Sara's Thrilling Odyssey Studying Sexual & Reproductive Health Policy and Programming

As part of the first cohort of the online MSc Sexual & Reproductive Health Policy and Programming, developed and delivered by LSHTM and the University of Ghana School of Public Health (UGSPH), Sara reveals the ins and outs of remote learning. Learn how the programme empowered her to become an agent of change, and glean her invaluable insights for aspiring online students.
Sara Mengistu

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Embarking on the academic adventure at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) has been nothing short of exhilarating. My journey through the intricate landscapes of sexual and reproductive health and rights has not only deepened my understanding but has also sculpted me into an advocate poised to make a transformative impact.

A global classroom of expertise

Picture this: delving into the very heart of current sexual and reproductive health issues alongside pioneers engaged in program design and policy-making at global and regional levels. The classrooms resonate with the wisdom of experts who have not just theoretical knowledge but years of frontline experience. From maternal and perinatal health to family planning, HIV/AIDS, sexual health, gender-based violence, and adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights—LSHTM's curriculum is a mosaic of profound insights.

Mentoring the trailblazers

What sets LSHTM apart is its unique program, a crucible that moulds students into effective sexual and reproductive health and rights leaders and change agents for their communities. The mentors, armed with both academic prowess and boots-on-the-ground experience, guide us towards becoming the vanguard of positive change.

Navigating the virtual realm: tips for triumph

  • Moodle: your trusty companion

First and foremost, befriend Moodle. It's not just a platform; it's your gateway to knowledge. Don’t hesitate to seek assistance; the learning journey is a collaborative effort.

  • Mastering time: the art of governance

In this virtual world, clock management is your ally. Balance work, academia, and social life through effective time allocation. Craft a study schedule in advance, liberating yourself from the last-minute rush.

  • The need for speed: internet stability

In the digital realm, a stable internet connection is your silent partner. Invest in a fast connection that ensures seamless attendance in live lectures and uninterrupted perusal of asynchronous materials.

  • Unity in diversity: embrace collaboration

In a world that thrives on connectivity, collaboration is key. Working in groups is not just an academic necessity; it's an opportunity to foster a supportive environment. Navigate time zone differences with empathy, building a strong foundation of teamwork.

  • The magnum opus: be open, be impactful

Finally, a word on openness. Don’t just be a passive learner; engage, ask questions, and participate actively. Seize opportunities to connect with fellow students and guest lecturers. Don’t wait until graduation to make a difference in the field; apply your knowledge as you learn, for we are all perpetual learners on this extraordinary journey.

At LSHTM, education is not a destination; it’s a dynamic voyage. As we weave the tapestry of our learning experiences, let's revel in the challenges, embrace the diversity of knowledge, and emerge not just as graduates but as architects of positive change in the realm of sexual and reproductive health and rights. After all, our odyssey has just begun.