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Addy Petetan-Benitez, a first-generation student and senior in the Division of Radiologic Science, is passionate about helping others and is taking advantage of her education to do so.

“I think radiologic science is very important to the health care system,” Petetan-Benitez said. “People think it’s just a matter of pushing a button and that’s it, but it takes so much more than that for us to get a good quality image.”

Petetan-Benitez explained how radiologic science is like a domino effect in the health care system because a radiologist needs advanced imagery to diagnose a patient properly.

“I feel really proud, and I like to put pride into the work I put out,” Petetan-Benitez said. “Knowing that I am part of that process to help the patient get better and get a good diagnostic reading is a very good feeling for me.”

Petetan-Benitez said she is grateful for the scholarship support she has received during her undergraduate career. She is the 2018-2019 recipient of the Drs. Jerome Puryear and Latonya Brown-Puryear Endowed Scholarship in Radiologic Science.

“It’s an amazing feeling to know that people are there to support us,” Petetan-Benetiz said. “People are there cheering us on and wanting us to further our education.”

The division is housed in the Department of Allied Health Sciences.