Elliot Rojas has been nothing but an asset to the ElevatedPost team in terms of content writing, public relations, bringing in new ideas, marketing and adding value overall. His work does not go unnoticed as we continue to see improvements on our site and build stronger relationships with our communities.
Elliot is actually the one who introduced the idea of day trading to Carlos and I as he first became involved with trading stocks as a means of bringing in additional income. Needless to say we are all like-minded individuals seeking to grow both personally and professionally on a daily basis and together we are working on sharing with you all this insight.
His story impacted me as he took a more traditional route to success despite all the challenges and battles he had to face. His story honestly changed my mindset about college as he proved to take full advantage of every opportunity that came his way and still managed to live a well balanced lifestyle. One that allows him to work hard and play just as hard. Here is his story:
As a 1st generation American, Elliot was raised by two ambitious parents who emigrated from the Dominican Republic to the United States with dreams of living a better life.
Faced with the challenges of his older brother’s poor health at the time, Elliot was forced to become independent at a very young age to help with his brother’s medical condition. By the age of 1 he no longer used bibs, bottles, or pacifiers and was already walking on his own.
As a result of becoming independent, Elliot found himself learning at a fast pace, allowing him to excel in school. Finding school entertaining, he discovered his many talents in arts, writing, music, and even acting. From elementary all throughout high school, Elliot was an honor roll student who found himself helping his peers earn their high school diplomas.
Although surrounded by violence, shootings, graffiti art, and murders, he managed to stay focused on his academics. Losing friends through violence kept him focused on getting a better education and striving to get into college to earn his 4-year degree. Ranking 4th in his class for the highest GPA, he was eventually nominated for a scholarship during his senior year to attend Northeastern University.
To his surprise he was rejected for that particular scholarship but fortunately enough he was interviewed for another scholarship for Northeastern. It was one specifically for minorities known as the Ujima (Swahili for “collective work and responsibility”), which would grant him a fully paid tuition. After interviewing and taking an exam for the scholarship he ended up earning the scholarship for Northeastern and was granted a free ride.
Focusing on civil engineering during his freshmen year, he chose to live on campus to get the full on college experience. Introduced to a reckless lifestyle filled with drinking and partying, he managed to instead divert his focus on his studies and work.
He stayed busy by going to class in the morning to then work at his security job from 4pm-midnight. Immediately after he came home from his shift he would then do homework to then repeat this routine faithfully Monday-Friday for 3 years.
Switching his studies from civil engineering to criminology and criminal justice, Elliot became inspired during his internship at a Roxbury Court and Probation center. He found himself educating adult offenders who were older than him and was astounded by how much knowledge others lacked in given topics. The next year he worked in the same center but this time with 18-24 year old young adults from urban communities. The impact was just as strong.
Collaborating with a non-profit called “Choice”, Elliot found himself helping these young adults who had nothing but a criminal record, build resumes, volunteer and gain work experience. He additionally helped them apply to jobs online and receive donations for professional clothes so they can go on interviews.
Helping others succeed is what drove Elliot to finish his degree and set an example for his peers. His purpose in life is to help improve people’s lives so they can realize their purpose in life so they can pursue it.
Elliot networked his way into a pharmaceutical company, Sanofi-Genzyme, where he worked his way up to his current role as a Senior Account Manager. With the goal to become a full time options trader down the line, he paper traded for practice and currently invests his own money for experience. Learning from top traders in the industry like Dave Santarelli, he not only takes in information but also teaches what he learns about options to others so they too can prosper.