Rosie Antonecchia

Rosie Antonecchia

Counselor / Professor

Palomar College

San Marcos, CA USA

Everyone has to hone their skills.


My road in life took a while to figure out.
I completed a cosmetology degree while in high school because I didn't fully believe I was college material.
Getting my cosmetology license helped me put plan B in place and I learned a trade before entering college.
I didn't have a car to get to college. I had to catch a ride with family or catch the bus or borrow my mom's car to get to classes.
Not having a car given to me really motivated me to save and buy one to make my commute easier. I did it!
I had two major losses during my second semester in college. Felt like dropping out because I was struggling emotionally and academically.
I had an amazing speech class professor—he was funny and engaging. He never knew, but the fear of not getting him the following semester if I had to repeat the course kept me in college.
I got a job before graduating with my undergraduate degree and thought I had found a great job. I didn't like it after being in it for over a year, so I quit and felt okay doing it. It is normal.
I walked away debt-free from college because I lived at home, didn't buy a new car, and lived below my means. I got to backpack through Europe for a month, thanks to my ability to live at home.


Counselor / Professor

I help students with their academic, career, and life challenges and goals.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Helping People

Day to Day

Help students figure out what major or career they are interested in. Help with class planning, teaching, committee participation / work. Collaborate on projects with other departments on campus.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Complete as many internships during undergraduate and grad school to solidify what population you want to work with.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

Fitness Specialist Certification


The Noise I Shed

From Parents:

"Why do you have to work for free after getting your degrees? What was the point of going to college?"

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation College Student