Senior Profile: Yessica Rodriguez

Yessica Rodriguez. (Photo courtesy of Yessica Rodriguez).Yessica Rodriguez. (Photo courtesy of Yessica Rodriguez).

What is your major and minor? What other academic programs were you a part of?

Kinesiology major, psychology minor.

What are some of the jobs you held while at McDaniel?

I was a peer mentor for two years. I worked some part time jobs off campus as well.

What organizations were you a part of at McDaniel? What positions did you hold?

I was a part of many organizations such as HLA, P2W, CCM, SAC, Global Bridge, and Africa’s Legacy. I was the HLA president my junior year going on to my senior year and the Palabras to Words (P2W) president for two years. I was the treasurer of Catholic Campus Ministry (CCM) for a year and the public relations chair for Student Alumni Council (SAC) for a year. Also, I was an FYS peer mentor for two years for Dr. Mangan’s Love Gone Wrong in Literature class.

Did you enjoy your time at McDaniel? How?

I enjoyed the adventure of choosing a major in the sciences that best fit my future goals. I made a lot of connections with professors and students here at McDaniel College. I enjoyed being part of so many organizations and taking leadership roles in them because I felt that I got the chance to help students find a safe place to be themselves while also helping the community around me with the events planned through the organizations I was in.

Who do you think was/is your best mentor?

I wouldn’t be able to choose out of the three, but the best mentors are Dr. Mangan, Dr. McKenzie, and Dr. McNichols.

What is your best memory at McDaniel?

My best memory at McDaniel was being able to get through the process of setting up the HLA dinner as the president of the organization. When everyone comes together to help organize a huge event like this, it can be very heartwarming.

What are some of the challenges you encountered and how did you overcome them?

I had many struggles in life during my sophomore and junior years. They dealt with people passing away and getting sick. I overcame everything by focusing on my schoolwork and organizations that I participated in.

What are your plans for after graduation?

I plan on working in security for the BWI airport or as a flight attendant while I get my master’s in nutrition online. Then, I will apply to physical therapy schools. In the future, I would love to get my own gym.

What would you tell yourself as a first-year at McDaniel?

I would tell myself that it’s okay to step outside of your comfort zone to get to where you want to be in life.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with the McDaniel community?

I love to dance, so in the future when I get a gym, I would love to add a dance studio in which I can teach people multicultural dances.