Why did you choose the Yale School of Public Health? I chose YSPH because I believe that apart from its academic excellence, YSPH is the place that offers the greatest potential for my future success. With its numerous opportunities and comprehensive resources, I feel I will be able to connect with professionals who are leaders in public health research and working on cutting-edge methodology in biostatistics. Such experience will help me explore my research interest and decide my future career goal. One of my most favorite aspects of the YSPH academic program is the diverse pathways that are available for obtaining an MS in biostatistics. We can choose a specific concentration of what we want to study.Lilo Wu, MPH '24 What were you doing before enrolling at YSPH? I was a double-major in biochemistry and mathematics at Bates College. I worked as a math tutor who helped with math courses at all levels, and I was involved in theater production for more than three years. I was also a Japanese-language tutor for two years; I assisted learners in speaking, reading, and writing Japanese. What are your favorite aspects of the YSPH academic program? One of my most favorite aspects of the YSPH academic program is the diverse pathways that are available for obtaining an MS in biostatistics. We can choose a specific concentration of what we want to study. We can take a variety of courses from a wide range of departments as our electives. Another aspect I appreciate is that many professors are very supportive, and have provided so much insight on my career trajectory. With their help, I have successfully built a network of professionals outside Yale that has allowed me to gain more research experience in real-world data analysis. What was your most impactful experience outside of class? This summer, I worked at the Center for Outcomes Research Evaluation as an intern. It was my first time working full-time in research. I have obtained precious experience in brainstorming innovative research ideas, designing analyses of complex and high-dimensional data, and applying what I have learned in class into practice. I have also learned how to multitask among several projects, and how to better communicate with my colleagues, who are so encouraging and inspiring. It was an incredible experience that strengthened my intended focus on research in public health and medicine. Do you have a favorite Yale place or New Haven food? I strongly recommend Arethusa Farm for ice cream! What do you hope to do after graduation? I hope to expand my major in biostatistics, and learn more skills in advanced analysis and cutting-edge methodology. My ultimate career goal is to apply the skills I have developed to academic medicine and research to help save lives and improve the quality of life of the world population.