Appearing in the video, Calli Reynolds '17 said that she is unable to join the military due to medical issues but is humbled knowing others are willing to serve when she can't. "When I say I appreciate veterans and I appreciate their service, it is more than just a thank you."
Christian Vasquez '19 also appears in the video. He said that his grandfather served, so he sees a piece of his grandfather in all veterans and knows they are making a difference, just like his grandfather did during his service.
Santiago, a Posse scholar from Chicago, spent last spring break serving in Belize, helping the Belizean Defense Force guard a base there. She also has mandatory trainings—called drill—one weekend every month.
"I have to switch between a military mentality and everyday life as a college student," Santiago said.
Professor of Sociology Ron Flores calls Santiago "a real asset to the College."
"Her presence here helps students remember that there are men and women out there fighting for our freedoms. She reminds people here of that on a daily basis," Flores said.
After graduation, Santiago plans to pursue a master’s degree in dance movement therapy. Eventually, she hopes to become a dance therapist for soldiers.