Hometown: Baltimore, Md.
Keeping the Balance
Theatre and medicine might seem like strange bedfellows, but to Ana Rodriguez, combining these two gives a perfect example of how special Davidson is. "Honestly, I think that Davidson is the only place where you can be any major at all and still be Premed."
Rodriguez knows it wouldn't have been possible for her to do this without the support of her professors-one of the things that attracted her to Davidson. "I liked the idea of having strong student-professor relationships and the idea that professors trusted students because of the Honor Code. I feel like I'm really close with all of my professors, especially in the Theatre Department because the classes are so small."
From All Sides
A member of the Davidson Delilahs, the Women's Track and Field team, and vice president of the Union Board, Rodriguez also volunteers at HealthReach Clinic in Mooresville. "I'm really interested in working with people who don't have health insurance-seeing the doctors who work there has really inspired me. I've also been able to use my Spanish-speaking abilities, and it's been really cool to interact with people who have a completely different outlook on life."
Opening It Up
Rodriguez is passionate about dealing with socioeconomic differences on Davidson's campus as well. "It can be a subject that people are afraid to talk about, because of the awkwardness that could come out of that conversation. But I think in terms of understanding and interacting with the people around us, it's important to think about. Working at the clinic has shown me that you never know where people are coming from and that it's okay to ask questions and have these types of discussions."
"I was talking to two of my friends who are involved in Perspectives in The Davidsonian, and each month they post a different discussion topic about diversity. I think that's a great way to start. Once people feel more comfortable talking about different aspects of diversity, that's when you start seeing more progress."