It is truly an honor to be awarded this scholarship. The decision to go back to school in a completely different field was not an easy one to arrive at and one that I was admittedly hesitant to make. Ultimately, the choice was made, because I wanted to make a difference in a challenge and exciting new environment.
As a student, it has been such a wonderful academic experience as well as a hands-on experience in the lab and clinical portions of our program. Our class instructor, Mrs Penny Foody, and our program director, Ms Barbara Maderi, have been so supportive and encouraging in preparing us for our new careers as surgical techs. It has been a real pleasure getting to know such a great group of people all working toward a common goal.
With graduation right around the corner, I can honestly say that I am glad to have made the decision to become a surgical technologist. I am fortunate to have been hired as a tech at am ambulatory surgery center near my home and look forward to gaining knowledge and developing my skills.
As for the future, my goals are to be the strongest tech, preceptor and resource I can be and to continue my education and possibly become a clinical or classroom instructor in a program such as the one I am in. Thank you to my classmates for making this experience so fantastic. I'm proud to be a part of the Ulster BOCES graduating Surgical Technology Class of 2015-2016!