By Troy Wilde
August 17, 2016
Tempe, AZ – Jesus Rios is hoping to use his education to work in the manufacturing sector, and may ultimately work and live where it all began for this 22-year-old Arizona State University student – in Mazatlan, Mexico.
Jesus explains, “I was born in Mazatlan and also spent a few years of my childhood living there. I’m hoping that after I graduate from ASU, I can get a job in manufacturing, and that it maybe leads back to Mexico.”
Jesus adds that his goal, either in the U.S. or Mexico, is to work in a sector of industry that is mostly Spanish language, “I really don’t like to spend a lot of time in an office space – so, a manufacturing company would give me a lot of options to go outside and learn about the products being made, while still interacting with people who are fluent in Spanish.
Jesus graduated from Carl Hayden Community High School, and attended Phoenix College, before transferring to Arizona State University. He’s currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Communication.
Jesus says college has been a learning and growing experience, “When I graduated from high school I didn’t know what was going on, and I entered college being pretty naïve. At first, I didn’t know which classes to take or that I had to choose my own career path, but after a few months I caught on. College has also helped me to become independent and make my own choices.”
Jesus is among the many hard-working students who have earned a scholarship through College Success Arizona, which pays up to six-thousand dollars per year for educational expenses. It also provides the students with specialized mentoring services. Essentially, “Success Advisers,” or mentors, help guide the students through academic, and at times, personal challenges.
Jesus says his success adviser, Barbra Scrivner, is helping to keep him motivated, “Barbra has helped to keep me focused on what the main goal is, which is to graduate. Every time I meet with her we make goals and plans that I have to complete by the next time we meet. This is helping me a lot to stay focused in school.”
Meanwhile, the financial aspect of the scholarship has helped Jesus avoid student debt, “It has helped me tremendously, since I didn’t get any other scholarships. This scholarship and some financial aid from the government is how I’ve paid for college. As of right now, it looks like I’m going to graduate and not have any debt.”
Jesus adds that his parents were influential in his path to college, “My parents encouraged me to go to college and fixed it in my mind that there was no other step – that there was no other option than continuing my education.”
Jesus has some advice for middle and high school students considering college:
“Seek out the information about college and scholarships. Also, get more involved in your community and the clubs in high school that can help you learn leadership skills, which will be valuable once you get to college.”