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Raphael Rodriguez

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"The hardest thing to do is work hard when no one is watching."

Raphael Rodriguez is from Woodbridge, Virginia, and is a sophomore in Computer Engineering with a 3.67 GPA. He says the best thing about being a Virginia Tech engineering student is the humility that comes with working hard and preserving trials and tribulations. When Raphael was in middle school, he dreamt about making a lot of money to help his significant others. Now that he is at Virginia Tech, he dreams about becoming an entrepreneur and motivating others to do the same. If he could change one thing, he would change the habit of comparing himself to others. 

Currently, Raphael is the assistant coordinator for the pathways program for CEED, and he is also a CEED mentor. He is also involved in the volunteer service at his church, which includes bible study school and confirmation retreats. In his free time, he enjoys working out at the gym, playing rugby, and barbering. 

Raphael mentioned that Ray Lewis is his role model because of his mentality to never give up even when things look hopeless. He also says his favorite cartoon character is Rigby from the Regular Show because of his humor and spirit.