Merced College's October Student of the Month is known for "setting the bar higher than what her classmates would like," but because Monica Robles also helps her fellow radiology technology students with their studies, "they give her a pass."
That, according to her professor Judy Rose, is only one of many reasons she nominated Robles for the honor.
"Her classmates know she is the 'go-to' person when they have questions," Rose said. "They have placed their full faith and trust in her by electing her to be their class treasurer."
Robles, a Modesto resident, has maintained a 4.0 grade point average since enrolling in the radiology technology program in fall 2009. She earned her associate of science degree in Diagnostic Radiologic Technology in June and is completing a certificate of completion that will make her eligible to take the national registry exam at the end of the year.
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"I'm trying to keep my focus on the present and take one step at a time," Robles said. "But one of my main goals is to complete the radiography program and become a certified, registered radiologic technologist."
Robles has worked as a lead imaging clerk at Sutter Gould Medical Foundation in Modesto for the past seven years, which is where she says she discovered an interest in becoming a radiologic technologist.
"I chose Merced College's radiography program because of the wonderful things that I had heard about the program from past and current students who rotated through Sutter Gould," she said.
Rose says that Robles has outstanding organizational and communication skills, and is dependent and self-motivated. "I know she will be an asset to our profession," she said.
Robles, who also earned a Business degree from Modesto Jr. College, is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She volunteers for the March of Dimes and is involved in her church's youth group.
"I intend to put my training to work in providing the best imaging services for my patients," she said. "I see myself moving into a leadership type of position in a radiology department."--Sun-Star staff