Senior Success: Michelle Ostolaza ’21, administration of justice
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Upon graduation, Michelle Ostolaza ’21, who is getting her degree in administration of justice (ADJ), will be attending the Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston for her master’s degree in marketing. During her time at the University of Houston, she will be the graduate assistant for marketing and communications for the Department of Campus Recreation.
“I hope to find a career within the sports marketing field, more specifically in professional sports,” she said about her future dreams.
As to being in the ADJ program here at Salve Regina, Ostolaza found the courses to be extremely helpful for her — even as she plans to head into a marketing career in the future.
“The law exists everywhere; it’s everywhere you look and in everything that you do,” she said. “You can take an ADJ degree and use that to pursue a plethora of different career paths. Don’t think that just because you get an ADJ degree you must be a police officer or lawyer. You can use this knowledge and take it as far as you desire.”
Along with her ADJ program, Ostolaza feels that the Office of Multicultural Programs and Retention helped shape her into the person that she is today. She attributes much of her success to Dr. Sami Nassim and Rose Albert, director and assistant director of the Office of Multicultural Programs and Retention.
“Sami Nassim and Rose Albert have made an impact on my life that I will forever be grateful for,” she said. “They saw potential in me when I couldn’t, they pushed me when I thought I couldn’t go any further, they cared when I didn’t. I have no idea where I would be without them.”
In fact, Ostolaza believes it was her experiences within the Office of Multicultural Programs and Retention that helped prepare her for the world ahead.
“My experiences with interacting with students from different backgrounds and working closely with the multicultural office taught me more than I could possibly imagine about tolerance, acceptance and educating myself and others,” she said. “These skills are extremely important to have, especially as someone who is going into the competitive workforce that exists today.”