Experimenting and Discovering a Career in Lab Sciences

December 01 2017
Category: Academics

This week’s #SoaringToSuccess features biochemistry major, Paula Cook ’18. This fall term, Paula was busy interning at the laboratory department at the nearby Arnot Ogden Medical Center. Her experience continues to fuel her passion for lab sciences and a career in medical technology.

Let’s grab our lab coats and learn more from Paula…

Paul Cook '18

During my time at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center, I learned a great deal about how processes in the laboratory are more easily accomplished through machinery, as well as how important it is to ensure quality with any procedure.

I had the opportunity to work with many experienced medical technologists who showed me how they performed tests in hematology, blood bank, instrumental chemistry, and pathology sections. It was so interesting to be able to connect what I have learned at Elmira College to real laboratory situations.

I came into this internship knowing I wanted to work in the laboratory setting, but the experiences I have had only furthered that passion. The staff at Arnot Odgen informed me that I should look into a one-year medical technologist program after I graduate. In order to do so, I needed to add the clinical laboratory science major at Elmira College. Adding the new major my senior year has not been easy, but getting my letter of acceptance from Robert Packer Hospital to the Medical Laboratory Technologist made everything so worthwhile.

Graduating this year was a bit terrifying because I was unsure of what was next, but not anymore. If it were not for my internship, I would not have applied to the medical technologist program. This program ensures that I have the certification I need to do what I want. My internship at Arnot Odgen and the great staff there led me in the right direction to succeed.
Learn more about Paula and her recent presentation at the 20th Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).