When Alexandra Roosenburg was deciding where to go after high school, she thought she wanted a small liberal arts college. But with her sister and many of her friends going to U.Va., the Northern Virginia resident thought she’d give the big university a try.
Now she thinks that was one of the best decisions she’s ever made.
The variety of opportunities available at the University helped Ms. Roosenburg discover her talents in working with young children. When she learned about the Curry School of Education’s five-year Master of Teaching program, she knew she was meant to be a teacher. And the advice she got at the career services center sent her on her way to teaching jobs at international schools in Switzerland, Tanzania and, starting in the fall of 2010, in Washington, D.C.
While a student, Ms. Roosenburg joined the U.Va. Alumni Association because of the valuable programs it offered students. When she finished paying off those dues last year, she decided to continue making that payment as a contribution to the Annual Fund.
“I want to make sure that [U.Va.] remains as valuable an institution for others as it was for me, and I want to make sure that it remains accessible for people in Virginia,” Ms. Roosenburg said. “As a teacher, I’m not making a huge salary compared with some of my friends, but I think if everybody can put aside something to give to this institution that shaped all our careers, it really will make a difference.”