1.What other paths did you consider before choosing Parker?

After working as a paralegal for about 5 years, my law firm closed its doors. I was looking for another job as a paralegal, however I did not find a firm that gave me opportunities to grow and exercise my skills and experience. I decided to go back to school in the healthcare field, since my experience was mostly in pharmaceutical and medical device liability. Originally, I was looking at PA school and possibly nursing, but was not thrilled with the length and cost of those programs at other schools. I turned to Parker University for their variety in healthcare concentrations and program start availability.

2.What makes Parker the right fit for you?

Parker was the right fit for me mainly out of convenience. It was close to where I lived, had the program I was interested in, and allowed me to get started quickly in that discipline.

3.How has the Parker community supported you in your higher education pursuits?

Parker supported me in my career change through education and experience. I already had a B.A. in an unrelated field and knew that my Associates in Science was required to get the job I wanted. The instructors were very helpful with real-world application of my new degree and opportunities to use my education and skills at work.

4.What is your favorite thing about being a Parker student?

My favorite thing about being a Parker student was getting another chance to be back in a classroom setting with peers that were working toward a common goal. As a nontraditional student, it was nice to be in a class with others having diverse backgrounds and being in different stages of life and career pursuits. All in all, your class becomes more of a friend group or family that works together to get everyone through the challenging times, both in and out of school, as well as have fun learning something new together. Having come from a large state university where everyone seemed in competition with and even sometimes against one another, peer support amongst my classmates at Parker was something I was not used to.

5.What is the most challenging aspect of being a Parker student?

The most challenging aspect of being a Parker student was learning how to study again. Most of my previous schooling was more literature and history focused, so now having switched to a technical healthcare field, I came to realize my newfound study strategies were not the same as before. I had to relearn how to study correctly to not only memorize the new information, but to practically apply it in the proper setting.

6.What has been your favorite class at Parker? Why?

My favorite class at Parker was Radiographic Positioning. The hands-on approach to this class made it interesting and fun. Learning the correct positioning of patients for x-ray and then trying it out, with the instructors critique, really helped prepare me for my clinical rotations and then employment after graduation. I felt like this class was the most helpful and practical educational aspect of the program. I still use the tips and tricks the teachers showed me at my new job today.

7.Where will your Parker degree take you after graduation?

After graduation I was able to sit for the ARRT registry and pass on my first attempt. I also received my General Medical Radiologic Technologist license and first job offer relatively quickly thereafter. I was fortunate enough to reconnect with techs I worked alongside during my clinical rotations and secured a job with one of the same companies and sites that I had previously rotated at.

8.What is your favorite on-campus activity?

Before the pandemic, around holidays food would sometimes be catered in for the students and it was always fun to sit and share a meal together, especially when the instructors joined in. The stories they would tell about their experiences working as a tech was intriguing, funny, and always eye-opening. I greatly enjoyed the time spent chatting about work and future job prospects; really learning from their experience and how they sometimes would have done things differently or recommending I do something similar to them.

9.What is your favorite thing to do off-campus in the Dallas area?

Before the pandemic, I greatly enjoyed seeing my friends for drinks and dinner. Sometimes we would spend a late evening down on the strip at Cedar Springs and catch up. I also really enjoy spending time around the White Rock Lake area; there is always something interesting to see out in the parks there, and the scenery is always enjoyable.

10.What is the one thing you want everyone reading this to know about Parker University?

Parker is a great place for the unconventional student who knows that a degree in the healthcare industry will lead them to the job they want. Parker may not be for everyone, but it is certainly a great place for the dedicated, diligent, and determined.