Meet Our RowLA Seniors Going to College
Vanessa was the first RowLA graduate and she is currently attending Smith College in Northhampton, Massachusetts. She plans to be a Physical Therapist and her studies at Smith focus on kinesiology. During her high school years at King Drew Medical Magnet School, Vanessa took part in internships at: Olympic Medical Center, UCLA Ronald Reagan Hospital, and the AEG Staples Center LIVE. She is an INROADS scholar and a South Central Scholar but she makes time to come back and talk to the RowLA team about life in college, far from home.
Mariana came from the world of ballet and the country of Mexico. She entered the public schools of Los Angeles early in the fall of her ninth grade year. With her confidence shaken and feeling uncertain about coming to Los Angeles, she made friends with a few girls who convinced her to “try rowing”. There was no turning back. Mariana has developed into a talented coxswain for the RowLA team, even acting as assistant coach on occasions. Along with being an “A” student, she speaks three languages and leads a competitive boat down the racecourse with confidence. She plans to begin her freshmen year at Loyola Marymount University with a full scholarship and spot on their division I rowing team.
Michelle was the very first member of the RowLA team beginning her rowing career in 2009. From her early days of erging only, she has developed into a rower ready for division III rowing at Connecticut College. She enters Conn Coll in the fall as a “Science Leader” with funding from the National Science Foundation in support of Latina women pursuing careers in science. While rowing competitively and keeping up her academics, Michelle competed and qualified for student internships in several prominent medical facilities including, Children’s Hospital of LA, Cedars Sinai Head and Neck Institute and the Venice Family Clinic. She has received a full scholarship to attend Connecticut College in the fall.
Teresita started rowing during her 10th grade year. During her years with RowLA she has lost over 60 pounds, rowed competitively, and developed the confidence to become the team manager and a paid and valuable employee at a local rowing facility. Teresita is planning for a career in the health care business and she will enter UC Merced on a full scholarship this fall. UC Merced has no rowing team currently, but Teresita plans to work with a new faculty member from Spain who would like to establish a crew team at Merced. She definitely has the leadership and management skills to make this happen
In 2009 Penelope started her rowing career with RowLA, something that would forever change the way she looked at a sport. Representing RowLA, her artwork has been published in two volumes of The Foundation for Global Sports Development, a book published for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games and the 2012 London Olympics. Her rowing career with RowLA culminated at the 2013 US Rowing Southwest Regional Regatta where she rowed in a Varsity double. Currently, she attends CSU Long Beach on a full scholarship and rows for their division III team, which she is keeping up with very well due to the discipline and consistent training at RowLA. Penelope is a Marketing major with hopes to continue rowing after college in the Master’s Rowing League, reuniting with her double partner. She plans a career as a marketing analyst, hopefully with Nike.