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Student, Class of 2019
Hometown
Chino, California

Why did you choose Oregon Tech? 
I chose Oregon Tech because it is one of the few colleges that offers a nuclear medicine program, and the program here far exceeds what other schools have to offer. The hands-on experience especially with a full year of externship clinical experience will set me up for success in my field. 

What do you like most about your program? 
I love the close-knit feel of a smaller program. We are all here for each other.  Nuclear medicine is like a second family.

What are you passionate about changing within this particular field and why?  There are so many advancements happening in nuclear medicine. I am passionate about being involved in the cutting edge of diagnostic medicine. Nuclear medicine is making incredible strides with new studies for Alzheimer's, cancer, and many others! 

What would be your dream job?
My dream job would be working for a research and teaching hospital. I would love to be involved with clinical trials for new exams in nuclear medicine. I would also love to pay it forward by teaching other students in the future when I am settled into my career.  

What have been some of your favorite classes and why? 
My favorite classes have included patient care and imaging procedures. These classes give a very real look at some of the most important aspects of what I will be doing every day at work. I feel like they are preparing me to hit the ground running when I get into the hospital setting.

Is there anything about Oregon Tech that you wish everyone knew about? 
I wish everyone knew how much this school has to offer. It may be small but it is mighty. It offers knowledgeable professors who truly care for their students, real equipment to train on, and a full year of externship clinical experience for medical imaging students. Not to mention the outdoor life here in Oregon is absolutely beautiful! 

Are you involved on campus? If so, how? 
I am currently the President of the Nuclear Medicine club here on campus. I try to stay involved with the campus as well as my community. There are so many options for getting involved. 

Have you participated in any internships or externships during your time at Oregon Tech? Did you gain valuable experience from them? 
I have spent time time doing clinical rotations at Sky Lakes medical center in nuclear medicine, CT, and MRI. They have provided be with invaluable experience. This summer, I will be leaving for a full year of externship as my senior year in nuclear medicine. By the time I graduate, I will have a full year of work experience under my belt making me a great job candidate. 

Do you have employment/graduate school plans for after graduation? 
I hope to get a full time job at a nuclear medicine department. I am an adventurous soul, so I am open to taking a job anywhere in the country. Adventure awaits!

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 wish I had known a lot sooner that Oregon Tech offered a full bachelor's degree in nuclear medicine technology. This program has incredible success rates for passing board examinations and job placement. They are truly invested in making sure their students have all the tools they need to succeed.