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For Chassady Rosado, Mission Accomplished

Liz Connolly-Bauman
By Liz Connolly-Bauman
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U.S. Army specialist Chassady Rosado recently completed her mission as a college graduate.

This month, Chassady Rosado graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC). The former servicemember will now pursue a new career as a project manager.

“The discipline, teamwork, and leadership skills I learned in the military have helped me reach this milestone,” Rosado said. 

Rosado’s service with the Army started at Fort Campbell in Montgomery County, Tennessee, in 2016 when she was assigned to provide support to the 101st Division Sustainment Brigade. She was next sent to Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, an hour from Seoul. Her time at Camp Humphreys coincided with the start of the COVID-19 lockdown.

“The lockdown really affected me, and I was right in the middle of it,” Rosado explained.

After a year in Korea, Rosado left the military, moved back home to New York City, and returned to her old healthcare job at Montefiore Medical Center. But everything seemed different in New York after the pandemic and after her military service. Rosado needed a change.

“My mom and I made the decision to move somewhere else, and my mom really liked Houston,” Rosado said. “So, she bought a house and I moved in with her and we're trying our best out there.”

Rosado enrolled at UMGC while at Fort Campbell, then took some time away from her studies while in South Korea in the midst of COVID-19. She briefly attended the University of Houston after the move with her mother, but she realized that UMGC was a better fit for her.  So, she returned to UMGC to continue working toward her undergraduate degree.

“I loved UMGC because it was always available,” Rosado said. “I was able to do my work and my professors were always helpful.”

While at UMGC, Rosado’s favorite class was Management Information Systems Capstone/IFSM 495, which she took during her last semester.

“I'm definitely going to say the capstone course stood out to me because I worked so much with others and it made me understand what was needed for the future,” Rosado said. “It was interesting, and you got to know people by meeting with them every week on [Microsoft] Teams.”

As Rosado crossed the finish line—receiving her diploma at UMGC’s Grad Walk in mid-May—she was excited about the future. She plans to find a position as a project manager. She also wants to continue her professional development by working toward a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification through the Project Management Institute.