The success of Santiago Avila Ponce, a Radiography student at Randolph Community College, goes beyond his grade point average, which is excellent at 3.893. It shows up in various ways in the classroom and at clinical sites, according to his instructors. “He is truly an exceptional student,” says one of his instructors, “He is incredibly professional and very poised.” Another instructor described him as “a very gifted student” whose insight was displayed in his critical thinking and writing skills. “His abilities set him apart from the rest of the class.”
Santiago comes from a close-knit family of six. His father, mother, two older sisters and younger brother are very important to him. His family is the reason he strives to be successful. “I’m trying to make sure I’m supportive…giving back to my family,” he said. “My family helped me get here.”
He chose RCC because it was close (he graduated from Southwestern Randolph High School) and “it was the best financial option for me as well.” He chose radiography “because I know that I’m actually helping someone.” He likes the detail of making the radiographic images, checking the markers and making sure he has a quality image. He also enjoys clinical rotations. “It gives you the real life aspect,” he said.