Erika Lizeth Rodriguez

Erika Lizeth Rodriguez

Name: Erika Lizeth Rodriguez
Age: 21
Major:  Mathematics with Teachers Certification
Hometown: Brownsville, Texas

I have had a wonderful firsthand experience at UTRGV. In my time here, I have met many great individuals that make the best of their experience with the university and all it encompasses. UTRGV has opened many doors for me and has provided me with the tools I need to graduate with a Bachelor's in Mathematics and ultimately achieve my goal of pursuing a career in education. The university has helped in both my personal and professional growth.

What made you decide on your current major?
Growing up on the border has given me perspective. Since I live in the United States, I have an opportunity that most of my family never had—pursuing higher education. Coming from a humble family, my parents placed the most importance on education. They taught me that having an education is the only way out of poverty and pushed me to pursue it tirelessly. Although my father, the person who pushed me most, has passed away, I haven’t let that stop me. I strongly believe teachers are the ones that make the greatest impact on students. Had it not been for my family and grade school teachers always encouraging me to challenge myself, I wouldn’t have decided to pursue my Bachelors in Mathematics with the U-TEACH program.

What are your plans after graduation?
After graduating I plan on applying to the Teach for America program and continue my education by applying to graduate school here at UTRGV.

What are you involved in on and off campus?
Student Assistant for Student Involvement, Resident Assistant for Residential Life, Scholar for the Engaged Scholarship and Leadership, National Society of Leadership and Success

What is your biggest accomplishment to date?
My biggest accomplishment to date would be learning to be more independent, mature, and confident throughout my college journey. By becoming this strong and independent student I have been able to become more involved in school and ultimately have discovered that my true passion is helping others.

What advice do you have for future students?
Becoming an involved student has played a major role in who I am today. Being punctual and responsible has helped me come a long way both academically and personally. With that in mind, pursue your dreams and do it fearlessly. Don’t be scared to try new things or meet new people. Make sure you work hard for everything you have so that one day you can sit and share your wisdom with someone else.