Where are they now alumni profile– Renee Rosati
Fresh off of graduating high school from Xavier College Preparatory in 2010, Renee Rosati turned her thoughts to college. But thanks to earning both high school and college credits simultaneously through Rio Salado’s dual enrollment program, Rosati was already halfway there.
“Many of my junior and senior year high school classes qualified for dual enrollment credit,” said Rosati, who began college as a junior. “Getting college credit through the dual enrollment program did not require additional homework from my regular high school workload.”
Students who participate in dual save time and money when they take college level courses while in high school. The credits earned can then transfer to universities allowing the students to get a jump start on their college education.
In December 2012, Rosati received a bachelor’s degree in Spanish, graduating with honors from Texas Christian University. The highly motivated student followed that up with medical school at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in South Carolina, graduating in 2017.
Today, Rosati is a doctor and is finishing final year of residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.
“I have matched into a fellowship in interventional spine at Emory (University Hospital), in Atlanta, which I will begin next year,” Rosati said.
Her goal is to work in an orthopedic or neurosurgery department.
“I will provide care for patients with chronic back pain who want to try an alternative to spine surgery such as epidural steroid injections or radiofrequency ablation of sensory nerves in specific spinal segments,” Rosati said.
As she embarks on the next step in her career journey, Rosati reflects on where it all began.
“Dual enrollment enabled me to get a head start,” Rosati said. “Shaving a year off college helped ease that burden of the number of years I had to dedicate to being a student and allowed me to focus on my core course load in university.”
Rosati is a passionate advocate of the benefits dual enrollment programs offer students. Learn more about the dual enrollment program today!
“I would most definitely encourage teens and parents to choose a high school that offers dual enrollment,” Rosati said. “My friends who decided not to enroll in the dual enrollment program during high school regretted it because they had to pay for those classes again in college.”