NEWS: Rozier Returns To Law, Speaks To Seniors
The Jonathan Law community gave a warm welcome to alum Vanessa Rozier last week.
Rozier, who is currently serving as a U.S. Public Affairs Officer in The Republic of the Congo, visited her alma mater on October 15 to give a speech to the senior class.
Law’s Model United Nations Club, journalism, and broadcast journalism classes also gathered in the school’s auditorium where Rozier seized center stage. Rozier admitted she was somewhat apprehensive about speaking to students, but she was impressed by the response she received.
“It was really cool to see so many people interested in what I’m doing,” Rozier said. “I was not a normal person because I wanted to be in journalism and wanted to go outside the states. I wanted to change things and learn new things all the time, and that wasn’t cool. So seeing that now that is accepted and normal…I think that’s amazing. I’m happy to have come from here.”
Rozier began her speech by sharing one of her favorite quotes by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She then jokingly re-assured students she did not have Ebola and went on to explain more about Africa and The Republic of the Congo, which is her present post.
She also shared some anecdotes about her travels around the world, as well as some pros and cons of her career. She ended her presentation with a question-and-answer session.
As a former Law student, Rozier was able to connect with a wide array of students, from aspiring journalists to college-anxious students.
“I think it’s crazy that she is so influential, and it’s great how humble she is, even though she is probably one of the coolest people that have ever walked in this building,” senior Briana Williams said. “I think that she is the perfect role model. She is everything that girls and the senior class should look up to.”
Senior Reaven Grant said that she was impressed with Rozier’s work ethic and determination.
“Seeing someone in that position, who was just like me a few years ago, gives me hope,” Grant said. “Her hard work proves that you can do anything if you are diligent. I think her story is remarkable.”
The visit was coordinated by Law secretary Mrs. Ramos and Law history teacher Ms. Burns.
“I just hoped it would really broaden student’s perspectives,” Burns said. “For the whole senior class, I thought it was a really good opportunity. She worked for the State Department and was one of the youngest diplomats ever appointed to serve internationally, so I thought instead of just keeping it to a small group of students we should open up the opportunity.”
Law’s students and faculty were very appreciative of Rozier taking time out of her short stay in Milford to share her experiences with students.
“Vanessa is such an amazing example for all Law students of what can happen when you work hard and have big dreams,” English teacher Mr. Kulenych said. “Her speech was phenomenal and she no doubt inspired everyone who listened to her story.”
Burns said she hopes to have Rozier back sometime in the near future and to get some other graduates to return and speak to future senior classes.
“I wish we could get more alumni to come back and talk to all the kids about what they learned here, where they went when they left here,” Burns said.
(Photos by Laura Gonzalez)