Coordinator of the Month: Megan Cornejo
Name: Megan Cornejo
Hometown: Rohnert Park, CA
College Attended / Major: CSU Sacramento / Health Science
HealthCorps School Placement/State/City: Palm Desert High School, Palm Desert, CA
Fun Fact: I worked in the Disney College Program at Epcot, Disney World for a semester.
Layla Ronan: How did you become involved with HealthCorps?
Megan Cornejo: I had attended a career fair at Sac State and saw the Healthcorps booth. The representative had a very energetic personality and she attracted me to the booth. I understood that Healthcorps was accepting all majors, but I specifically felt connected to the organization because of my Health Science major. I felt that this was the perfect opportunity for me and a great career move. I was excited to apply and enjoyed the interview process because it was unlike any interview I had done before.
LR: What has been the highlight of your placement so far?
MC: I really enjoy my school. I was nervous coming to a city I had never even heard of before my placement, but the staff was so welcoming it immediately felt like home. I was connected with the Health Academy from the beginning and I felt that they have really made my programming come to life. I appreciate their support and involvement in my Health Fair, Café O Yeas, After School Club, and Wellness Council. They are my Health Hero Rock Stars and I am very proud of all that they do. The students are such leaders and I know that they will keep the Healthcorps programming alive after I leave.
LR: Outside of the classroom, what are some of the activities that you are involved with?
MC: I really enjoy putting on a monthly healthy potluck for my staff. Throughout the year we have had some delicious dishes that I know have sparked new ways of cooking for the staff members involved. For the month of April, I am setting up a Healthy Potluck staff challenge. The staff has to choose a dish from a specific country or culture that they will make into an alternative, healthier dish. The staff will then be able to vote on each others’ dishes and the winning dish will win the prize. I am really excited to see what they all come up with.
LR: What do you plan to pursue after your service to HealthCorps is complete?
MC: I am officially attending a Masters in Public Health program at University College Cork in Ireland. I am so excited to continue my education abroad and take my Healthcorps experience with me. After I have completed graduate school, I wish to work in the Public Health field. My end goal would be to become an executive director of a health program. My ideal setting would be in a hospital but I would be happy in any setting.
LR: What is one thing you have learned from your placement that you will be able to carry with you as you move forward in life?
MC: I am a very extroverted person, and moving out here to the desert leaving my family and friends behind was difficult at first. Other than the coordinator Madelyn at Rancho Mirage High School, there are not many young adults in the desert. It is mainly a family and retired community. I had given up my extravagant social life to move here and I learned how to be alone. This really helped me grow as a person and to become a little more introverted. I was a fish out of water and I learned to breathe in the air.
We want to thank Megan Cornejo for her exceptional work and congratulate her for being this month’s coordinator of the month.
(Megan Cornejo students doing pushups, during a Push Your Heart to the Max contest!)