Metropolitan State University Ambassadors

Jeremiah Rotich

Name: Jeremiah Rotich

Hometown: Brooklyn Center, Minnesota & Kericho, Kenya

Major: Business Administration

Grade Level: Senior

My journey to Metropolitan State University started when I arrived at the United States from Kenya on October 28, 2001. I was alone and did not know anyone here, but I did have a ride from the airport - or so I thought. Nevertheless, some very kind strangers took me in and showed me the ropes on how to survive as a Minnesotan.

Within three weeks of my arrival, I had a job and was going about my business as if I was born here. But my dream was to further my education and participate in the community. At the beginning of 2009, due to the economic downturn, I lost my job. To me, this was a blessing in disguise as it propelled me to go back to school and pursue my educational goals.

I enrolled in business management degree. I am glad to say that I exceeded my expectations as I also graduated with an AA degree, as well as a Global Studies Certification from Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) this summer. While enrolling at MCTC, my eyes zeroed in at Metropolitan State. Why Metropolitan State? My goal is to graduate eventually with a master of public and nonprofit administration.

Many people have given to me, and for me to give back to the community effectively and efficiently, I needed to prepare myself appropriately. Metropolitan State has the program which would enable me to achieve this goal. In conclusion, I am currently contributing to the community, both in Minnesota and in Kenya: as a trustee board member of District 279 Foundation and by helping put up a community center back in the village I grew up in Kenya.