Summers with Mosquitos?
Artie Equihua '20
When Artie Equihua interviewed for a summer internship with the Montgomery County Health Department, they told him he couldn’t be afraid to get sweaty and dirty and to expected the unexpected. In just a short time, Artie was working with septic tanks and helping with home and restaurant inspections. He even helped the Indiana State Police bust a meth house. On the side, he was studying mosquitos. “I was told that, by the end of my internship, I’d be so comfortable with mosquitos I’d be able to identify them when they land on me. And it’s true. I can.” Artie’s work, which was sponsored by Wabash\'s Global Health Initiative, included classifying the types of mosquitos common in Montgomery County, figuring out the diseases they carry, and educating the public on where mosquitos are most likely to be and how to prevent breeding. Though Artie says his work with mosquitos was probably the most fascinating for him, the home inspections he went on were the hardest. “I’m not used to seeing people live in unhealthy conditions. It’s not always their fault – some people just aren’t as educated in basic health techniques – but it’s really sad to see that divide. Once I saw that, though, I realized it was my job to level out the playing field and provide people some of the education they’re lacking.”
That’s a Wabash man for you. Seriously.