Imagine being a full time student with a job, a schedule full of extracurricular activities, and also being one of the main financial providers for your family back home.
That is exactly what graduating senior Rosa Anaíd Cordova has tackled each semester at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
A first generation college student born in Brownsville, she pushes herself to become successful and to make her family proud.
“Seeing that I am doing something with the education my parents pushed for will make them realize that even though they were unable to support me financially, their love and motivation got me through any obstacle that was in front of me,” Cordova said.
In spite of obstacles, like having to learn English through English as Second Language (ESL) classes, Cordova has learned to cope in college classes and is now focused on graduation in May when she earns a B.A. in Criminology and Spanish.
Her mother constantly instills these wise words, “Si te cais, no importa. Levantate, sacudete y sigue adelante. (If you fall, it does not matter. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off and keep moving forward.)”
The Criminology and Spanish double-major hopes to become a U.S Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agent in the future.
“I grew up in a neighborhood where I wanted to stick up for those who could not fend for themselves,” Cordova said.
Cordova has a 3.76 GPA, has been on the Dean’s List, President’s List and was a recipient of the Who’s Who award last semester; she is also in numerous clubs which include the Campus Activity Board, Student Government Association, PepTalk and the Cultivating HIV/AIDS Awareness Management and Prevention (CHAMP) program.
“My organizations have helped me gain the skills that have made me the outstanding leader I am on campus today. Through my leadership roles I’ve gain the confidence that is needed to take on the real world,” said Cordova.
Cordova helps her fellow classmates by working as a Writing Tutor at the Learning Assistance Center (LAC) in the Jernigan Library.
With the money she earns, Cordova pays for her necessities and sends the rest of the money to her family when they are in need of it.
“Rosa is a hardworking woman who comes from a background where education is not seen as valued, so she works to better herself and her family,” said Cynthia Prado, friend of 3 years.