UW Graduate School

Maria Rodriguez

Maria-RodriguezDissertation Scholars Fellow

Grad major: Social Work

Hometown: New York, NY

Undergrad institution: Alfred University

Undergrad major: Clinical Counseling & Child Psychology

Why did you decide to attend graduate school?

I want to change U.S. federal housing policy and obtaining a Ph.D. gets me a step closer to a position in which I can do so.

What are your career plans post-graduate school?

I hope to obtain tenure track professorship at a well-regarded university in order to build a portfolio of academic and public scholarship pursuant to an eventual position as U.S. Secretary of HUD.

What advice would you give undergraduates thinking about graduate school?

Pay attention: it’s easy to get distracted by the fact that this is your first time on your own.