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Student, Class of 2019
Hometown
Hillsboro, OR

Awards/Accomplishments while at Oregon Tech: President of the DMS Club

Why did you choose Oregon Tech?

After choosing my major I conducted many hours of research on what programs were available. Oregon Tech had the only accredited program that not only offered my degree but provided a bachelor’s which included one year of externship experience. The school offered small class sizes, which meant lots of hands on learning and one on one time with the professors. The job placement and return on investment for students attending OIT is one of the best in the nation which really made OIT stand out to me. In a time when establishing jobs and careers seems increasingly hard for graduating students, OIT seemed to be the school that best prepared their students for their chosen career paths.

What do you like most about your program?

I love the hands-on experience I get here! As a DMS student we use the machines daily. You start scanning week 1 of the program and for the next few years all your experience isn’t just from lectures or studying, but from direct application, practicing and utilizing the same type of machines that you will be using for the rest of your career.  

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

I hope to be a part of the advancing technology and utilization of ultrasound for more procedures and studies. Ultrasound is constantly evolving and since we don’t use radiation and are non-invasive, the appeal for ultrasound rather than other imaging such as CT or MRI is high. If we continue to research and develop methods in which ultrasound can be utilized more often, we can create a less harmful and overall better experience for our patients.

What would be your dream job?

My dream job would be to work as a general sonographer in the Portland area. I love that as sonographers we can scan so many parts of the body and I plan to be ARDMS certified in several specializations so I can have a more versatile job.

What have been some of your favorite classes and why?

It’s hard to pick a favorite class because I love all of my classes. Each and every class is specific to my field of study and our professors are all so passionate about us really learning the information. But my absolute favorite class would have to be lab, because we really get time for one on one instruction with scanning actual patients.

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

The caliber of these professors is on another level. The professors here invest so much of themselves into making sure that your degree program is the right fit for you, and that you succeed in your schooling and your career. The passion these professors have, not only for what they are teaching but for the students as well, makes it feel like I always have someone in my corner making sure that I am well prepared for my career out in the real world.

Are you involved on campus? If so, how?

I am the president of the DMS club at OIT. We run events for all classes of the DMS program and actively participate in volunteer opportunities within the OIT and Klamath community. Throughout the year we put on many fundraisers and donate a portion of our proceeds to charity. Being a part of the DMS Club has created a real feeling of community and family for all our DMS and OIT comrades.  

Have you participated in any internships or externships during your time at Oregon Tech? Did you gain valuable experience from them?

I will be going on externship in June of 2018 and will be an extern for 1 year before graduating with my bachelor’s degree from OIT. I am very excited to gain real world experience working directly with experts in my field.

Do you have employment/graduate school plans for after graduation?

Yes, I hope to be employed as a general sonographer within a hospital setting in the Portland metro area. I don’t have any jobs lined up, but I hope to make some potential connections through my externship.

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?

The Klamath Falls campus is a much smaller campus than many of other state schools and universities. It is important to be active within the school and the community to really get the most out of your school experience. On-campus housing is a great way to make friends and connections. Plan carpool trips to Costco and Trader Joe's in Medford, make use of $1 bowling at the Epicenter, go to the outdoor ice skating rink during the winter season, and take advantage of all the amazing outdoor activities that Klamath Falls has to offer. You’d be amazed at how such a small town can really make you feel at home.