Casandra is a graduate of SJR State’s Radiologic Technology A.S. degree program.
She is now employed at Orange Park Medical Center.
CASANDRA, WHAT INSPIRED YOUR INTEREST IN THE FIELD OF RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGY?
I initially wanted to become a nurse and took all of the prerequisites for the nursing program at SJR State. After a few setbacks, I realized that nursing wouldn’t be a great fit for me. Knowing that I still wanted to be in healthcare, I reviewed the options I had at SJR State and chose radiology. I absolutely love it!
WHAT DID YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT YOUR TRAINING AT SJR STATE?
I enjoyed the many different types of people I encountered every day. I was able to learn and work beside some pretty amazing technologists, and I’m making a difference in people’s lives. I also enjoyed taking diagnostic images that help physicians to make the best diagnoses for their patients.
WHAT WAS YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE?
One of the biggest challenges, for me, would be time management. I’d like to think I was doing a pretty good job managing time between school and family. I am very fortunate to have children who are a little older and understand what I am doing. It can be hard at times to keep up with my family’s schedules.
WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE TO OTHERS WHO MAY BE CONSIDERING ENROLLING IN THIS PROGRAM?
Don’t give up! The first time I applied for the program was in 2016, and I made it as far as an alternate student. I took that next year working on an A.A., which gave me more points toward the program. When I applied again in 2017, I got in, and here I am! It’s also good to have a support system, even if it is just someone to talk to when you’re being hard on yourself…it will happen. (Thanks, Phil. You are my rock!)
Like anything that is worth it in life, you have to work hard. You will get out of the program (including clinicals) what you put into it.
Casandra is a graduate of SJR State’s Radiologic Technology A.S. degree program. She is now employed at Orange Park Medical Center.
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