Williamsport – Pennsylvania College of Technology radiography student Jalen S. Seyler is one of two students from the state to be selected for the American Society of Radiologic Technologists’ Student Leadership Development Program.
Seyler, of Jersey Shore, is pursuing an associate’s degree in radiography and a bachelor’s degree in applied health studies. His tenure in the Student Leadership Development Program began January 1 and continues through December 31, 2024.
“I applied for the program because I’m not one to get into those types of roles or activities,” she said. “I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and see how I did. I hope to learn leadership skills through this program. I also hope it will help me gain confidence and become a technologist in more comprehensive radiology when I graduate.”
Each year, the competitive program accepts two students from each state. Participants undergo leadership training and attend the annual ASRT Governance and House of Delegates meeting, where they represent their school and state while networking with medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals. This year’s meeting is scheduled for Orlando, Florida in June.
“I hope to connect with others in the field and meet more people like me who I could have lifelong connections with,” Seyler said.
Seyler will continue to represent Pennsylvania as a member of the Student Leadership Development Program throughout his three-year term.
“It’s an amazing opportunity that not everyone has, and I’m really grateful for that,” she said.
Seyler said she loves the field of radiography, the beauty and intricacy of imaging (an art and a science, she said), the connection she makes with patients during clinical experiences, to the knowledge that it helps in the diagnostic process. .
“I also love the practical skills and critical thinking that come with the field,” she said. “Not every patient’s body or anatomy is the same, so you really have to think critically when someone can’t move the same way as others. You also have to be creative with how you sometimes position the patient and the x-ray tube.”