Uphill Battles

Thank you! The past three months have been some of the most rewarding months of my college experience. I learned more about myself as a student and researcher than I anticipated. So while, I am extremely proud of the work we all completed this summer, I am even more proud of the people we became…

Learning How to Communicate Effectively

People diagnosed with hearing loss often have complex diagnoses because there are so many causes and forms of hearing loss.  Therefore, when presenting my research, I think it will be important to provide a thorough background with explanations of different types of hearing loss and how they are specifically or uniquely treated. Furthermore, many people…

Bridging Gaps

One of the most compelling aspects of the Brackenridge Fellowship is the diverse community of students that it engages. Though I am very passionate about nursing and love the intimate classes, I often feel like there is an obstacle in my way for meeting different students. Just 3 weeks in, I feel a connection to…

Mandy Cooper: Access to Care Among Patients with Hearing Loss

Hi everyone! First of all, I cannot wait to get to know my fellow scholars during this summer and am so excited to learn about everyone’s research/career interests! My name is Mandy Cooper, and I am a rising junior in the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Nursing. In addition to my nursing degree, I am…