Change of Course

Evan Roseberry

Evan Rosa-Roseberry was a standout swimmer in high school, graduating from Wilson in 2005. He earned a swimming scholarship to University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), but wasn't quite sure what he wanted to do when he started.

"My dad is a dentist and he wanted me to be a dentist," Evan said. "I didn't want to be a dentist or do anything math- or science-related, so I went into communications. I was going to be a journalist."

Evan graduated with his bachelor's degree in communications and worked for the UMBC Athletic Department as a student. After graduation, he stayed in the Baltimore area and completed some internships hoping they would lead to full-time employment. "I had an internship with the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development where we were setting up an art exhibit at BWI Airport. It was to promote products piloted or manufactured in the state of Maryland. It was a great internship, but they just weren't looking to hire," he said.

Evan, now 25, began to think that maybe journalism wasn't for him, so he moved home to Berks County and started doing marketing for his dad's dental office. After a year, he decided he wanted to go back to school.

"I was working in a healthcare environment, but I realized I was more interested in the science than the marketing behind it," Evan said. "I was always much, much better at math and science when I was in school."

Since Evan would be paying his own tuition and expenses, he was looking for an economical approach to college. "My parents spoke very highly of RACC," he began. "My younger sister got her associate degree here before transferring to Towson. She said that she would have never been able to accomplish the things she has without having attended RACC. She graduated cum laude from Towson and was also inducted into an honor society while pursuing her B.S. She feels much of her success can be attributed to the caring approach of many of her RACC professors."

Evan visited RACC and explored the program offerings, knowing this time that he wanted to do something in science. Then he found the Medical Laboratory Technician program. "It seemed like a good fit, and then when I met with Lanie Fessler, she told me there is about a 95 percent job placement rate when you graduate," Evan said. "Job security is something that was really important to me."

Although Evan's classes at UMBC fulfilled his elective requirements, he has had to take several science and math classes this year and has 18 credits this semester. Taking Principles of Chemistry turned out to have a positive result since it led to a 10-hour a week job in the Tutoring Center.

"I was always really good at chemistry," Evan said. "I had honors and AP chemistry in high school and it all came back to me pretty easily. After I finished Principles of Chemistry, I went to the Tutoring Center and took an assessment to make sure I understood the material and would be qualified to tutor. I think I needed an 80 and I got a 98."

Evan is also enjoying his MLT courses and has decided to eventually go to medical school to become a doctor. To help pay for his schooling, he is considering starting a small tutoring business to help students with math and science.

"I feel like education is the foundation of our economy," Evan said. "If I can help one student or 10 students and set them up for success in life, then I feel good about that. Tutoring also keeps me sharp in the skills I need for my career."