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York College helps Radiography major break out of her shell

Olivia Hare, radiography student
Olivia Hare '21, radiography major

Olivia Hare considered herself super shy and disciplined in high school.

“So much so that I forgot to figure out who I really was,” she says.

When she came to York College of Pennsylvania in 2017, she knew she needed to open up.

“I said to myself, ‘If I want to make it in healthcare, I need to be better about socializing with people.’”

Learning from friends

It wasn’t easy.

She found her freshman year roommate during Accepted Student Day. Olivia remembers being nervous about asking her to room together until Olivia’s mother said, “maybe she’s feeling the same way you are.”

Sure enough, her mom was right, and they ended up living together in Beard Hall. It was one of the best things to happen for Olivia.

“There were six or seven other girls on that floor, and we just became a family,” Olivia says. “They were more outgoing and social, so I learned from them.”

Discovering radiography

Olivia wanted to work in radiography since she first discovered it in high school.

During her junior year, she interned at the University of Maryland Medical Center, where she visited different units and had the opportunity to talk with medical staff.

While in the radiography department, she sat down with radiologists who showed her several scans and how to read them. After the week was over, she knew what she wanted to do for her career.

“It was so cool to work with technology, and there’s biology and anatomy involved, which I really loved,” Olivia says. “You need radiography to be able to do surgeries or create health plans. It’s so important and I wanted to be a part of that.”

Out of her shell

Today, Olivia says the high school version of herself might not recognize the present-day Olivia.

“I think she’d be pretty proud,” she says. “Being here for two years helped me get out of my shell.”

This past February, a confident Olivia sat in front of four members of WellSpan Health’s radiography department, interviewing for a position in the program. The women had a packet of questions that they fired off at her.

Located at WellSpan’s Apple Hill location, WellSpan’s radiography program would span Olivia’s next two years in college, allowing her to get the hands-on experience necessary to set her up for success after graduation.

She was nervous – it was only her second job interview ever – but she knew the interview meant everything.

‘What I wanted to do’

About a week after, she got the call. She’d been accepted into the program and will start working at the facility when she returns to school in August.

“I just couldn’t believe it,” Olivia says. “I was so excited. This is something I’ve wanted to do since high school.”

With a boost in her self-esteem and two years of preparation, Olivia is ready for the challenge of being part of WellSpan’s program.

“I’m a little nervous, but I’m excited,” Olivia says. “If I can learn from them and allow them to teach me, then I can go forward and do even more. This is what I wanted to do.”

Learn more about the York College radiography program.