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Former Lone Star College-North Harris student credits professor’s advice as stepping stone to educational goal

Former Lone Star College-North Harris student Sopaul Seng, has recently been accepted into the medical dosimetry program at the UT MD Anderson Allied School of Health Sciences. Medical dosimetry involves the measurement and calculation of radiation doses used in the treatment of cancer patients.

Seng graduated from LSC-North Harris in the fall of 2013, with an associate degree in science. After getting some solid advice from a professor about medical dosimetry, Seng knew it was something that he wanted to pursue.

“My anatomy and physiology professor, Susan Allen, was actually the one who told me about the dosimetry program,” said Seng. “Her help and guidance while I was at LSC-North Harris has been invaluable. Whether it was concerning academic or personal issues I was dealing with, she was there to lend advice, guidance, and support in my endeavors.”

“Sopaul often mentioned that he knew he wanted to work in health care and to make a difference in peoples’ lives, but he just wasn’t sure which career field was best for him,” said Allen. “He is highly intelligent, a self-starter and a very quick learner who loves math, chemistry, physics, and biology. He is precise in everything he does and he never overlooks a detail. I knew that these are the characteristics required for a career in medical dosimetry.”

After getting the encouragement from professor Allen to attend a program on campus from University of Texas MD Anderson School of Health Professions to learn about the different academic programs available, Seng was so impressed that he decided to attend an open house at the university. After visiting the campus and touring the labs, he knew that medical dosimetry was the career field that best suited his personality and his academic abilities.

“As with most people going into something dealing with the medical field, I wanted to make a difference and help people,” said Seng. “I was originally planning to go a pre-med route, but after careful consideration I decided it would not be for me. I just didn't have the personality disposition needed to become a doctor.”

He decided medical dosimetry was a better fit for him.

“It’s more of a behind-the-scenes profession dealing with math, physics, and anatomy, which I prefer. Since I'm the type of person to shy away from being the center of attention, and I'm very good in math and sciences, the profession just seemed to suit me.”

The medical dosimetry program at UT MD Anderson Allied School of Health Sciences is very competitive, and admits a only a small, select group to its program every year. The application process incudes a review of academic records, letters of recommendation, math testing, and a panel interview process with administrators and faculty of the program. Students will complete the two-year program and earn their Bachelor of science degree.

“I very proud of Sopaul, and so happy to know that he has found the perfect career for his education goals and his personality,” added Allen. “He is the ideal person for this field because he is not only very intelligent, but also dedicated to learning and helping people, and determined to achieve his goals.”

Seng has his sights set on finishing this program, getting his bachelor’s degree, and becoming a certified medical dosimetrist.

Lone Star College-North Harris is located at 2700 W.W. Thorne Drive, one-half mile south of FM 1960 East, between Aldine-Westfield and Hardy Roads. For more information about the college, call 281.618.5400 or visit LoneStar.edu/NorthHarris.

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