Meredith Dykehouse chose to customize her BS in Management degree by concentrating in healthcare administration where world-renowned organizations like Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals are within walking distance.
We asked Meredith to answer the following questions about why she chose to customize her major:
1. What drew you to CWRU and the Weatherhead School of Management?
I knew that I wanted to learn where I could interact with individuals in healthcare, and I believe that Cleveland is the perfect city for that. With the Cleveland Clinic down the street and University Hospitals across the street, I've been able to spend my entire college education surrounded by individuals who live and breathe healthcare. It was never more evident taking courses for my specialized major when there were numerous physicians and surgeons in the room along with those involved in hospital billing, insurance and medical equipment. I would not have had those kinds of interactions anywhere else except for Weatherhead.
2. What field of interest did you incorporate into your BS in Management?
I incorporated healthcare administration into my management degree.
3. Why did you choose to customize your management degree?
I've always been a firm believer in people being the most important thing out there. I didn't want to be involved in an organization where money comes first, and I believe most healthcare institutions truly care about patients and their experiences. I wanted that for my future career. I wanted to leave work every day knowing that I made a positive difference in someone's life, and I felt that healthcare provided that opportunity.
4. How did your customized degree prepare you for after-graduation employment?
I've loved having the opportunity to select which kinds of classes I felt would help me most. It's allowed me to take a diverse number of classes. For example, in the business school I've taken several MBA-level classes in healthcare finance, economics, and decision-making, but I've also been able to take a health law class through the law school and a sociology class on healthcare delivery. By taking courses in various fields, I've gotten a much broader exposure to healthcare and the various stakeholders involved. It's been wonderful because I've gotten a chance to interact with individuals in many different roles in the healthcare industry, and I've learned so much from everyone I've talked to. I believe I have a much broader understanding of the incredibly diverse healthcare industry than many people, and that is completely due to the classes I've taken.
5. What advice would you give the student who is considering customizing their management degree?
I would tell all students considering customizing their degree to go for it. Weatherhead is amazing at giving you free rein and trusting you to know what you want. If you have something you want to accomplish, it's up to you to go for it. No one else is going to give you the opportunity to completely develop your course of study. It's something incredibly unique, and it gives you the opportunity to stand out from the competition and learn about something you're truly passionate about. So go for it!