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Strong Stories: Jennifer Smith

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HometownBrooklet, Ga. Degree Class of 2005
B.S. in Medical Tech. (now Med Lab Science)

Jennifer Smith

Biospecimen Specialist, Nancy N. & JC Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion at St. Joseph's/Candler

What did you love most about Armstrong and why? 
The small class size. It allowed for personal attention from my instructors and created an intimate environment between classmates. I developed life long friendships with my classmates.

How did Armstrong help you succeed in your field? 
The intense coursework and critical thinking that was demanded from us prepared me for the true work environment in which I was entering.

Who was your favorite professor and why? 
Dr. Hassan Aziz, for his example of professionalism and encouragement to be the best we could be. He often reminded us that once we graduated, we would become coworkers in our field of practice and urged us to become the type of coworker we would want to work alongside.

Why did you decide to attend Armstrong? 
It was the closest school that offered my career choice. It allowed me to stay local and close to my family and friends.

What is your favorite memory of your time at Armstrong? 
The days our class would go out to eat at lunch just to get a break from school and enjoy each other’s company.

Did you do any extracurricular activities and/or internships that were particularly memorable? 
Our class raised money and attended the annual Light the Night walk for leukemia and lymphoma at Forsyth Park. As a MLS, we make the diagnosis of blood cancers most times, so it was a meaningful event for us to attend.

What is your best advice to current Armstrong students? 
Take pride in your course work, and become someone that other people will want to work beside and with. I’m taking the best advice I was given and passing it along.

Why are you proud to be an Armstrong alum? 
Armstrong has a great reputation for producing outstanding graduates and to be able to be a part of that reputation is an honor.