Rosa comes from a family with a single mother and several siblings, who are non-supportive of her educational efforts. She was consistently at the top of her class in high school. Through her initiative in petitioning Starfish to allow her to attend, she went to a pre-med high school in Xela. In spite of initial prejudice because of her indigenous heritage, she made many friends and did very well.
Rosa is in a class of 51 students who come from all areas of Guatemala. She lives in a house with a house mother and four other nursing students, all supported by the Quetzal Fund. They wear their traditional clothing to class. Their house mother is kind and is like a mother to them. They have plenty of food and all the material that they need. The girls living in this house have become good friends; they support each other and help each other from becoming homesick.
They each have a medical kit with a stethoscope and blood pressure equipment. They have no textbooks. They receive copies of notes and information from their professors and have slide shows from which they can study.
Rosa is currently in her third year of nursing school at Rafael Landivar in Xela. She will receive her RN certificate in 2019 and wants to continue her studies for 3 more years to earn her BS in nursing. She is also studying English and likes to practice with guests. She energetic and unstoppable, and will offer much to her community and country. She spends her free time listening to music, going to church, and running.