Kathleen Richter
Alumni, Class of 2020
Hometown
Eugene, Oregon

Why did you choose Oregon Tech?

I knew I wanted to work in the medical field to help patients. I found that I am very good with technology and problem solving, and those things put together I found that an imaging program would be the best career for me that I would most enjoy. Also, I wanted to stay in Oregon!

What do you like most about your program?

I love learning about human anatomy and physiology. It is such a relevant topic and I find it very fascinating to learn about things that are happening within yourself.

What are you passionate about changing within this particular field and why?

I would like to practice medical technology with the patients' best interest in mind. I think healthcare has moved in a way where the world has started to treat patients like object that need fixing. I believe this field lacks empathy and I would like to be one person in this field that does not.

What would be your dream job?

I would love to work with a variety of people and perform many different types of scans. I would love to travel to different countries and work with communities where vascular technology is not typically accessible in order to help educate a community about potential health risks.

What have been some of your favorite classes and why?

I really enjoyed Cardiovascular physiology. Again this subject pertains to us all and it is very fascinating to see how our own bodies work!

Is there anything about Oregon Tech that you wish everyone knew about?

I wish people knew that this isn't the type of school to just complete your bachelor’s degree and go away. Oregon Tech prepares you for an actual career that you can start the day after you graduate. I’m a little bitter about this subject since I received my bachelor’s degree from another university in Human Physiology, but had no clue what to do after. That degree did not prepare me for the real world, but Oregon Tech does prepare you. 

Is there anything more that you would like to share with future students about campus, what you wish you knew before attending Oregon Tech or anything else?

I’d like to tell students to really take the time to know what each career would be like before choosing a major. Go shadow all the jobs you think you would like to ensure it is something you would actually enjoy. I did this after I got my first bachelors and wish I had done it a lot sooner.