"I graduated in Fall 2011 with a Bachelor's Degree in Philippine Language and Literature - Filipino and a minor in Biology. I have been a Research Associate with the University of Hawaii Office of Public Health Studies since 2012. I graduated in Fall 2015 with a Master of Public Health - Social and Behavioral Health Sciences. My academic background and experience from the Filipino program helped greatly in graduate school as my graduate research focused on cultural competency and cross-cultural miscommunication in the healthcare industry. I examined perceptions among Hawaii healthcare workers regarding communication with Filipinos who are non-native English speakers and developed recommendations for better patient-provide communication and engagement. Since Fall 2017, I have also worked as a lecturer (FIL 102) with the Filipino program."