What’s it like to walk in someone else’s shoes?
That thought often creeps up in Gabrielle Rodriguez’s mind.
“I always have felt like the bigger reason I am here on this Earth is that I am entitled to help or change the world,” said the University of Michigan-Dearborn senior. “I am a very motivated and driven person and I put 110 percent into everything I am passionate about.”
Gabrielle’s compassion for others helped earn her the title of “Difference Maker.”
She is involved in a number of campus activities, but some of her strongest bonds lie with her sisters. Gabrielle serves as president of UM-Dearborn’s Panhellenic Council.
Her close ties to the Greek community extend beyond UM-Dearborn’s campus, as Gabrielle has participated in a number of national conferences.
“Between all the positions that I've been elected to and the leadership conferences I've attended, I've really seen what it means to be a leader,” she said. “I encourage others to take full advantage of every opportunity that comes their way when it comes to getting involved on campus. A great leader not only knows how to lead individuals in the right direction, but also knows how to listen to their needs and leave a lasting impression for others to want to do the same and improve on greatness.”
Lynda Dioszegi can attest to Gabrielle’s leadership, as she serves as Panhellenic Council adviser.
“It is through these interactions with Gabby that I am witness to how passionate she is regarding Greek life and all the benefits that can be obtained from her involvement in it,” said Dioszegi, senior program adviser within the College of Business. “Gabby Rodriguez embodies all the qualities that a UM-Dearborn ‘Difference Maker’ should have. She is a leader and motivates those around her by example. Upon graduation, Gabby will serve as an ambassador of UM-Dearborn and demonstrate that the Dearborn degree does make a difference.”
Aside from her Greek life involvement, Rodriguez maintains her passion for anthropology. After graduation, she plans to pursue master’s and doctorate degrees, with hopes to travel the world and study human evolution.