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Sophia Tsaousis: From Student to Professional

Whatever major you pursue in the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions, you are prepared to enter a profession and be called a professional.  What does that mean?  Sophia Tsaousis, a junior majoring in Radiologic Technology, has a much deeper understanding of what it means to be a professional after participating in the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) 2012 Student Leadership Development Program.  The leadership program was an integral part of the annual ASRT conference held in Las Vegas this past summer.

Sophia Tsaousis
The ASRT represents more than 144,000 members who perform medical imaging procedures or plan and deliver radiation therapy treatments. The Society also provides radiologic science students with the tools, services and support they need to prepare for careers in medical imaging and radiation therapy.  It was an essay Sophia wrote on the profession that resulted in the opportunity to attend and actively participate in the ASRT conference.  Following the conference Sophia reflected on her experience:

How many times have you been asked, “Why did you choose the radiologic science profession?” For me, that question came up every time I talked to anyone about where I was going to school, what my goals were in life, or even when someone asked me why I am missing from campus for eight hours at a time during the week.  We answer this question more often than we think, so why not write it down for once? That is exactly what I did when applying to the Student Leadership and Development Program during the Annual ASRT Conference. My answer flowed out into an essay just as easily as it did by mouth and I meant every word that earned my acceptance. 

Taking a chance and applying to a program that only accepts 50 or so students nationwide was a chance well worth taking. My experience paved a path for new opportunities and opened doors that I had no idea even existed. I was provided with a background of ASRT on how the society works and who helps to keep the profession expanding.  I also was presented with role moles, such as the 2012 Fellows, to give an example of someday where I might want to be in my career. This program showed me how the profession is not just being a Radiologic Technologist, but it’s about going that extra mile and pushing yourself to make whatever you want in your profession happen.

I met wonderful people that were so willing to help and guide students in any way that they could. Networking at this function was wonderful because there were many positive professionals eager to give support.  I cannot thank ASRT enough for providing students with this resourceful, eye-opening experience and allowing us to be a part of the society from such an early start in our growth in radiologic science.  I strongly encourage participation in this program because we must not forget that as students, WE ARE THE FUTURE.

In general all professionals adhere to a code of ethics.  The 10th entry in the ASRT code of ethics is: The radiologic technologist continually strives to improve knowledge and skills by participating in continuing education and professional activities, sharing knowledge with colleagues and investigating new aspects of professional practice.  Sophia has taken this to heart and has already contacted the Connecticut Society of Radiologic Technologists to become actively involved at the state level.