Meet Rodrigo's Circle
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Jean-Luc is not just Rodrigo’s roommate – he’s like a brother. You may see him at sports games this year as a drum major.
Fellow puppy lover Lauren Kiker works with CPALS and is one of the most caring people he knows.
Fellow RA Winston George is always up for a Mario Kart tournament.
Sangeetha Kumar founded UNC Science Days to encourage young girls to pursue STEM fields. Can be found at Yopo during her free time.
Puja Patel and Rodrigo bonded over their mutual love of Harry Potter. Not so much her love of math and science.
If Rodrigo had been born earlier, he may have joined the ranks of Vasco de Gama, Marco Polo, and other world explorers. He isn’t afraid to try new things – like being the first in his family to go to college in the U.S. Born and raised in Mexico City, he moved to Brevard, N.C. in high school. The American college system introduced him to many new things. Like, college dorm door decorations. “When I arrived on campus, I was so confused by the smallest of things. It felt like everyone else knew what college was; I was figuring it out as I went along. Turns out that’s how everyone feels!”
Rodrigo never lost his love of exploring. He loves languages, and takes Mandarin and Russian classes… for fun. He tried out a few majors, ranging from Clinical Lab Science to Anthropology, before finding his fit at the Gillings School of Public Health. While figuring out if photography and journalism would be his fit, he bumped into Mia Hamm while doing a shoot for the Yackety Yack. We know, #NBD.
Last summer, his sense for adventure led him to Europe for a Burch Field Research Seminar on renewable energy and city planning. Six countries, four weeks, and an insane number of great memories. With his love of travel and willingness to try new things, who knows where Rodrigo will go next!
Name: Rodrigo Martinez
Hometown: Brevard, NC
Major: Environmental Health Sciences and Engineering
Advice to prospective students: "Don't hold back. Be dauntless. Try out your interests and push beyond your comfort zone."
Some people fear it will be like high school – it’s just not. You challenge yourself here and grow with every day spent on campus.