Alexander I. Mendoza RMT, MLS (ASCPi) CM
BS Medical Laboratory Science, 2016
Lead Medical Technologist, Ochsner Louisiana State University Health Shreveport, USA
An imperfect person would always rely on fortunes for every decision to make. But deciding to be a Lycean was not just a part of my lucky streak, it was the best risk I have taken. Though it may seem cliché but being an aspiring Medical Technologist (MedTech) was never easy. Trust me, nothing should be compromised.
The journey I took was not the same as the path of an ordinary Medical Laboratory Science student. I have learned to juggle and toss the academic and the “outside the four corners” requirements. Looking back on how I progressed, I always saw myself armed with coffee and energy drinks just to keep me awake for the exams and laboratory manuals due. I was always ready for more challenges as my competitive streak kept me on my toes.
It might seem that I have endured my share of sacrifices in choosing my program, but these are the real stepping-stones and a bite of reality. After leaving the Philippines, I have adjusted to real life. I was a huge risk taker for having my first job outside my home court. I was the only Filipino MedTech in the laboratory and I was insecure and frightened then because some of my co-workers might be more experienced or skilled. The things that I was holding on to were just my past experiences and a pinch of confidence. Until such time that I realized that I have redeemed myself and was able to work more than what they think I could. Humbly speaking at present, my company is sponsoring H-1B US Visas for Filipino MedTechs because of their relatively pleasant experience with me. To ace, my job would be the best way to return the favor to my alma mater. More so let me take this opportunity to thank everyone behind this “Xander” that I am today. Should anyone of you wants to give up, think of the reasons why you started in the first place. Wing it! #ButiNaLangNagLyceumAko