Gina Rodriguez | Salutatorian
Our Salutatorian’s post-BCC career has already begun — Gina Rodriguez completed her graduation requirements last August and is now an English major at Hunter College. Born in New York City but raised in the Dominican Republic, Ms. Rodriguez returned to the United States in 2015 to attend BCC. “Here I learned it’s not just about where you go to get a degree it’s what you do with it.” At BCC, Gina did a lot. She got involved in the creative writing club and the student literary magazine, Thesis. “I love to write, read and teach others to love reading and writing as much as I do.” Gina was also a semi-finalist for the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship. Upon graduating from Hunter, she plans to earn a master’s in New York University’s Creative Writing Program and return to BCC to teach English 11, the course she cites as the inspiration for her achievements. When not studying, Gina gravitates towards activities related to writing. “Last year I went to the Bronx Book Fair, I go to readings at Lehman College, writing workshops.” Among her favorite writers: Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison, whose work she calls “raw and truthful.” Not surprisingly, Ms. Rodriquez is currently working on a novel of her own.