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Kaysia Pajita: Outstanding Graduate, School of Communication

Kaysia Pajita: Outstanding Graduate, School of Communication

If a reporter were to interview someone close to Kaysia Pajita, they would describe her using phrases such as resilient, compassionate, empathetic and unafraid to speak up for what’s right.

During her time as an SDSU student, Pajita was able to explore her passion for health communication by interning for a nonprofit health clinic in North County San Diego where she created content, conducted research and ultimately organized a forum to inform the community on the dangers of underage drinking.

“For me, this internship reinforced the fact that I like engaging with the community for a good cause,” Pajita said. “I was able to take the concepts that I’d learned during the year and a half prior, put that into practice and test my skills.”

Pajita also had the opportunity to study abroad for 3 ½ weeks in the summer of 2018 and visited the Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland and Italy as part of the “Communication in Europe” program. She also received the Marie Hornik Scholarship for Study Abroad in the Czech Republic and an Associated Students Study abroad scholarship.

“The Marie Hornik Scholarship went a long way in Prague because the currency exchange rate at the time was excellent, and everything in Prague is inexpensive to begin with,” Pajita said. “I really made the most of every cent (errr… Czech koruna), and I’m grateful that the late Ms. Hornik was generous enough to create a fund for students who were studying abroad in the Czech Republic.”

Pajita plans to enter a graduate program in the fall of 2020 and is interested in pursuing a master of public health in health education and promotion degree. She would love to continue working in health communication by becoming a Planned Parenthood educator.

The content within this article has been edited by Lizbeth Persons.

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