This reflection is the last in a series highlighting notable Class of 2012 University of San Diego graduates. Diana Rodriguez-Agiss, to put it succinctly, was a very busy student. She earned undergraduate degrees in accounting, finance and political science and held leadership and participation roles in USD’s Honors Program, Mortar Board, Associated Students, Alpha Kappa Psi, Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (MEChA), United Front Multicultural Center, UF Leadership Council, Association of Chicana Activists (AChA) and more. She plans to attend law school in the near future.
During my four years at the University of San Diego, I’ve grown intellectually, spiritually, emotionally, and overall as a human being. I’ve gathered immense knowledge, both in and outside of the classroom, through my involvement in extracurricular and service activities.
Comparing the young 16-year-old the summer before entering USD to the mature young woman I’ve become through my four years in college, I see a great difference and a new perspective on what being part of the human community means and my role in fostering one that’s based on love and compassion.
I’m very fortunate because at USD I found my purpose and passion and learned to use my past experiences to turn them into a force and motivate myself and others to be greater than ourselves. I’m blessed to have attended an institution with values of compassion and social justice engrained in its mission and to have developed the values my parents raised and instilled in me.
One of the biggest values I hold close to my heart is humility. I’ve noticed that being humble allows me to recognize my privileges and motivates me to be an activist and contribute to making our world a better place with fewer injustices, little by little.
Through the many USD organizations I’ve been involved in, I became really proud of my background and I learned to share my story with many others. I cultivated great friendships I would otherwise have not been able to form had I not stepped out of my comfort zone and really tried to befriend people for who they genuinely are, rather than for their background and superficial aspects.
Finally, I want to share that USD faculty, administrators and staff have been influential individuals who’ve shown that they really care about the students and strive to create an inclusive and welcoming community for all students. They’ve really been supportive and they are part of the reason why I confidently say that the years I’ve spent at USD have been the best four years of my life.
While I’m now looking forward to see what the future has in store for me, I can assure everyone that the memories, friendships and growth I received at USD will be cherished forever.
— Diana Rodriguez-Agiss ’12
Photos by Nick Abadilla