Welcome back to Alumni in Action! This week, we talked to Gisell Rodriguez, who graduated from our program in June of 2016. Gisell was born in Mexico and immigrated to the United States when she was only two years old. Her high grades and deep commitment to community service got her accepted into many colleges, but Providence College saw something more and offered the four-year, full-ride St. Juan Macias Scholarship. She has just started her second semester of college, read below to find out how she’s doing!
Lynn Classical High School
Have you declared a major?
No, I’m undecided. I initially thought I wanted to major in Engineering, but after taking a few classes, I changed my mind. I’m more interested in the Humanities now, specifically Sociology, but still haven’t officially declared.
What classes are you taking?
Public and Community Service, Women’s Studies, Sociology, Development of Western Civilization, and Common Disorders of Children.
What are some ways in which you’ve gotten involved on campus?
I’ve joined PIRC (Providence Immigrant Rights Coalition); in today’s political climate, I think it’s important to stand up for those who need our help. Being an immigrant myself, PIRC is a safe space for me in which I also learn ways to better educate others about immigration issues.
How have you dealt with living away from home?
The transition from home to dorm life has been relatively easy for me since I have been away from home before, although not for prolonged periods of time. I have a lot more freedom than I did back home, which is helping me become more independent.
What do you hope to get out of your college experience?
I hope to gain a life-changing experience that will help me grow as a person. I also hope to continue to meet many more great people.
What do you remember the most about coming to LVS every week?
I remember always looking forward to learning something new and seeing my friends. In addition to college prep, I learned a lot about self-care, time management, and money management. I definitely have a better understanding about finances, not just specific to college, but to everyday life.