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 Arizona State University graduate who earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Communications – in Mazatlan, Mexico.
Jesus explains, “I was born in Mazatlan and also spent a few years of my childhood living there. I’m hoping, now that I’ve graduated from college, that 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 the Spanish language.
Jesus graduated from Carl Hayden Community High School, and attended Phoenix College, before transferring to Arizona State University. Jesus says college was 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 naive. 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 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, helped to keep him motivated, “Barbra helped to keep me focused on what the main goal was, which was to graduate. Every time I met with her we made goals and plans that I had to complete by the next time we met. That helped 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”
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.”
“Since 2005, College Success Arizona has worked with nearly 1,300 students, and provided more than 16 million dollars in scholarships and success services to help increase the college attainment rate in Arizona. If you would like to be part of the mission of providing educational opportunity to high potential students from low income backgrounds, your tax deductible contribution can be made through the “Donate” button on the top of this page. Your support can help change lives.”