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Graduate Spotlight - Lauren Hernandez

Name: Lauren Hernandez
Program: DMS Weekend
Graduating Class: June 2014

How has WCUI helped you in achieving your goals and prepare you for your future career?

When I think of college, I think of homework and staying up late cramming the night before a big test. To me, college was where you are supposed to go after high school if you ever wanted to get a better job than flipping burgers. WCUI has encouraged me to look at college in a different way. I had attended a community college before attending WCUI, so I thought I already had the “experience”. I must say that WCUI was not at all what I had expected. I always knew that I wanted to do something in the medical field but I wasn’t quite sure what it was. My community college had limited funding for medical programs, and only a few students were chosen to attend those programs. This was frustrating, and my dream of working in the medical field was becoming a dim possibility. My friend referred me to WCUI and after going to orientation, I knew it was a perfect fit. I started WCUI in the fall of 2012 in the DMS program, and to be honest, it was the best decision I made for my future career. WCUI has not only educated me in the area of ultrasound, but has encouraged me to never give up or think that it’s too late to go back to school. The availability and interest of the staff made me feel like a person with concerns and opinions and not just a number. Going through WCUI, I learned about the importance of education as well as the magnitude of a first impression. I think the best part about the school is they offer weekend and night courses, so I was still able to work while I went to school. I recommend WCUI for anyone who has an interest in ultrasound, nursing, or MRI.

Were there any influential instructors, classes, workshops, etc. that you felt inspired you and helped encourage you along your journey here at WCUI and after graduation?

Since I had some schooling before I started WCUI, my very first module was Physics. In all honesty, I am not good at math unless it is explained to me in an apples and oranges type of way, so I already had a preconceived idea of how bad my final grade in the class was going to be. Our instructor for that class understood that many of the students, myself included, were not physicists; so she broke it down in the simplest of forms so we could understand. I was used to instructors shoveling formulas after formulas into my brain until I just memorized them, but our instructor gave examples and made physics interesting to me. I would have never guessed in a lifetime that I would think physics was interesting. This instructor helped me realize the potential I never thought I had, not just with physics but with my future career. When I would be stuck with a formula she encouraged me to look at it from a different perspective. This idea was not only valuable to me while I was taking physics, but has been influential in my current career as an ultrasound technologist. I got an “A” in my physics class, and I also learned a valuable life skill all thanks to my physics instructor.

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