Heather-Lyn Haley

Sociologist/Researcher at UMass Medical School

"If you want to do something, just do it. I know that sounds so cliché, but I think that I spent way too much time trying to decide what I wanted to do for the rest of my life instead of what I want to do for the next month..."

Heather-Lyn Haley was born on July 4, 1966, in Nuremburg, West Germany, though she and her family have lived in Leicester and Worcester, MA for most of Heather’s life. She attended a private high school and went on to attend Worcester State College for her undergraduate studies, where she majored in English and participated in student government, the school newspaper, and worked as a DJ for a local radio station, WICN. In this interview, Heather details her undergraduate studies, extracurricular activities, graduate student experience, and her career decisions. She also discusses her personal life, including relationships and a reflection on her life’s decisions. Heather encourages others to pursue their dreams and go after what they want, a theme prevalent in her own life.
Interview Date: 
April 9, 2008