Mikaela Rodriguez ’08

Mikaela Rodriguez

Burlington, Vermont

Major: Biology
Graduate studies: Vermont College of Medicine
Completed Fulbright in Indonesia

Mikaela Rodriguez spent her first year after Scripps in Indonesia teaching English on a ten-month Fulbright fellowship. Travelling in Southeast Asia, she found that Scripps readied her for life as an activist.

After her Fulbright, Rodriguez returned to her hometown of Juneau, Alaska, where she worked as a substitute teacher and then substitute teacher manager for a school district. Enjoying her work with kids, Rodriguez got involved with Big Brothers, Little Sisters. In addition, she worked on food sustainability issues with the Slow Food Group.

Now at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, Rodriguez is active in a number of student groups. She feels her Scripps biology major has prepared her especially well for her medical ethics courses and dealing with public health issues, strengths that are reflected in her life as an activist. After her anticipated graduation with a medical degree in 2016, Rodriguez hopes to find a place for integrative medicine in a medical practice.


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