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            Doing business in South Africa was an amazing experience that is going to help me in my professional, as well as, personal life. During our time there we visited many important companies such as: Port Authority, Johnson & Johnson, Pick n’ Pay, PepsiCo/Simba...

April 7, 2016


    The 2016 Mark Leadership Conference was an integral learning experience that affected me more profoundly than I imagined. I learned the importance of remaining true to my word and fulfilling my promises with the index cards provided by the Mark leadership team sta...

April 1, 2016

     I've always wanted to vacation in South Africa, I just did not know how or with who! So I was excited to see that Rutgers University- Camden offered a trip. I must say that I was a bit nervous but my curiosity pushed me through. We started our trip in Capetown and...

April 1, 2016

My name is Charline Abraham. I am a General Science major and a senior this year. This semester I was given the Trio scholarship to study abroad over spring break. I chose to visit Benin, which is part of West Africa and took a class called Developmental Botany. The pu...

April 1, 2016

Since starting school here at Rutgers University-Camden, I've had many amazing opportunities. I was selected to represent Philadelphia Metro at PwC's LIVE Aspire to Lead global webcast in Hollywood, California on February 17th!  I was PwC's VIP guest and studio audienc...

December 23, 2015


This past October 24, 2015, I received the pleasure of attending the 5tdh Annual Hispanic Leadership Summit at Rowan University, New Jersey. The Hispanic Leadership Summit is an event where Hispanic professionals get the opportunity to share their professional persona...

December 18, 2015

My sophomore year was full of many surprises. I had no plans to go to South Africa for Spring Break, but after attending the learning abroad info session and speaking to Dr. Ruth, the professor leading the class, I was sold! This is basically college in a nutshell: all...

December 1, 2015

As a Camden city student, it often seems impossible to detangle my hopes and dreams from the web of a narrative of failure. Having the gates of opportunity open to me to go to California has given me hope and made me optimistic about becoming an Engineer. This conferen...

December 1, 2015

As a hispanic female in the STEM field, I feel as though it is important to me that I recieve any opportunity that will allow me to share my knowlege with my community, which is why I am more than thankful to have been sent to Pasadena, California for the HENAAC Confer...

November 30, 2015

This blog will give F1RST generation college students a platform to share their experiences to inspire others to pave the way and pursue limitless possibilities.  "Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail"~ (Ralph Waldo Eme...

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As a first-generation college graduate, former EOF student, TRiO McNair Scholar, native of Camden and proud alumna of Rutgers, Rodriguez uses her experiences to understand and support first generation college students. Notable accomplishments include the establishment of B1GS, a newly formed student centered organization that Bridges 1st Generation College Students on campus.


Ana Rodriguez received a B.A. from Rutgers, M.A. from Columbia University, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Education, Culture, and Society at Rutgers Graduate School of Education.


January 10, 2018

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