Five questions with the Vancouver Campus Pinnacle recipient: Laura Rodriguez Romero

By Kenna Caprio

Laura Rodriguez Romero speaks fluent Spanish and English. She knows French, and is learning Portuguese. The multilingual native of Colombia, who attended high school in El Salvador, puts her words to good use come Commencement 2016, as Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Vancouver Campus Pinnacle Award recipient. “I am very excited to give my speech. It means a lot to me to have the honor to represent all students at such an important event, as well as to represent the Vancouver Campus in New Jersey,” says Rodriguez-Romero, who will graduate with her BS in business administration.

Laura Rodriguez Romero PinnacleFDU: What's the best experience you've had at FDU?

LRR: As a member of the Model United Nations Club, I had the opportunity to represent the University at the Harvard World Model United Nations conference held in Seoul, South Korea in March 2015. It was a rewarding experience to be part of such big event and participate in various debates with students from all over the world!

Laura Rodriguez Romero, the Vancouver Campus Pinnacle Award recipient for 2016, will deliver a speech at Commencement.

FDU: Which academic achievement or moment are you most proud of?

LRR: FDU gave me the opportunity to participate in many activities where I gave the best of me, in order to stand out and to give back to the University. All of these experiences are the reason why I am the recipient of the Pinnacle Award this year, and that is why this is the academic achievement I’m most proud of.

FDU: How has attending FDU impacted your life?

LRR: Being a student at FDU has been a wonderful experience. I’ve learned so much from my professors, but also from my classmates — having the opportunity to study in a multicultural environment has opened my mind. Now I see the world with different eyes, because I understand different perspectives. I think that is one of the greatest lessons I got from FDU.

FDU: What's the most important advice you received during college?

LRR: There is a quote on one of the walls of our campus that reads: “As world citizens, as a global institution, we have an obligation to extend our reach, to go beyond the ordinary and achieve the extraordinary.” And since the first day I started school, I’ve kept that message in my mind. I consider myself a global citizen, and I always try to put this into practice in my personal life, to always go beyond the norm and achieve excellence.

FDU: What's next for you after graduation?

LRR: After graduation, I would like to enter the international trade industry by working with an import and export firm in Vancouver. In one or two years, I plan to go to graduate school for an MBA in international business.