For Michelle Tomlinson, coming to Herzing University was kismet.
"I stopped by the Orlando campus on a whim when I was driving home after visiting another college. I remembered that my sister took online classes at Herzing and I decided to check it out," Michelle recalls. "I felt comfortable immediately. It was like talking to someone who was genuinely interested in helping me figure out which school and program was right for me."
Michelle was returning to college to pursue a degree in radiologic technology. She always knew she wanted to work in healthcare " she comes from a family of nurses " but hadn't found the right fit, until Herzing.
It wasn't just about finding a good program at a reputable school. Michelle also wanted a supportive community that would help her achieve her educational goals.
"You have a support system at Herzing once you walk through the door. They really look out for their students," says Michelle. "The faculty are always willing to help, whether you're struggling with a difficult class or having personal issues. They want the best for their students."
The radiologic technology curriculum and overall classroom experience also made a difference for Michelle. In particular, she appreciates the clinicals and the opportunity to learn from technologists who are working in the industry.
"What I value the most is my clinical experience. I'm very hands-on and I like to apply what I'm learning," Michelle says. "The curriculum is very applicable, with industry-specific skills. You learn a lot at a fast pace, but it builds from term to term so you retain what you're learning. It's an excellent way to learn."
With only six months left until graduation, Michelle knows she made the right choice. She has the right skills to find a job in an industry she loves and the motivation to keep learning.
"I want to get my CT and MRI certification, and then earn my bachelor's degree so I can teach. My instructors at Herzing left a big impression on me and I would love to do that for someone else one day," says Michelle.