September 2022 Alumni Spotlight
MIA alumna, Ashley Roselló, shares with us her experience while working as an Emergency Management Specialist at FEMA, why she decided to pursue an MIA degree at the Marxe School, how her studies have been while at the school, and more.
Tell us about your Emergency Management Specialist role at FEMA.
My experience as an Emergency Management Specialist at FEMA has been very enriching. I had the opportunity to work with many leaders in the field of emergency management at both local and national levels. My experience derives from the recovery side of FEMA as a Public Assistance, Program Delivery Manager. I experience the opportunity to work as a primary point-of-contact assigned to aid applicants throughout the Public Assistance grant development process.
How did the MIA prepare you for it?
The MIA provided me with necessary tools to understand the many levels of governance and effective communication required in my professional career. The academic staff has been an essential part of my experience at the MIA. The career service offices and advisors are a group of amazing academic resources willing to guide anyone aiming to achieve a promising future.
In 2019, you have moved from Puerto Rico to New York City to pursue an MIA degree at the Marxe School. What has steered you towards choosing the Marxe School for your degree?
I decided to move forward with the Marxe School after receiving a top-tier recommendation from an undergraduate mentor and professor while in Puerto Rico, extensive research provided confirmation that relocation would be worth the challenge. I arrived in NYC in 2019 with a printed acceptance letter from the Marxe School, an Airbnb paid for two months and $300 in my bank account. That first semester was extremely challenging. In addition to the challenge of learning new surroundings, I was also taking classes in English for the first time away from family and my small town of Toa Alta. The writing center was an essential part of my academic support and professional development. As time progressed, I understand what it meant to emotionally evolve ensuring I completed grad school.
What was your most memorable experience during your time while studying at the Marxe School? Any favorite professors?
To be honest, I had many memorable moments. The first day I landed in NYC and went to my first introductory workshop, I knew it was going to be unforgettable. I enjoyed the opportunity to take classes with peers who came from many walks in life. Having such a diverse group of students brought a unique experience to the program.
Academically speaking, my favorite professors were George Mitchell and Desmond Arias. They had different styles of teaching but provided an excellent selection of research and a space to develop inquisitive skills. I am extremely grateful to each of them for giving me the opportunity to learn and develop in a new language.