Hometown: Oba-Isin, Kwara State, Nigeria
Proud Member of AASU Class of: 2012
Major: Radiological Sciences
When Helen Ajide grew up in Nigeria, her grandmother always impressed upon her the importance of getting an education.
Helen took that advice to heart and is now a senior radiological sciences major at Armstrong.
This hard-working international student recently received financial support from the Armstrong Commitment Fund Aid –which is funded by Armstrong faculty and staff as well as outside donors–to complete her education when her financial aid ran out. The fund, which is designed to help students with a demonstrated financial need, made it possible for this dedicated student to finish her final semester at Armstrong.
“I’m so grateful for this support,” she said. “It has made all the difference, enabling me to complete my degree at Armstrong.”
In addition to taking classes, Helen gets hands-on clinical experience at Memorial Health University Medical Center, St. Joseph Hospital, Candler Hospital and South Coast Imaging Center. She enjoys the opportunity to conduct X-rays, CAT scans, barium fluoroscopy studies and C-Arm studies.
“My clinical experience has been amazing,” she said. “I love working with patients and I love the operating room. The whole experience has been really eye-opening.”
Helen is a representative with the International Students Organization, former assistant chair for Armstrong’s Campus Union Board, a member of the Lambda Nu honor society for radiological science and a member of the
African Caribbean Student Organization. She received a scholarship from the Georgia Radiological Society and works part-time for the university’s IT Services office. In her spare time, she volunteers with the St. Mary’s
Community Center, United Way, Hands On Savannah and the Rape Crisis Center. She also enjoys salsa dancing, kickboxing, Zumba and running.
Helen’s fascination with radiology grew out of her growing interest in serving others and in using technology to help diagnose medical problems.
“Radiology is like an inner eye to see inside people’s bodies,” she said. “I love the O.R. and I love surgery. I’ve seen the way it can transform lives. I’m passionate about helping others. Armstrong is definitely helping me achieve my goals.”