Kelly Rodas Hernandez
How did you choose your degree program?
I have always enjoyed learning about different languages, cultures and governments. The only degree program that fit my interests was Global Affairs.
How did your academic experiences in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences impact you?
Academically, the course that challenged me the most was International Relations Theory. In this course, I learned the most about analytical writing, setting me up for my higher level, more writing intensive courses. I feel very confident with my writing skills, now, going into the professional world.
What accomplishment(s) during your time at Mason are you most proud of?
I am most proud of my time as an Arlington fellow. One semester was not enough for all of us, and I will always remember the small moments when we were able to open up about our experiences and share a good laugh.
Are there faculty or staff members who made a difference during your Mason career?
There are several staff members who have supported me during my time at Mason, but I am especially thankful to Professor Lisa Rabin. The way she cares for her students does not need to be expressed in words. She is always there supporting us behind the scenes, and is always willing to listen, and give moral support when it is needed. I don't think I would have gotten through my first semester as a senior without her advice and words of encouragement during a particularly stressful time of my life.
What are your current career plans following graduation? What are your long-term career goals?
I look forward to working at a nonprofit that serves immigrants in the near future and am currently in the process of applying to the MA program for Foreign Languages, concentrating in Spanish, here at Mason!!