How do I know if I’m cut out for Radiology?

HOW CAN I TELL IF I GOT WHAT IT TAKES?

Simply put, because you have an interest in it. All sorts of obstacles stand in the way of any significant goal, and going to school for radiology is no exception. Scan through the following list and see if any of the excuses listed here are reasons that hold you back.

I HATE MATH

Well, so do most people. Most people run from math like they’re on fire. But that’s only because when most people think about math, they recall painful hours of homework and complicated material. These memories are so powerful, they become an automatic block of any ambition built somewhat around math. This needn’t be the case, though. The mathematics involved in radiology is nothing complex. There are no super-advanced equations and nothing that would require an Einstein to handle. If you can subtract, add, multiply and divide, then you do have enough skills in math to succeed at school.

IT’D BE BORING

Well, a little bit. Anything is at times. Sure, some nights you’ll come home and have to face an hour or two of dense reading material, but that happens with any degree. Sometimes, the work is tough; it is important to accept that and plow through. You must plow through because you will get used to the work eventually. Over time, you will get into a habit and routine for studying, and such habits and routines help you focus better. Anytime you are focused and free from distraction, your mind does not wander, and you are able to flow through your tasks with pleasure and energy.

IT TAKES TOO LONG

Not exactly: it only takes about two years. At this point in your life, you probably well recognize how quickly the years go by. Think back two years ago, which probably feels like yesterday, and imagine that you had begun your degree then. You would be a radiologist today. So, if two years ago can feel like yesterday, then two years from now can feel like tomorrow. Buckle down and work hard now, and then you will wake up “tomorrow” with your degree.

In addition, if you get into productive study habits now, then applying the effort to succeed will become a habit as well as we discussed before. Habits make success easier by the gallons, and it is something to take advantage of. In your first few months of class, focus on establishing productive and efficient study habits. Before you know it, two years will be up, and you’ll be well on your way to a career in a field you are passionate about.

I DON’T LIKE SCIENCE

Most people dislike science as they do math. To a lot of people, they are one and the same. So again, discipline and persistence pay off. Get into strong habits. Habits will help you push through the boring, uninteresting portions of your science classes until you get to the fascinating, exciting material. Things will begin to make sense to you if you really stick to your studies; and when things “click” in your brain, you feel very, very good about yourself.

It’s simple then: with the help of habits, tough it through until the material becomes exciting.

I’M NOT SMART ENOUGH

Yes, you are. Having made it to college, and by having an interest in a field such as radiology, you have already proven that you have the intellectual capability to successfully complete a degree in radiology. Sure, some folks are more intelligent than others; some folks simply find things to be a breeze.

However, a person like you should, at the very least, have it in them to work hard and reap the benefits.

Yes, you are smart enough…but that will only show itself to its fullest potential if you apply yourself, and build the strong habits we keep talking about.

IS IT FOR ME?

It bears repeating: any college-level student who is interested in radiology already shows enough potential to succeed and is certainly “cut out” for it. If you have the interest, then you are capable of the job. Therefore, any student with the interest should pursue it; it will have a tremendous pay-off down the road, bringing you fulfillment and success.

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