Rosa is a social work major and sociology minor who will be graduating early this May with the Class of 2017. She plans on pursuing her master’s degree in social work at the University of Michigan. Rosa greatly believes in the power of art and regards it as a very important part of her life.
Why did you decide to come to Marist?
I decided to come to Marist because of their Social Work program, which allowed me to do two internships with direct practice as part of my coursework. I was also able to work out a plan, which due to previous credits I had taken, allowed me to graduate in three years. Also Marist provides a lot of opportunities to their students in terms of other internships and academic research to be a part of.
What are your plans after graduation?
I am planning on going to the University of Michigan for my Masters in Social Work and will hopefully be able to pursue working for the Peace Corps during my time there.
How would you describe the impact that art has had in your life?
Art’s impact on me is immeasurable, growing up with two artist parents, art has always played an important part of my life fostering my own creativity and creating a positive outlet for personal storytelling. Last summer through the Tarver Fellowship at Marist I was able to work with the Marist Liberty Partnerships Program to develop and implement an art therapy program for high-risk middle schoolers transitioning into high school to teach emotional intelligence, and I have been able to present my work at several conferences.
Do you have any advice for incoming freshmen?
My biggest advice is, make the opportunities you want to have. You can go to the best school there is, but if you stay in your own little bubble you won’t really get that much out of it. College is honestly about taking initiative and deciding what to make of yourself. You want to be proud when you look back at all you’ve done and feel ready to move forward. Good luck and enjoy it because it really goes by fast.
Written by Erin O'Brien '18
Profile Tags:Profile Type: Alumni
Major: Social Work
Academic School: Social and Behavioral Sciences
Campus: New York