Interview with Senior Rosa Mendoza

St. Francis de Sales senior Rosa Mendoza has a lot to celebrate. Not only is she poised to graduate at the top of her class and be the first in her family to attend a four-year university, but she was also the first SFDS senior to receive a college acceptance letter this year. We caught up with this busy young woman to learn more about her journey.

How would you describe your experience here at SFDS?

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What activities have you been involved with over the past few years?

 Rosa: A lot! I’ve played volleyball and soccer, and have also participated in the photography club, the newspaper team, and the National Honor Society.

What staff members have had a particular influence on you, and why?

Rosa: Mr. Sanchez and Coach Flores have both influenced me a lot. Mr. Sanchez has always told us that he sees potential in every single student. He’s always been there to help me, and answers any questions I have about anything. Coach Flores has been there for me since I met her, and she always listens to me complain and gives me the best advice! 

How did it feel to get your first college acceptance letter? 

 Rosa: It felt amazing! I applied to ten colleges—I think!—and I’ve received five acceptances so far.  

Have you made a decision on where you will go?

 Rosa: Yes! I plan to attend the University of Illinois and major in BioChemistry so I can get into Pre-Med and become a gynecologist.

 What is something that your classmates and teachers don’t know about you?

 Rosa: Many people at my school might not know that I actually hate socializing and it makes me very nervous.

Tell us a little about your family. 

Rosa: My family came from Mexico and I’m the first to be born here, so there’s a lot my parents and older brothers don’t know about this country and that I’m also learning as well. My family is completely determined to move forward and do their best. I don’t think there’s a day that anyone in my family just sits at home doing nothing. Everyone is always moving and trying to get ahead. 

What has been the key to your success? 

Rosa: I think it’s important to mention that this wasn’t easy. There have been nights where I haven’t slept because I’ve been studying for my classes, then staying up doing homework for Olive-Harvey College because I take dual enrollment classes there. I leave my house at 6:50am every day, and when I have class at Olive-Harvey, I don’t get home until 9:30pm, and that’s when I eat and start to do my homework or projects. People think I’m just smart so I get good grades and college acceptances, but that all has come from the hard work I put in.