Today we'd like to highlight SSI Employee Rosa.  She has been a key member of the SSI Team since she started here over seven years ago.  We're all celebrating with Rosa as she recently fulfilled a long-time goal of obtaining her U.S. Citizenship.  Below is a transcript of our interview.

SSI:  Rosa, how does it feel to have gone through the process and to finally be a U.S. Citizen?

Rosa:  This was something that was always on the back of my mind.  But, with my household responsibilities and putting the needs of my family first I wasn't able to do it.  Thanks to the generosity of some co-workers, I was able to maky my dream come true.

SSI: How long did the process of becoming a citizen take? 

Rosa:  The process was not too bad.  It took about 7 to 8 months.

SSI:  I've heard the civics test is brutal, is it as difficult as they say?

Rosa:  The test was not too bad.  They ask you about 10 questions, but the preparation was hard.   You have to learn 100 questions and answers.  They do a verbal and written test also.

SSI:  Of all the rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, which one do you appreciate most?  

Rosa:  The right to vote.  I think it is very important for Americans to get involved in their community.

SSI:  What benefit of U.S. Citizenship are you most happy about?

Rosa:  You can vote, bear arms, you can get a passport or get a job with the federal government.