Circle of Vision Alumni 2011
Past Alumni: 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011
A first generation college graduate, Megan appreciates that her parents stressed the importance of education to her at a young age. “I really feel like everybody has to go to college now,” she says. “The job market is so competitive. Higher education is a requirement for a good job.”
Megan’s father was laid off in her sophomore year of college. Scholarships helped her to bridge this financial crisis. She is grateful for the financial assistance that she received because it allowed her to graduate without much debt. In fact, she paid off her student loans within six months of graduating.
Megan graduated from the University of Charleston (UC) in 2011 with a degree in radiologic science. She feels fortunate to have found employment almost immediately as a sonographer at Thomas Memorial Hospital in Charleston.
At UC, Megan studied both x-ray and ultrasound technology, which she says helped to make her more marketable. She was the first in her graduating class to find employment.
The college experience prepared Megan well for her current job. UC emphasizes liberal arts learning, focusing on outcomes like communication and citizenship. In addition, the radiologic science program includes three years of clinical learning. Megan found the experiential learning particularly helpful. “Our clinicals helped me learn so much in terms of patient care,” she says. “Patient care and dealing with people is one of the hardest things to learn, but I definitely learned that during my four years of college. I’m a shy person but I’ve come out of my shell so much.”
The education that Jeremy received at Wheeling Jesuit University was instrumental in helping him to secure a great job right after he graduated in 2009. Jeremy is a web engineer at Orrick, a global law firm with offices in Wheeling, West Virginia.
“My education did more than prepare me for the programming work I do now,” he says. “A lot of places teach programming languages but it’s like you are a robot. At Wheeling Jesuit, it was a well rounded education. We not only learned how to code, we learned why we code the way we do, which is important for when you want to step out on your own.”
Jeremy also credits an internship at Orrick and Wheeling Jesuit’s stellar reputation for giving him an edge in the job market. He points out that his boss has been impressed enough with Wheeling Jesuit graduates to hire four other alumni.
Hard work has clearly been part of the equation for Jeremy. In college, he enjoyed himself but always made sure he had his schoolwork done before going out with friends. “Organization and balance is key,” says Jeremy. “I had a set path for myself. I wanted to ensure that I had a job right after college, and I did whatever I could to make sure I kept on the path that I set for myself.”
Jeremy is pleased with his job and that fact that he has had the opportunity to work in both systems and web engineering. He plans to continue to learn about different technologies and to work towards new certifications.
“I’m the type of person that can’t stay at the same level. I keep challenging myself. I like to keep learning more and getting more experience,” he says. “I don’t plan on stopping here. I plan on doing everything I can to pursue bigger dreams.”