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"If it wasn’t for the School of New Resources curriculum and classes, it would have taken me years and years to get a college degrees, and with three children to support and care for, I could have never afforded the time or money."

Evaliz Rodríguez
School of New Resources
John Cardinal O’Connor Campus
The College of New Rochelle


Evaliz, where are you from?

I was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico.


Tell us something about your family

My father is an architect and my mother is a pharmacist. They are from Puerto Rico. I have three wonderful children of my own, born during the course of my marriage. I am now a single parent.


Why did you decide to go to college?

I had always wanted to attend college, but due to my early marriage and the birth of my children, I could not afford to attend school. After my separation, I found myself at a cross-road in my life, and because of a desire, and necessity, I decided to continue my education.


Why did you decide to attend The College of New Rochelle?

The College of New Rochelle makes higher education possible for someone like myself: an adult student and a single mother. By obtaining six credits per class, I was able to finish my class work within a reasonable period of time. If it wasn’t for the School of New Resources curriculum and classes, it would have taken me years and years to get a college degrees, and with three children to support and care for, I could have never afforded the time or money.


What is the most challenging part about being a student?

I would say maintaining a balance between family and education. As a single parent, my children need me to provide them with love, stability and a positive role model. As a student, I have the responsibility of submitting excellent work and on time. Keeping these two parts of life in balance has been the most challenging aspect of being a student.


When do you attend classes?

I attend classes in the evening at CNR’s John Cardinal O’Connor Campus. This semester I have classes on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.


Do you have any favorite teachers?

Absolutely! Some of my favorite teachers are Adjunct Professors: Herb Boyd, Gay Lee, Drake Drakeford, Franklyn Edwards, Dr. Levere, and Dr. DeSalle, Assistant Dean for Curriculum and Instruction in the School of New Resources. By their encouragement and dedication to teaching, they have left a profound impression on me.  


What has surprised you the most about CNR?

Two things: the quality of the professors and the availability of the Instructional Staff. Also, I have been surprised (and thrilled!) at being able to attend Summer Institutes. The Institutes have given me the chance to obtain six credits in one month of intensive weekend classes.


When do you expect to graduate?

This coming May. I will then pursue a dual-masters degree in science and law at Columbia University. It is a dream come true for me, all thanks to The College of New Rochelle. 

To find out if  CNR is the right choice for you, please contact:


School of New Resources
Office of the Dean
The College of New Rochelle
29 Castle Place, New Rochelle, NY 10805
914-654-5334
email: snr@cnr.edu



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