My sister’s fiancé has three cousins who are all Texas State graduates. He thought I would love the campus and the town. After his cousins took me on a tour, I knew Texas State would be the perfect place for me.
I choose Texas State over my acceptances at both UT and Texas A&M. I knew I would be going into the medical field and I felt that the size of Texas State would bring me more opportunities. I would not be just a number to my professors.
My grandmother was diagnosed with cancer when I was in junior high school. I want the opportunity to pay back all those medical professionals who gave my grandmother the motivation to fight her battle. By going into radiation therapy, I have the chance to be that support for many frightened people battling various cancers.
I hope to continue my education and go to medical school to become a radiological oncologist.
Every single class in my program is relevant to my career ahead. The lectures provide me with the inside details on how the body works, how cancer spreads and endless information regarding radiation. All radiation therapy students are required to attend clinical rotations several days a week to get hands-on experience with patients and other radiation therapists. You really get to see how the patients react to treatment, the entire process of treatment and the emotional toll it can have on patients. Our program also rotates you through small clinics as well as major hospitals allowing you to gain experience on a variety of different type of linear accelerators and get exposure to multiple techniques used in the field. It helps us learn to adapt to any environment and be able to adjust to new innovations in our field.
Dora Lopez, our clinical coordinator, is amazing at placing us in clinics that will benefit us later. She provides us with endless knowledge that has helped me throughout my clinical rotations. Ronnie Lozano, the chair of the Radiation Therapy Program, is willing to do whatever it takes to see us succeed. All of the professors who work with us are vital to our future careers in the field of radiology.
In order to meet requirements for admission into the Radiation Therapy Program, you have to take PT 3400 Human Structure and Function. This was probably the hardest class I have ever taken in my college career. It was also 100 percent the most interesting class and I will use the knowledge I gained years beyond years ahead. Learning how the body works by looking at a real human body may seem scary, but honestly it is so helpful in understanding the material fully.
I have met so many amazing people who have helped me grow not only as an individual but in my understanding of what is to come in the field of oncology. I also was able to make numerous contacts that have helped me when looking for jobs after graduation.
Texas State is by far one of the most beautiful campuses in Texas. Our school spirit is great, and with our new stadium it will only continue to grow. The river running directly through campus gives you the laid back vibe of the student body.
Take every opportunity to meet people who will help you in the long run. Your college career is a period of learning not only material for your major but about who you are. Any chance you get to try something new, become a part of a group or club, or do something out of your zone, I encourage you to do it!
Do it! Best decision you’ll ever make!