Anna-Marie Beck '14 MOL writes:
I always wanted my masters degree, but just didn't know in what. Everyone I knew had an MBA but for me, that wasn't it. I learned about the MOL program ... and it sounded just like me.
My first class was a challenge. I wasn't sure if it was something I could do; it was not like any other class I had ever taken. The students got to actively participate in class. The seating was more "round table," and the instructors wanted our input and discussion on topics. It wasn't PowerPoints the whole time. The structure was very different and I wasn't as prepared as I thought I was for it. I got home that night and talked to my husband; he encouraged me to give it another night. I'm glad I did.
I love the discussions I've been engaged in through the MOL program. I have had opportunities to see things within myself that I had never seen before. I learned that not only do I find the act of leadership fascinating, I also really enjoyed learning about rhetoric (the art of persuasion). I would truly be a life-long student if I could afford it.
My new position is at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City (campuses in both Missouri and Kansas). l be working with other hospitals, a local community college and eventually, local universities, in order to educate and train new technologists in neurodiagnostic technology. Initially, I will be training new staff at CMH. I will then work to add classes in electroencephalography (EEG) at the community college level. We hope to move towards a bachelor in science degree in neurodiagnostic technology (it could be the second or third such program in the country, depending upon how long it takes), as well as a bachelor of science in allied health at local universities. Both are very real possibilities in the next five years.
I couldn't have completed this program without the love and support of my husband and children. They were wonderful when I had papers to work on, as well as nights when I had class.