Ariella Sosis

Ariella Sosis

Her resume says it all. CEO for a nonprofit she founded, along with sales and marketing experience for the Italian fashion company Versace and social media coordinator for a San Diego piano studio. She speaks fluent Russian, is a skilled musician and engages in extensive volunteer work.

Oh, and Ariella Sosis accomplished all this by the time she was 19 years old.

“I see some pretty great things ahead for her,” said Isabel Luengo, a MiraCosta College philosophy professor who has known Sosis for years.

Sosis graduated from MiraCosta College in May 2014 with a 4.0 grade point average and an associate degree in business administration. She was an Honors Scholar and a student ambassador who marketed the college to local high school students. She founded the burgeoning Hillel Club for Jewish students at MiraCosta College’s Oceanside Campus.

Sosis applied to the extremely competitive Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and hopes to one day run an international nonprofit. But don’t expect to hear her boasting about her accomplishments. You’d have a better chance of seeing snow fall along the coast.

Sosis got an early start on college life after graduating from Del Norte High School in the 4S Ranch area of San Diego when she was 16.

“My mom is a piano teacher and one of her students is Isabel Luengo, and she just opened my eyes to the academic possibilities at MiraCosta College,” Sosis said. “MiraCosta has some of the best faculty members anywhere, faculty members who support you no matter what you do. It has a dedicated staff that cares about the school and believes in it.”

Sosis isn’t the first in her family to attend MiraCosta College. An older sister, 21, graduated a few years ago and attends UC Berkeley. Another sister, 29, lives in Israel.

One of Sosis’ first projects at MiraCosta was launching a Hillel chapter. “It was kind of lonely for me Jewish-wise,” Sosis said. “There were no Shabbat services, no Purimspiels (a comic dramatization retelling the story of Purim) or anything like that.” Three years later, Hillel of MiraCosta College had more than 100 members. “There's a place for Jews to meet at MiraCosta and a place to congregate.”

Luengo is one of the Sosis’ biggest boosters.

“Ariella is a girl who has always had a lot of initiative,” Luengo said. “Even when she was in middle school and high school, she has taken charge, worked well with others and has set very clear goals while finding a way to accomplishing them. She is very mature for her age and a very serious student.”