I am honored to have received Bob Caruthers scholarship sponsored by the Texas State Assembly, so I’d first like to say thank you! If someone ever tells you it’s too late to get an education, do not listen to their negativity. I will be 41 when I graduate and I couldn’t be more excited for the career path I have chosen so late in life.
After 12 years in the aerospace industry, I was laid-off and with no degree and only on-the-job training, it was hard to find a job let alone another career. That is when I made the decision to go back to school and, with my family behind me 100%, began this journey. So it’s never too late to get a education!
I chose the surgical technology program for two reasons. I have always had a passion for helping others and surgical technology is a pathway that not a lot of people think about. The second reason is a very good friend of mine who has been a surgical technologist for several years. I would listen to him tell stories about the different cases and found it very intriguing.
There really is not one aspect of in this program that I have enjoyed more than the next. The entire program so far has been exhilarating. To be very honest, it hasn’t been an easy road. To those that say, “Well, all you do is pass instruments to the doctor,” I challenge you take a surgical technology course or talk with a surgical technologist. Yes, we do pass instruments but we also learn the true meaning of sterility and how to maintain it, along with many other jobs that those on the outside don’t see. It’s something that we as surgical technologists take very seriously and take pride in.
I am set to start clinicals in July 2017, so all the hard work in the classroom and lab is going to be put to use. This will be the time I learn as much as I can from those around me. I hope to find a specific service that I accelerate in, but at the same time, I want to learn as much I can about all the services, such as ortho, nero, cardiac, etc.
I believe this will only make me a better surgical technologist but will also make me strive to be more valuable to the facility that will employ me in the future. I firmly believe you only get out what you put in, so I plan to apply myself and learn as much as I can, not only as a student but through my entire career, and have as much fun doing this as I can.