Keeping up with Curry: Shana Petriello

Catching up with Shana Petriello '12

Just days after finishing her third semester at University of Massachusetts, Shana Petriello joined Curry College alumni relations staff for lunch to catch us up on her latest endeavors.

If there's one thing that stands out about Shana, it's her unwavering passion for the field she has immersed herself in.

After graduating from Curry in 2012 with a degree in Community Health & Wellness, she immediately set off to earn her Master's in Public Health, which she will receive this May. Shana always knew she wanted to help people, Shana Petriellobut after initially studying nursing, her career veered another way. "I found myself enjoying the one on one time with my patients in clinical, learning about their lives and what brought them into the hospital. This, in partnership with my experiences working with Habitat for Humanity in a low-income urban community during Curry's Alternative Spring Break, caught my attention. I gravitated toward the opportunity to be an innovative change agent in the community, while still having an impact on people's health outcomes. My interests shifted from the treatment of illness and disease to the prevention of it." She quickly became involved with career-related endeavors on campus, playing a large role in the development and leadership of the peer educator program called RAGE (Raising Awareness through Group Education).

More recently, Shana has worked as a Teaching Assistant at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, leading Personal Health classes. She has previously worked for the Aspire Summer Program at Mass General Hospital in Boston, MA, and as a Research Assistant for Caring Health Center in Springfield, MA. "From these experiences and on the foundation of my education from Curry College, I hope to pursue a career in which I can move a community toward positive change and promote healthy living. I had an enriching experience at Curry and believe many of the skills I learned such as leadership, time management, and health-related concepts have and will continue to serve me well as I move forward in my professional aspirations."

We can't wait to see what the future has in store for Shana. And we know that whatever it may be, she will bring with her the passion, energy, and enthusiasm that has taken her this far.

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