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JFEW Scholar Penelope Morales is an inspiration

Posted By Jamie Spence, Thursday, November 16, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, March 13, 2018


Penelope is a Radiologic Technology Scholar at City Tech, and is a five year cancer survivor. Recently, she graciously shared with us what inspired her to enter the medical field:


"Being a cancer survivor has given me a newfound purpose in life, and a part of that is my desire to work in the medical field. I know this is the right career path for me because I have the empathy this job requires. I have been in a similar situation and can personally relate with the patients that I encounter every day. During my treatment, my medical care team left an imprint on my heart, and they have inspired my involvement in the patient and health care field. 

Continuing my career in medicine will allow me to help encourage and support individuals who are trying to find reasons to fight their sickness. Additionally, with further education, I am interested in advancing my career into other diagnostic modalities such as CT, MRI & Mammography.

To those interested in the radiologic technology field I would say, stay focused and motivated and remember why you chose this career. It won’t be easy but, like the saying goes, ‘Nothing worth having comes easy.’”


You inspire us, Penelope!

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JFEW Scholar Elena Sedova shared her story with us

Posted By Jamie Spence, Thursday, November 9, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, March 6, 2018


We asked Elena to give us a summary of what inspired her to become a dental hygienist, and she shared an inspiring story:


"A long time ago, before I emigrated from Russia to America, I volunteered for an organization serving the geriatric community in my hometown of Yekaterinburg, Russia. Through this experience, I met dentists and dental hygienists who served the needs of older adults. At the time, I saw these dental professionals work magic. They were able to, on the spot, make older people healthier, physically and emotionally. In Russia, working with the geriatric community does not bring prestige, or money. It is something people do because they want to help the most unprotected stratum of our society. Seeing this for myself, I realized how wonderful it could be to be able to help geriatric people in the same way. It inspired me. 

A few years ago, due to circumstance, I emigrated from Russia and resettled in the United States. To achieve my goal of becoming a Dental Hygienist in this country, I began intensively studying English. Afterwards, when I enrolled in college, I was placed on the Dean's honor list and earned an award for best overall student. During this time I worked as a Dental Assistant for approximately two years.

Currently, I am a Dental Hygiene student at the New York City College of Technology. The reason I chose to work in a service profession is because I believe success is made up of the smallest details. A successful society is composed of the well-being of each individual. As a Dental Hygienist I know I that am just an individual, but I can help build a healthier society, and do my part to make it better.”


We thank you for sharing your story with us, Elena. We are so proud of you!

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Check out our Scholar, Marlene Teroro

Posted By Jamie Spence, Friday, August 25, 2017
Updated: Monday, January 22, 2018


Marlene, one of our JFEW Scholars studying at New York City College of Technology, is interning at Kings County Hospital as a dental hygienist this summer. Throughout this experience Marlene hopes to gain clinical knowledge and learn to be more comfortable working with patients and co-workers.

The best advice Marlene has received during her internship experience is, "Have your own set of principles that are good for the patient and yourself. There will be different people and scenarios that will come and go; some might be good and some might be bad, but always stick to what you believe in."

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