May 13, 2024
Rosangelica Martinez

Family matters most to Rosangelica Martinez, and that’s the primary reason she chose to attend Stanislaus State — to remain close to her loved ones and maintain a strong support system outside of school.  

“It was important for me to get my education in a place where I felt most comfortable,” she said. “I needed to be near family and friends to give me the support and security I needed to follow my dreams and pursue my education.” 

That familial connection helped influence her choice to pursue a career in criminal justice, with a specific focus on mitigating the recidivism rate in the community. Through interacting with her loved ones, Martinez has developed the ability to navigate any social setting and build meaningful connections with the people around her. This is why she chose a career centered on serving and engaging with others. 

After graduating, Martinez plans to continue pursuing her education, contemplating either attending law school or pursuing her doctorate degree. 

Martinez credits her mentors, Associate Professors of Criminal Justice Sebastian Sclofsky and Blake Wilson, for helping her discover her career path. 

“They both encouraged my curiosity in higher education and made themselves available for any questions,” she said. “Without their support and encouragement, I would have found it much harder to navigate the system and feel confident in my decisions.”  

Martinez embarked on a path that not only shaped her future but also enabled her to make a difference in her community. 

“I plan to use my degree to work in social services in Stanislaus County,” Martinez said. “My interest has always been in education, learning and teaching others what I know in hopes that they can apply it to their lives and better them.” 

#StanGrad File


Roseangelica Martinez


Turlock, CA


Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice 

What memories stand out most from your time at Stanislaus State?

“Roaming around campus and finding a beautiful and comfortable spot to enjoy nature and study before class.”

Which faculty or staff member had the greatest impact on you, and why?

“Sebastian Sclofsky and Blake Wilson. They both encouraged my curiosity in higher education and made themselves available for any questions or support I needed regarding my professional career and education.”

What advice would you give to current and future students?

“Ask for help from other students and professors, follow your heart, do not let anyone discourage you from meeting your educational goals and take advantage of all resources available on campus and throughout our community.”

Note: This article is part of the StanGrad series highlighting Stanislaus State students who are part of the Class of 2024. Read more StanGrad profiles.