Kristina Ogbarmey-Tetteh took advantage of the Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences’ Student Resource Center when she began studying nursing.
The Resource Center offered her peer tutoring and other study resources, including model skeletons, hearts and limbs like the ones she used in her lab classes for Human Anatomy and Physiology, a required course for all first-year health sciences majors.
A strong student, she wanted guidance on how to study efficiently and focus her efforts. Soon, she formed a study group with friends. As a junior, she became a tutor in the Resource Center herself, helping other students.
“The peer tutors, they’re more knowledgeable and can give you more personal advice on ways you can best study,” she says. “If it wasn’t for the Resource Center, I feel like my first year would have been a lot more difficult.”
Ogbarmey-Tetteh came to UMass Lowell for its highly regarded nursing program – and the opportunity to continue on for a Master of Science in Nursing degree that will prepare her to become a family nurse-practitioner. In high school in Worcester, Massachusetts, she enjoyed science, especially biology, and knew that she wanted to work in health care.
“I knew that I liked working amongst a team, I liked caring for people and making sure that people were happy and quality of care was attended to, so I decided nursing was a good fit for me,” she says.
Early in her UMass Lowell career, she also found herself greatly enjoying her public health classes. She says they helped her to understand how the health care system works – and where it fails. As a sophomore, Ogbarmey-Tetteh added a minor in public health, which became even more relevant when the COVID-19 pandemic began in early 2020. She also joined a new club on campus, Advocates of Health Equity for Minorities.
“As nurses, we’re caring for the patients, but we don’t always know enough about their financial and social status and how it might be hindering their care,” she says. “Public health helps you understand how come the care isn’t the same for all patients. It tries to prevent bias, so it gives you a more well-rounded view of your patients.”
Ogbarmey-Tetteh is very active on campus. She’s secretary of the Public Health Club and serves as a senator representing the Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences in the Student Government Association.