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Student Spotlight: Taryn Diermenjian

Taryn Diermenjian
"Do Everything"
Taryn’s “do everything” formula helped her bridge classroom learning with real world application. “I get to actually apply what I learn in class which is my favorite part.”

Taryn Diermenjian is a senior majoring in Health Systems Management (HSM). Her resume reads more like a seasoned professional than a college senior. She says “I like to do everything; it’s kind of a problem.” Not so much a problem as a key to Taryn’s success.

Uncertain which area of healthcare fascinated her most, Taryn sought out two independent internships, one at a smaller non-profit organization and one at a large academic medical center. The two experiences couldn’t have been more distinct and that’s what was so helpful to Taryn. Both internships – working with the fiscal challenges of a small community provider and at the heart of a massive health system – opened her eyes to the possibilities her HSM degree affords.  

She has yet to graduate and Taryn has already secured a highly-sought position as a quality analyst at an urban medical center. Taryn smiles as she acknowledges “I don’t have to apply for entry level jobs when I graduate. I have experience”.

Taryn’s “do everything” formula helped her bridge classroom learning with real world application. “I get to actually apply what I learn in class which is my favorite part.” Taryn believes her approach has given her an important edge in job interviews. “I’ve studied it but also proven I can apply it.”

Taryn says she doesn’t know what her post-graduation goal is yet, and that’s okay. Her goal right now is to gain as much experience as possible in a range of healthcare settings. Even if it seems like something you might not want to do, Taryn suggests taking advantage of every internship you can. “You don’t know where it will lead. Why not? It’s experience and it helped me get where I am”.

Wherever she is, she won’t be there long, because Taryn is going places.