It is a pleasure to introduce and welcome Nicole Chung to our Casa Loma College family and MRI Team! Nicole is of two new MRI Academic Clinical Coordinators of Education (ACCE) and serves as the critical linchpin between the didactic content and relevant clinical experiences. She will guide our MRI students into externship and be the communication link between the College and clinical facilities and the students and the clinical facilities – and most importantly she ensures that our students receive the optimal learning experiences in their clinical setting.
Take a few minutes and get to know Nicole a little bit better in this insightful question and answer session…
What led you to this career?
I became an MRI Technologist because I wanted to expand my knowledge and ability being a Nuclear Medicine Technologist. I remember going to a Nuclear Medicine convention and sitting in a lecture about a PET/MRI. The moment I realized that multi-modality imaging was a possibility, I wanted to be a part of that.
What’s the biggest misconception people have about your position as an ACCE?
The biggest misconception is that people think that I have not been in the same position or place that the students are right now. I want them to know that I was a student once and I understand what they are experiencing during their externship. I try to share my experiences with them so that they can have the best possible externship.
What’s one professional skill you’re currently working on, and what is your go-to productivity trick?
I am working on my public speaking skills. I have always struggled with speaking to large crowds, but I am starting to expand and become more confident while speaking to large groups. My go-to productivity trick is writing down a list all of my to do items before I go to bed to make sure I have the next day organized.
What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute your success to, and why?
Compassion – I try to relate to everyone that I come in contact at work and in life.
What’s a mistake you made early on in your career, and what did you learn from it?
I overextended myself and took on too much responsibility at one time. After realizing what I was doing, I began to slow down and accomplish one thing at a time.
Who has influenced you most when it comes to how you approach your work?
My mom has influenced me to have good work ethic and to treat people like you would expect to be treated.
And outside of her professional life …
If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?
I would like to go to Japan because I want to explore their culture and food.
What’s your secret talent that no one knows about?
I am very crafty and a big time DIYer.
What advice would you give to your teenage self?
Don’t rush to grow up, enjoy being a teenager.
What would we most likely find you doing on the weekend?
I would be spending time with my family doing activities like cooking classes, going to the beach or taking my kids to the park.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
My guilty pleasure is soda but especially Coca-Cola or Pepsi.
Casa Loma College is very happy to have you – welcome aboard!