When I Grow Up

Sometimes there's a clear path between what we dream of being as children and what we become as adults. And sometimes, as these revelations from members of the SPH community suggest, there's little rhyme or reason to the trajectory. Click each photo to read each child's dream. (Not sure who's who? See the key below.)

  • 1. Doctor, Lawyer, Professor
  • 2. First Black Woman Supreme Court Justice
  • 3. Veterinarian
  • 4. Schoolteacher and Librarian
  • 5. Tree-hugger
  • 6. Veterinarian
  • 7. Oceanographer
  • 8. Marine Biologist
  • 9. Doctor
  • 10. Rancher
  • 11. Wife and Mother
  • 12. Anything but Math
  • 13. Professional Baseball Player

Key

  1. Toby Citrin, Adjunct Professor, Department of Health Management and Policy; Director, Center for Public Health and Community Genomics; Co-Director, UM Life Sciences and Society Program
  2. Tesenga Sha' Duncan Smith, Diversity Officer
  3. Cathie Spino, Research Associate Professor of Biostatistics
  4. David Hunsche, Academic Technology Coordinator
  5. Nil Basu, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Health Sciences
  6. Susan Morrel-Samuels, Managing Director, Prevention Research Center of Michigan
  7. Shelagh Saenz, Career Service Coordinator
  8. Dana Dolinoy, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Health Sciences
  9. Harvey Leo, Assistant Research Scientist, Center for Managing Chronic Disease
  10. Melissa Valerio, Assistant Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education
  11. Janet Gilsdorf, Professor of Epidemiology; Professor of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases
  12. Laura Rozek, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Health Sciences
  13. Marc Zimmerman, Professor and Chair, Health Behavior and Health Education