Carbonear woman's dedication earns education opportunity

Justine O'Leary beats out over 200 applicants for masters program in public health

Melissa Jenkins
Published on August 28, 2014
Justine O'Leary has earned herself a spot in the selective public health masters program at Memorial University.
Photo by Melissa Jenkins/The Compass

Everyday, rain or shine, Justine O’Leary of Carbonear can be seen jogging from her home in Crocker’s Cove with a smile on her face.

She loves to run, and it’s obvious to anyone who observes her take each stride down the street.

Earlier this year, O’Leary learned she was accepted into a competitive program at Memorial University of Newfoundland’s medical school that begins Sept. 3.

The program administrator for the masters of public health, Christa McGrath, told The Compass there are some 250 applicants each year, and about 20 are accepted. O’Leary was proud to be one of them.

The 23-year-old has a Bachelor in Kinesiology with honours distinction.

This masters program was the obvious next step.

From junior high school to this very day, O’Leary has used her experiences to make life decisions.

She has an interesting take on deciding the path she took for a career, but the details won’t be available until September 2, 2014 in the print edition of The Compass. Don't forget to check it out.