Year of Graduation: 2018
Degree Program: B.S., Health Studies
Current Academic Program: Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at Columbia University
About Our Alum
Kristen Kennett received her bachelor’s degree from Monmouth University in May 2018 after majoring in Health Studies, minoring in Psychology, and completing a certificate in Gerontology. Monmouth appealed to her because it is a quaint campus with numerous ways to get involved. Throughout her time at Monmouth, Kristen took advantage of the many extracurricular activities on campus. Kristen joined the sorority Alpha Xi Delta and held three positions within this organization: Philanthropy Chair, Programs Vice President, and Honor Board member. In addition, Kristen was also inducted into Eta Sigma Gamma, National Health Education Honorary, and later became the President of this Honor Society. Furthermore, Kristen was a Supplemental Instructor for the writing-intensive course, Community Health, and during her last semester at Monmouth she received the 2018 Department of Health and Physical Education Leadership Award.
Aside from the various sources of involvement on campus, it was always evident to Kristen that the faculty at Monmouth University want their students to succeed, and with their help and guidance she was able to continue her education. Currently, Kristen now attends Columbia University Irving Medical Center where she is pursuing a Master of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy.
Kristen states, “I strongly feel my time at Monmouth University truly prepared me for my graduate school career at an Ivy League institution. Courses I took at Monmouth such as Anatomy and Physiology, Research Methods, Medical Terminology, Community Health, and Professional Seminar provided me with a strong foundational base of knowledge, which is helping me tremendously. In addition, the various ways I was involved on campus helped me master time management skills, which I am utilizing now. Dr. Myers and Dr. Hrycenko have had the most significant impact on my academic career due to their continuous support”.
Kristen looks forward to graduating with a master’s degree from Columbia University in 2020 and attaining her dream job as an Occupational Therapist.