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Adriana Rodarte-Reynoso's Aztec Experience

This Aztec is dedicated to helping others through education.
By SDSU News Team

Name: Adriana Rodarte-Reynoso
Major: Child and Family Development, minor in Counseling and Social Change 
Campus affiliations: Alpha Pi Sigma Sorority, Inc., SDSU Ambassadors, Mortar Board Senior Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, United Sorority and Fraternity Council

1. Why did you choose SDSU?

I knew that I wanted to attend SDSU when I first visited the campus in 2011. I attended Explore SDSU and I absolutely fell in love with the campus, its diversity and opportunities. I was very involved in high school in a number of different clubs and activities and I was very nervous about how I would continue that involvement in college. As soon as I walked through the student organization area, I knew that would not be difficult at all. I was also very nervous about being so far from home, but everyone I met at the open house was so welcoming and friendly and they made SDSU feel like home for me. After that day, I knew SDSU was the university for me.

2. What inspired you to declare your major?

When I started at SDSU, I was a pre-nursing major. I took all of the prerequisites and exams to be admitted to the nursing program. I thought that nursing was the perfect career for me until I got a job as a college adviser at Hoover High School. This high school is in an inner city and is primarily populated with low-income, minority students.

Working with these students truly opened my eyes to the inequalities that exist within our education system. It motivated me to become an advocate and voice for young students who may not be able to advocate for themselves. I decided that nursing was not for me and I changed my major to child and family development.

3. What is the best piece of advice you ever received?

The best piece of advice I ever received was during my sophomore year when I was contemplating whether or not to change my major. It was a difficult transition for me because for so long, I thought nursing was it for me. I knew I needed to change, but I couldn’t quite get past the thought of how my peers would react when I told them I switched from nursing to child development.

One day, I was speaking to my aunt on the phone about the thought of me switching and she told me, “No matter what you do in life, there will always be someone that might not agree with your actions." There might always be someone who tries to keep you from doing what you know in your heart is the right thing to do. But, that’s just it. You know it is the right thing to do.

4. Which SDSU faculty or staff member has been the most influential throughout your

My sorority adviser, Rosa Moreno, has been the most influential person for me at SDSU. As the associate director of career counseling and programming in Career Services, she is constantly providing me with the tools and resources that I need in order to be a successful Latina professional.

Since my freshman year when I first became a member of my sorority, she has provided me with the support that I need on campus. She is always pushing me to strive for the best and is there to lend a helping hand when I need it. The relationship that I have with her feels less like a faculty-student relationship and more like a family relationship. Every student at SDSU should have a person like her in his or her life. I guarantee that their academic and professional career will be so much better because of it.

5. What experience at SDSU has changed your life the most?

This question is hard to answer! Mostly because every experience I have had at SDSU has changed and shaped me in some way or another. I would have to say that getting involved with various clubs and organizations has truly molded the person I am today and has changed my life for the better. I know this is a broad answer, but getting involved is something that has given me leadership skills and opened doors for me that I never thought could be learned or opened. Each organization I am involved in has taught me something different and has led me to meet so many amazing people that I can’t imagine my life at SDSU without.

6. What has been your proudest achievement while at SDSU?

My proudest achievement while at SDSU has been being accepted to teach as a part of Teach for America. While I have not started teaching yet, this is an amazing opportunity that I can’t wait to begin. Starting in the 2016-17 school year, I will be teaching in a low-income school back in my hometown of Sacramento. I can honestly say that my experiences at SDSU including internships through my major, my job, as well as my leadership and volunteer opportunities allowed me to be accepted into the Teach for America program and I could not be happier. 

7. What is the most interesting or surprising thing about you?

I would say that the most surprising thing about me is that I can play multiple instruments: the clarinet, ukulele, tenor saxophone and any percussion instrument. Some were self-taught and others were learned through music classes. During my first semester at SDSU, I also played the tenor saxophone with the SDSU Marching Aztecs and I had a blast! Not many people know that about me, but it is definitely something I am proud of! 

8. What’s your favorite thing about being an Aztec?

My favorite thing about being an Aztec and attending SDSU is seeing and being able to participate in the various opportunities that the university offers to help students grow and learn outside the classroom. From study abroad to internships, to the Aztec Mentor Program and much more, there is always something available for every student to become a more well-rounded Aztec and member of the San Diego community. Opportunities like these molded my Aztec experience and have helped me grow in every way. For that, I could not be more proud to call myself an Aztec and soon-to-be alumna of this great institution.