Hello! My name is Ariela Rosa, and I am a very excited new fall intern at FOX CITIES Magazine.
I’m originally from the Bronx, N.Y. People ask me all the time how I ended up coming to Appleton from the great NYC. Well, long story short, the Kaplan Leadership Foundation (a scholarship program) helped me discover Lawrence. After graduating from Bronx Community College two years ago, Kaplan helped me transfer here.
I am what most people call a “non-traditional” student. That basically means that I’m old (I’m going to be 29 soon — scary) and I’m married. My husband works at Lawrence and just started his own educational journey at Fox Valley Technical College. So we are definitely staying in Appleton for a little while longer, and we couldn’t be happier about it.
I graduate in November with a bachelor’s degree in English, minoring in history. I’d be super happy about this if I wasn’t too busy feeling sad about never being a student at Lawrence again. I also have no idea what I want to be when I grow up, so I’m sure my post-graduation experiences will be interesting.
Anyway, in the spirit of fun, here are some arbitrary facts about me:
Thanks to my father, my middle name is Elysia. Urban Dictionary defines Elysia as “the girl that everyone stops and stares at in the hallways at school,” which is hilariously inapplicable to me — I was the unpopular and dark-poetry writing loner type in high school. My father named me after the Elysian Fields, which he’d read was the land of happy souls.
At the age of 15, I got my first job as an intern at an acting studio to pay for the classes I was taking. I met a lot of celebrities there, and at the age of 16 I managed to accidentally offend Nicole Kidman. Yes, I will absolutely tell you the story if you ask me about it, and you’ll laugh at the silliness of the situation and at my lack of social grace.
Other jobs I’ve held: clerk at an exterminating company, sound and light board operator in a theater, student researcher for Lawrence’s psychology department, student mentor and advisor at Bronx Community College and news writer at Lawrence. So yeah, I’ve worn lots of hats, and I have the stories to prove it.
Although I’m a pacifist at heart, I play far too much “Call of Duty” on Xbox. I read once that people who like games like “Call of Duty” have aggressive Type-A personalities. That can’t be right — I’m nice, I promise!
Finally, while I’m not looking to settle for a specific career path just yet, I do know that I like to write, learn and explore. That’s why the internship at FOX CITIES Magazine interested me. I’m looking forward to getting to know more about the community and communicating with you all!