Q&A With Radiologic Technology Senior Laylia Ali
Q: Why did you choose Wayne State?
A: Because it is in the heart of Detroit and known for its diversity and wide range of opportunities. I am proud to have been a WSU Warrior since 2013.
Q: What inspired you to pursue a career as a radiologic technologist?
A: I applied to Wayne State's Radiologic Technology program for the opportunity to work in many clinical settings. It also has allowed me to help all different types of patients so I can always expand my knowledge.
Q: As you’re looking back from your last semester, how have you enjoyed your experience?
A: Coming into the program, I was scared I would not live up to my potential. But with the help of Henry Ford Hospital, all the technologists, our program director and clinical coordinator, I am fully prepared to become a Rad Tech. I have also created a family within Henry Ford Hospital and with my classmates, who made the program so much more memorable. I have enjoyed the program and seeing how much I have grown in almost two years.
Q: Has COVID-19 affected your plans or the way you think about a future in health care?
A: The pandemic has affected my life in ways I could never have imagined. Being a COVID-19 survivor, I know the hardships firsthand. This has just made me want to become a health care worker even more. Relating to these patients and fighting this pandemic makes me so proud to be on the front lines. I would say it made me sure about my future in health care.
Q: Do you have any advice for those following in your footsteps?
A: My advice would be to always ask for help, and this program makes sure you always do. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. The more you ask, the more you know! Don’t feel too overwhelmed, as everything will come with time and experience. And always remember to treat patients with kindness — this is a two-year interview to set you up for success!
Radiologic technologists are health care professionals who administer prescribed radiation to help diagnose medical conditions. They perform procedures such as X-rays, CT scans and MRI exams. The Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Radiologic Technology program was Michigan’s first accredited bachelor’s degree program in the field, with an application deadline of Dec. 15.