Alumni Spotlight: Sasha Ramirez-Acosta

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Ever since I was a little girl, I dreamed of going to college and someday having the title of “Doctor” in front of my name.  My dream motivated me to work hard, and I graduated high school with a perfect 4.0.  IRCC rewarded my hard work by offering me the IRCC Academic Scholarship, which provided me with two years of full tuition.  When I attended New Student Orientation, I learned about the Work-Study program, and I quickly turned in an application.  I received a phone call from the Financial Aid Office several days later inviting me to interview for a position in their department, and I was hired on the spot.  My first day as a college student, was also my first day at my first job. 

My first two years at IRCC were an amazing experience.  I had the privilege of being inducted into Phi Theta Kappa and completed my degree with highest honors.  As I prepared to graduate and transfer, IRCC transitioned into a state college, and I was fortunate to be able to continue my education at IRSC. 

The IRSC Foundation generously awarded me the George P. Stanich scholarship, and gave me the opportunity to pursue a degree in Organizational Management.  My favorite part about the Organizational Management program was the incredible faculty.  My professors took the time to mentor me, and always challenged me to try new things.  With their support, I joined IRSC’s chapter of Collegiate DECA which gave me the opportunity to use the skills I was learning in the classroom to gain real life experience.  I had the opportunity of representing IRSC at the state competition, where I earned the opportunity to represent IRSC at the national competition in California.  I was very nervous about traveling to California, because I had never spent the night away from home! I will always cherish the memories and friendships I made during this trip. During my senior year at IRSC, I became the DECA Chapter President, where I mentored other business students.  I am proud to say I graduated as part of IRSC’s 1st Baccalaureate Class with highest honors. 

After graduating with my Baccalaureate degree, I was promoted to a full-time Financial Aid Advisor position at IRSC.  I have been in my current position for the past five years, and am now in charge of coordinating state programs and institutional scholarships.  I love my job because it gives me the opportunity to help deserving students achieve their dreams of attending college.  I have developed great relationships with my coworkers, and with their support, I was named as the IRSC Staff Employee of the Month for March 2015. 

The educational foundation I received at IRSC has helped me in many ways.  I have continued my education, and recently graduated with my Master’s Degree in Family Studies, and will start my Doctoral degree in September.  I am so thankful for IRSC and the impact it has had on my life.  I have not only received a quality education at IRSC, but I have been blessed with an amazing career, and wonderful friendships that will last me a lifetime.  I will never be able to repay what IRSC has done for me, but I hope to pay it forward each time I work with one of my students.