Hometown:

Blue Springs, Mo

Major:

Radiography, Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences

ryanWhy did you want to go into health professions?
When I was younger, third grade, I broke my leg. It wasn’t traumatic but I do remember when I went to the hospital the lady who took care of me calmed me and helped me know everything would be OK. As I look back I can see she went above and beyond and I wanted to be able to do that with people that I see in hospitals….give the best care.

How did you decide on your major?
I took Intro to Health Professions and discovered radiography in that class. I knew I wanted to work in a hospital setting, so I did observation hours. That reinforced my desire to major in radiography. Radiography is something where I can give great care. A lot of people are scared like I was after I broke my leg. It doesn’t matter what age you are, a person of any age can be apprehensive about those things. We tell them what we’re doing and how it can help in diagnosing their condition and help them feel better.

What appeals to you about Mizzou’s program?
I love the class size. There are 14 other really good friends. We have class together, labs together, we hang out all the time. I love the teachers. I know all of them really care about us. They want us to learn and succeed in clinicals. That’s really nice. I’ve never felt like I can’t go to them with a question or email them if I don’t understand something. We have a lot of clinical sites that we get to go to. We get a wide range of experience and it’s perfect to build your resume, which is nice.

What about the hands-on learning you get here?
It’s everything. We’re learning things in class and we practice in the labs, but you really actively learn in clinicals. You take all the knowledge the teachers have given you and you use it. It’s when you really find out what you need to go back and spend more time on. You always have someone watching you but when you’re there for a long time, the professionals learn what your abilities are and really let you go show what you can do. From registering the patient to getting them in the waiting room, you get more responsibilities and it makes you feel like you’re part of the staff.

What type of student should consider this program?
I would suggest radiography to somebody who likes giving care to other people. You have to be genuine and actually want to help those people. I always liked science. I like learning about how the images are made, how MRIs do things. If you have that interest and are responsible and organized, this could be a good fit. The program is very time consuming.  You have to know how to balance work, school and friends, but you can do it if you really want to.

How did your academic advisor help you?
I probably wouldn’t be in the program if it wasn’t for him. He helped me with what classes to take and he gave me advice. It can be scary, but having someone to guide you is so important. People like my advisor, my teachers, my classmates….we all helped each other. It’s been great. The culture here where everyone cares and wants you to succeed makes you want to try harder and do that much better.

What are your career goals?
I like working at bigger hospitals where I can see a lot of patients.