Kaitlyn Weide Receives Member-Get-A-Member 2015 Scholarship

2015MGAM_Weide.jpgKaitlyn Weide is the recipient of ASSE’s Member-Get-A-Member 2015 Scholarship. She is a student at Oakland University, in Rochester, MI, studying occupational safety and health. Weide is a member of ASSE’s Oakland University Student Section, which part of the Greater Detroit Chapter.

Q: Why did you choose a degree in safety?
Kaitlyn: I chose a degree in safety after realizing I did not want to work in a hospital during my time as a radiologic technology intern. I found that this career combined my interest in health of others while also allowing me to work in many different areas. It is very rewarding to be able to help the workers who are exposed to various safety and health risks and that really appealed to me while looking for a change in majors. There are just a lot of different avenues for me to go into, and I feel that this career is really growing and can only expand in its scope; I am excited to be a part of that.

Q: How did you find out about ASSE?
Kaitlyn: I found out about ASSE through Oakland University during my first semester in the OSH program. All of the OSH professors encouraged us to join at the beginning of the semester. I am so glad I did because we have a great student chapter. I have met a lot of great people and gained a lot of information from our meetings.

Q: How has being an ASSE member helped you?
Kaitlyn: As an ASSE member I have met so many people in the field of safety and made a lot of great friends with fellow OSH majors which will help me in the future as a progress in my career. Being a member has also enabled me to apply for OSH-related scholarships to help me finish up my degree, which I am so grateful for. Additionally, I was recently elected vice president of marketing for my school’s ASSE Student Chapter, which will allow me to gain further knowledge in my areas of interest as well as new ones I may not have had the opportunity to learn more about.

Q: What is your ideal job after graduation?
Kaitlyn: I would love to work in ergonomics, especially in the healthcare field. I think that musculoskeletal disorders are a growing problem with workers all over, and I have witnessed and experienced it while working as a radiologic technology intern at Beaumont Hospitals. I find ergonomics very interesting and important, and I think that there needs to be more emphasis on it for the workforce because we can not be at our best when we are in pain. Just from classes I have taken in ergonomics, I have been applying the principles to my own work postures and movements as a gymnastics coach.

Q: How will the scholarship help you?
Kaitlyn: With this scholarship I will be able to complete my degree in December of this year and not have to worry about taking out loans or paying out of pocket. I can focus not only on finding an internship but also finish with my final four classes without worrying about how I will be able to pay for them.

Q: What advice do you have for students who are considering a career in safety?
Kaitlyn: I would tell other students to go and talk to their adviser or better yet the program director of the OSH program at their school to get an idea of what to expect. There are so many ways to use this degree from fire safety, to working in chemical plants, or the automotive industry, or in ergonomics that there could definitely be something that sparks their interest. When I first looked into the OSH program at Oakland University I did not know much about it, but after talking with the program director and my adviser it really helped steer me in this direction and switching majors has been the best decision I have ever made.