discussing the health and wellbeing of adolescents and young adults, yet it's highly prevalent in university populations and across other demographic groups. I hope the work that my colleagues and I contributed will help people be more open in talking about mental health issues so that we can finally end the stigma surrounding mental health.

What first sparked your interest in community service?
Growing up, I attended a school that encouraged community service and provided many opportunities for the students to give back, but my interest in service was really sparked in 9th grade when I was able to lead a service project of my own. Having that active role in giving back to the community made me eager to continue my work helping others.

What about Philadelphia excites you the most?
I've lived in North Carolina my entire life and went to college in South Carolina, so I'm excited to finally experience a Northern winter and see some real snow!

What’s your favorite food?
Grilled cheese. Definitely.