Student Stories: Yesenia Alegria

Yesenia Alegria

Major: Nuclear Medicine/CT

Yesenia Alegria was always interested in health care but was unsure of what route to take.

Then she attended an advising session at College of DuPage and applied to the Nuclear Medicine program, where she immediately found a supportive environment.

“I was amazed at how dedicated the instructors are to help you learn and succeed,” she said. “The environment is always welcoming and instructors are constantly interacting with students. The class sizes also make a huge difference, making it easier for students to interact with their classmates and instructors. I was extremely fortunate to have VA benefits to cover my tuition so that I could solely focus on the Nuclear Medicine program and not worry about the financial costs.”

After graduating from the program, Alegria was offered a full-time position as a nuclear medicine technologist at Rush University Medical Center. After one year of working as a technologist, she decided to apply for COD's CT program while continuing to work full time.

“It was a very rigorous program since you have to fulfill a certain amount of clinical hours per semester. It was hard but not impossible.”

Now with both credentials, Alegria recommends COD to any students. She advises them to work hard for their goals and never give up.

“Anything is possible if you set your heart and soul to what you desire. The question is, are you willing to do the time and work for it?” she said. “It is always good to remember that every journey starts with one step at a time, and advising sessions are critical for every student to decide whether the program fits their educational needs.

“I wish each and every student the best of luck. I am very grateful for programs like these that open doors of opportunity for individuals who wish to achieve an education.”