Gregoria: EAC Alum & BFIT Health IT Major

Gregoria Ruiz

What high school did you attend?

I went to Boston Community Leadership Academy (BCLA).

What motivated you to enroll in the EAC program?

I enrolled in the EAC program because, for me, I wanted to be more prepared.  It presented an opportunity to get ahead. Also, I saved money since the courses were completely free, and that was awesome!

What motivated you to pursue a career in IT?

While I was a senior in high school, I took two college Psychology courses here at Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (BFIT) through the Early Access to College (EAC) program. Then, I attended a large university in Boston where I majored in global business and information systems, and had two internships working with computers. But it was huge and I felt alone in the midst of all the students. So, I decided to transfer to BFIT.

"EAC was an opportunity to get ahead.
Also, I saved money since the courses were completely free!"

Did your credits transfer here?

Yes, all of my courses transferred, and I earned two years of college credit as a result. Here, at BFIT, I began as a junior, which saved me time. The admissions team helped me a lot with the whole transfer process.

What is your major and what year will you be graduating?

Currently, I am a senior in the Health IT program and will be graduating in May of 2016.

What was it about BFIT that impressed you?

I felt comfortable at BFIT since I had already taken some courses. For me, it’s the size of the school. Suffolk was a great school, but too large for me. Here, it’s a small school. You know everyone. You know the faculty and staff. It’s also more hands-on. Also, BFIT is very job focused.  I have worked here at the bookstore and at the library, which gave me some hands-on work experience and the opportunity to earn some extra money while I am in school.

 "For me, it's the size of the school. You know the faculty and staff.
It's also more hands-on. Also, BFIT is very job focused"

What attracted you to the Health IT field?

I knew I wanted a bachelor’s degree to gain a competitive edge. Health IT combines the love of working with people with technology. I never wanted to be a hard core computer tech. I wanted to interact with people so it was the best of both worlds.

What do you think about the program?

Professors are really nice. I’m excited about my senior year because it’s very hands-on, and you learn so much about the field. I’ve gained a lot of skills that will help me get a job in a hospital. That’s my goal – to work in a hospital. We are the second graduating class so it’s exciting.

Why do you want to work at a hospital?

At a hospital, you are helping people directly. My aunts are teachers and have always helped kids, which left a strong impression on me. So, this field is a good combination of people and technology. In a hospital, the need for help and technology is so much greater, so I can make a bigger difference in people's lives.

 "Be strong and have that drive.
You have to put in the effort and things will happen."

Will you be the first in your family to graduate from college?

Yes, which makes me and my family very proud.

Are you happy you made your decision?

I was nervous because it was such a big change, but yes, absolutely.

What do you say to girls who are considering a college education in technology?

I think once you show women the spectrum of technology and how it’s universal, they will find it appealing. My advice is to do it for yourself. Be strong and have that drive. You have to put in the effort and things will happen.

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