Mission College '11
San Jose State '13
Major: Business Administration and Marketing
Arizona Summit Law School '15
Embry-Riddle University Masters: Global Security and Intelligence Studies
“I acquired valuable knowledge about building international relations just by being a student worker in the International Student Center at Mission College, and today, I find international relations to be a passion for my future career.”
Rosa Sosa clearly remembers her first day at the student orientation at Mission College in the fall of 2006. She was an “excited, nervous, yet eager to learn 17-year-old, fresh out of high school from Mexico, holding an F1 visa to study in the United States.” With the support of the patient staff and instructors, Rosa became well-adjusted to the American educational system and culture and transitioned from the Institute for International Studies (IIS) to the credit program in just one semester.
While taking ESL, Marketing, and Business classes at Mission, Rosa started working at the IIS Office as a Student Assistant, and for the next 4 years she was an integral member of the IIS staff helping international students navigate their college life. One of the highlights was assisting a group of Danish students who were on a one-semester study abroad program. Rosa acted as a student ambassador and helped coordinate housing and social activities for them. These experiences and friendships ignited her passion to pursue international relations.
Rosa received her Associate degree from Mission College and Bachelor’s degree from San Jose State University in Business Administration and Marketing. In addition, she received her law degree from Arizona Summit Law School. She is currently working on her Master’s to become an FBI agent in the near future.
Her advice to new international students is “follow the rules, go to class, respect professors, visit your advisor and counselor, and get involved.” Rosa explains, “You must get out of your comfort zone if you really want to feel accepted in the California community. I recommend you join student clubs, become friends with local students, and don't be scared of what others will think about you. In my case, 90% of the time, they were more interested in learning about me because my life was much more interesting, so give it a try!”
Rosa’s outstanding achievements show us that hard work, determination, networking, and initiative all pay off. In addition, her confidence, intelligence, leadership and strength of character have kept her on track in pursuit of her academic and career goals. Rosa is a star shining a bright path for all International students to follow her fine example.