Meet our Team – Violeta Ramos
This is the 12th in the series of interviews with people working to increase the attainment rate in Arizona.
Continuing with this feature, and throughout the rest of this year, we’ll be taking a closer look at the College Success Arizona team, the people that make all that we do happen. We’ll be asking the normal “tell us a little about yourself” questions, but also delving a little deeper into each team member’s personality, and what makes them who they are.
This month’s subject is Violeta Ramos, Success Adviser, at College Success Arizona.
What is your role at College Success Arizona?
I am part of the team of Success Advisers. I work with students in Northern Arizona and in the valley to help them succeed in college.
How did you come to be associated with College Success Arizona?
I had been working for an after-school music academy and really missed that one on one interaction with students. One of the current Success Advisers who I had previously worked with sent me the job description and I decided to apply for it.
Basic stats (hometown, family, etc.):
I was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ. I am married and we have two crazy schnauzers.
What was your First job?
I was a student assistant at the Science and Engineering library at the University of Arizona. Our office was in the basement of the library which was a bit scary at times.
What is your career history?
I always knew I enjoyed helping others. When I graduated from college, I worked for a community center in the West Valley. There I was in charge of empowering community residents to make their neighborhood a better place to live and to connect them to City of Phoenix officials. After that I worked with high school students preparing them for college and that is when I realized how important it was to me to support students to attain a college degree.
What are your hobbies/favorite pastime?
I really enjoy traveling, reading, and trying out new restaurants!
What is the best thing about working with students (or your job)?
The best part is knowing that years ago, I was just like them and now I can support them the way the mentors and advisers in my life supported me.
Why do you feel increasing Arizona’s College Attainment Rate is so important?
Growing up my parents always told me that an education is something that no one can take away from you. By increasing Arizona’s college attainment rate not only does that person succeed and have better opportunities, the state’s economy also improves and we pave the way for a brighter future.
What is your vision for the Arizona of the future?
My vision for the Arizona of the future is for everyone to have the opportunity to go to college if that is their goal. Things like money and lack of knowledge should not stop a person from being able to attend and graduate.
If you had a message for a student just beginning their college career, what would that be?
Join clubs, meet new people, travel abroad, learn as much as possible because you only get to have this experience once.
What is your favorite quote or motto?
Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not. – George Bernard Shaw
What is your Favorite TV show?
I don’t think I would be able to choose a favorite show. I watch a variety and am currently watching Crazy Ex Girlfriend.
What’s the one thing you couldn’t live without?
What’s the band you’d listen to for the rest of your life?
I like to listen to a variety of music but my go to is La Oreja de Van Gogh.
What is your proudest moment?
Receiving my college diploma. It was something I worked hard for and was proud to be the first one in my family to be able to achieve it.
“When I’m not working you’ll find me?
At a local coffeehouse. I don’t drink coffee but I enjoy drinking a good chai latte and people watching.
What’s your favorite movie?
Motorcycle Diaries. Gael Garcia is one of my favorite actors and I really enjoyed seeing the depiction of Ernesto “Che” Guevara’s journey on motorcycle through Latin America.