Shreya with the support of her family, moved to New Zealand (NZ) from India only to gain a new family and career; combing her passion for people and science with UCOL’s Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Imaging Technology).
At the tender age of 17, Shreya finished her high school years and moved from the pristine town of Dehradun in India to NZ. Not only leaving behind the beautiful valley and country in which she was raised but her entire family.
After arriving in NZ Shreya obtained a Diploma in Technology (Science) from WINTEC but it was a friend of a friend who introduced her to medical imaging and after an introductory day at the hospital she knew she had to give it a go.
“I have always been interested in Science and I love meeting new people, talking to them and caring for them. I am very empathetic and passionate and thought this course will be perfect. I would like to travel too which I can with this career. Also, there is a lot of room to grow and develop.”
“I chose UCOL because I loved the layout of the programme. We could do our academic and placement in blocks rather than have three days academic and two days placement in a week. This meant that I could stay in one place for longer, be financially more stable and made it easier to find accommodation and part time work.”
While the programme proved to be challenging Shreya say’s the support she received from her tutors, peers and fellow students were not only one of the highlights of studying but helped her get through, in fact she may have left her family behind in India but gained a new family while studying.
“I received four scholarships
in my three years of study which was definitely great. I worked very hard during my course. I was not eligible for any loan or student allowance while I studied so I worked two jobs. The staff recognised the hard work and nominated me for a few scholarships too.”
According to Shreya it was all worth it, having graduated with her degree in March with her mum at her side, Shreya has been working since January 2017 at Wellington Hospital in a career that she loves. She is planning on doing more training in Computerised Tomography (CT) hoping one day to be a sonographer.
Wellington Hospital (Capital & Coast District Health Board) receives funding to improve, promote and protect the health of around 300,000 people in Wellington, Porirua and Kapiti Coast, New Zealand.