Help Fund Aimee's Education
Organized by: Aimee Rodriguez
July 21, 2016
My name is Aimee Rodriguez. I am 17 and will be starting college at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) this August!
I have been accepted to UIUC with many scholarships from the university itself and private scholarships I applied to myself. Tuition for UIUC yearly is originally $30,000, but I was able to bring that amount down to $10,000 because of all the hardwork I put in during my high school career.
I just graduated high school in early June with a 3.8 GPA, number 9 in my class, 100 service hours, and half a semester of college done! In addition to the various clubs, activities, and sports I participated in.
Because of all the Dual Credit, Dual Enrollment, and Advanced Placement classes I took during high school, I was able to gain enough college credit to amount to one semester of college. During the summer, I took a Women's Literature class at a local college; and during the Fall of my senoir year, I took a Math class at a local college (at night after a regular day of high school). My favorite class was my Dual Credit Physics class, where I learned about frequency, periods, and waves.
At my high school, I was president of Book Club, Service Leader of the National Honor Society, Track Team Captain, and one of the only girls on the Boy's Wrestling Team (there was no Girl's Wrestling Team). I also learned Karate wich taught me boxing, jiu jitsu, and self defense at a local park.
I'm involved with GlobalGirl Media (GGM), a non-profit organization that empowers high school girls from underserved communities by giving us a voice through media and journalism. GGM has allowedme to earn the oportunity to be the Spring Intern, be interviewed by Paola Gianturco (a photojournalist) for her upcoming book, and go to Berlin, Germany for an all girls summer leadership camp, and this summer to cover the Democratic National Convention as the youngest reporter. GGM has taught me how to use a camera, interview subjects, edit and direct videos, lead group discussions, write blog posts, and many leadership skills.
In addition, I volunteer at a bike shop called Bikes N' Roses in Albany Park learning how to build and fix bikes, interact with customers, and manage a business. With Bikes N' Roses, I decided to take part in a 210 mile bike ride from Albany Park to Springfield over the course of three days (70 miles each day) to make a point to legislators to invest in youth.
Although I have a busy schedule, I like to make time for other things. In my free time, I enjoy listening to the latest alternative/Indie rock hits, drawing, taking pictures, and spending time with my family and friends.
Because of my academics, clubs, sports, activities, and family, I am on my way to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where I hope to major in Mechanical Engineering, minor in Women’s Studies, and pursue my passion for journalism, but I need your help to keep moving forward and pursue my dreams. Money should never be the reason why someone stops learning!
I had such an amazing experience as the youngest reporter to cover the Democratic National Convention (DNC). I was able to be a part of a historical moment that I will never forget! Here are the links to the news interviews I had.
Exclusive interview with ABC7 news before attending the DNC:
Interview with ABC7 news after the DNC:
Live Interview with CBS2 news after the DNC: