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My name is Guillermo Rodríguez.  I am originally from Ciudad Juárez, México, but I lived most of my life in El Paso, Texas. 

 

From a very young age, my parents stressed the importance of education and encouraged me to pursue my educational goals.  As a result, I had the opportunity to select from several out-of-town universities to continue my education after high school.  It was difficult to leave my family and home for a place I had never been, but I finally decided to go to University of Notre Dame in Indiana. 

 

Although attending college was a life-changing experience, it was not an easy transition for me.  I began my college experience as a pre-med science major, but I quickly learned that a medical career was not for me.  I soon became frustrated and discouraged about my future; however, an excellent academic adviser guided me to new opportunities that I had never considered.  Sitting around and drinking coffee with her, I discovered my passion for my culture and history. 

 

In 1998, I graduated from Notre Dame with a degree in history and Spanish.  It was a great milestone in my family as I was the first to attend and graduate from college, and it paved the way for my younger brothers and sister to do the same.  After graduation, I was uncertain about what I was going to do next.  I returned to El Paso, where I looked for opportunities to give back to my community.  I soon began to work at the local community college tutoring students in reading and writing while I pursued graduate studies in history.

 

 As a writing tutor, I had the opportunity to work closely with students from many different backgrounds, and I appreciated the effort that each of them continuously put in to reach their goals.  I quickly became hooked on helping students achieve their goals, and I began to pursue a career that would allow me to do this full time. This passion to help students has brought me to University of Houston–Clear Lake as an academic transfer adviser.

Guillermo Rodríguez
Academic Transfer Advisor
rodriguezg@uhcl.edu
Phone: 281-283-2638
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