By Julio Cordero, RSC Alumni & First-Generation Student From Moore, Oklahoma
I grew up in Moore, Oklahoma and went to Southmoore Highschool. I played soccer all throughout my life and I always aspired to play collegiate soccer, but I was not sure if college was the right path for me. Rose State College gave me the opportunity to continue my soccer career at a collegiate level and further my educational goals by awarding me the Presidents Leadership Scholarship. I was able to experience what college life is like without having to get in debt. Receiving this opportunity really made me aware of the importance of higher education.
Rose State College faculty and staff have only amplified my ambition to achieve my educational goals. Professors will provide the best learning environment for you to succeed. Many professors keep their doors open and encourage students to visit during office hours. Advisors will provide you with the most efficient and effective class schedule so you can either transfer to a university or enter the workforce. I have been able to build bridges and connections with professors and staff that have opened many opportunities for me to achieve my long-term goals.
Staying connected with professors, receiving a scholarship opportunity, and staying close to the metro area were three main things that I valued as a student. Rose State College offered all those options on top of having collegiate sports. In addition, I have been able to find leadership characteristics in myself that have helped me lead in organizations such as the Hispanic Student Association and the student senate body. I chose Rose State College not knowing if college was the right path for me, now I am transferring to a bigger university knowing that this was the right choice. That is why I’m glad I chose Rose State College.