When Ryann Quick graduates this May with a degree in public health, she will spend the next 27 months in Belize as a Peace Corps volunteer. Arizona Alumni Magazine talked to her about her dedication to teaching health education and the importance of investing in students like her through Arizona Assurance.
Why did you decide to join the Peace Corps?
Living in Nogales, Ariz., and Rio Rico you notice a lot of health disparities, especially among Latinos and youth. I don’t want to be a bystander. I want to help. I want to share the knowledge I learned at the UA with others.
Why is public health education important to you?
I worked at Mariposa Community Health Center in Nogales during high school as a teen health facilitator. I worked with teens on health topics such as STDs, teen pregnancy prevention, tobacco, diabetes — and I really liked what I was doing. When I came to UA it made sense to study public health because I love educating, especially teens.
How has the Arizona Assurance scholarship helped you?
It’s the only reason I was able to come to UA. It is very, very important to me and it’s what’s funding my education. It’s important that people take the time to consider low-income students and to invest in us, invest in our futures. Without it, I don’t know where’d I’d be.
What do you enjoy most about the UA?
I love the spirit on campus and the atmosphere at the UA. No matter where we go, we all have a connection even if we’ve never met.
Quick is the Joel Valdez Scholar for this academic year. Her Arizona Assurance scholarship is provided by interest from the Joel Valdez Endowment for the benefit of Arizona Assurance. Valdez, pictured with Quick, served as Tucson city manager for 16 years and was the UA's senior vice president for business affairs for 20 years.