Bethany Steiner, a Diagnostic Medical Sonography program graduate, served as the Owens Community College class representative and addressed the graduates during the May 2010 Commencement Ceremony.
Steiner always thought she would end up attending a four-year school to become a social worker. However, within weeks of beginning her studies, she knew it was wrong for her. She began searching for something that felt right.
After a foot injury and a few x-rays, she had a clearer idea and began to research related medical careers. After shadowing a sonographer, she knew she had found the place for her and enrolled at Owens.
"It was the best decision I ever made. It has been nothing but a great experience and I love what I am doing," said Steiner.
Steiner's love for the field has paid off; she graduated with a 4.0 grade point average. According to her professors, she has exceptional clinical skills and is an excellent example of the arduous work completed by all of the students at Owens.
Steiner credits her educational success to her spiritual faith. She is thankful for the support of her family, including her parents, Rich and Patti and her fiancé, Kris. She is also thankful for the quality teaching and extra effort demonstrated by the faculty at Owens, especially Susan Perry.
Steiner's commencement speech addressed her motto that it is better to be an energy giver than an energy taker and the remarkable difference that one person can make in the world through small actions.
"We have shoulders to cry on, arms to embrace, smiles to brighten someone's day, and words and actions that can positively change one life at a time," said Steiner.
After graduation, she plans on obtaining a full-time position in the area and then continuing her education by obtaining a bachelor's degree.
Steiner hopes that one day she can return to Owens to give back by becoming an open lab instructor.