Brandon Rodriguez ’17
What have you been up to since graduation?
Currently I am attending Rutgers University majoring in exercise science and eventually physical therapy. I would like to take the organizational and leadership skills acquired at MCC and use them at Rutgers to continue my advocacy for Leukemia awareness.
What is one of your greatest achievements while at MCC?
Establishing The Annual Leukemia Awareness Walk at Middlesex County College that raised awareness and funds for leukemia research. The “Believe Tonight” walk was established in the spring 2016 Semester in loving memory of my mother who passed away from Plasma Cell Leukemia.
What is your fondest memory of MCC?
Hosting the “Believe Tonight” walks and the support received from the faculty and staff at MCC. They rallied around the cause and I was humbled by the outpouring of support.
What was your favorite place on campus, why?
My favorite place on campus was the Student Life Office. It became my second home. I connected with the staff and administrators really well. They helped me form the walk, and have given me guidance in everything I do today!
Who was your favorite professor and why?
My favorite professor at Middlesex County College was Professor Jeremy Nickerson. After the loss of my mother, Professor Nickerson supported me through it all and still continues to do so today. I am grateful for the roles he has and continues to play in my life professor, mentor and friend. Thank you Professor!
If you could offer a current MCC student advice, what would it be?
The moment you walk into Middlesex County College, BE A LEADER. Middlesex is a great stepping stone for students to go outside their comfort zone. Getting involved with different organizations on campus will help you to cultivate and develop leadership skills that will transfer into your professional and personal life.
Why was attending MCC the right decision for you?
Without the guidance and support I received at Middlesex County College, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity of turning a negative situation into a positive one. By founding the “Believe Tonight” walk, my goal is to continue bringing inspiration, awareness and advocacy for all cancer patients and victims!