student stories

adriel rodriguez '23

meet adriel rodriguez – bs in computer science with a concentration in cyber security ’23 – adriel is nothing if not persistent. his first year at college was very challenging because he had a difficult time balancing his full-time job with being a full-time student.

“working long night shifts in the er and being an athlete, i was biting off more than i could chew.” so adriel made the decision to take gap year so that he wasn’t spread so thin. and when he came back to school, he came back strong.

adriel had started his own web design business and had a more stable income. he realized that working fewer hours and going back to school and majoring in a technology-related field would be great for his future. “i love medicine! working in the er has opened my eyes to a great field that i’m very interested in, but at the same time i love technology, so i decided to combine the two fields. now i work on developing medical products using technology as well as keeping them safe.” adriel advises his fellow students to set goals and plan ahead. “know where you’re at in life and know where you want to be in 5 years. that way you can start figuring out how to get there!”

carla guerrera

meet carla guevara – ba in psychology ’21- accepting who you are and the importance of your voice can be a lifelong realization. carla decided to take positions of leadership at fisher college to speed up that process. as president of the black latin student association (blsa), carla emphasizes positive and informative discussions in the lives of pocs.

spending her childhood between mexico and the u.s., carla experienced prejudices that many poc face early on. this shook her confidence for a time, but coming to fisher changed her mindset. now she’s taking action and educating others through her work with blsa. “i want to be someone’s influence to step out of the dark and start doing something they enjoy.” however, carla’s leadership on campus doesn’t stop at blsa. this year she took on being an ra for the fisher housing office. these roles help carla show diversity on campus and encourage more students of color to get involved. “to create change, you have to unapologetically believe in yourself” is advice carla wishes to give to incoming students. you have a voice with immense worth, a voice carla wants her community and campus to use.

cassondra wu '22

after attending college in nj and majoring in chemistry, cassondra realized that the passion just wasn’t there. so she made the decision to come back home to boston and take a semester off. during this time she was exposed to the computer science industry through her father and brother and realized that problem solving and coding is her real passion.

cassondra has been able to work very closely with her professors and build strong connections because of fisher’s small size. these connections are what put her on the path to receiving a scholarship which will enable her to attend this year’s women in cybersecurity conference in denver!

“there is a huge demand for diverse women in the cybersecurity field. so being able to go to denver, where i will be meeting great leaders in the field and have the opportunity to learn and build connections, is a once in a lifetime experience that i’m so excited for!”

cassondra hopes to see more prospective students, especially women, who work in cybersecurity. “i was afraid when i switched majors. i didn’t know which path to take for a while, but i’m happy that i’ve opened myself up to new experience and found what fits me best.”

patricia barany '21

from a very young age, patricia decided that home is wherever her passport and bag decided to take her.  after leaving her home in romania, patricia moved to boston in order to attend fisher college. and in 2019 she decided to join the spring semester at sea program where she spent the entire semester on a ship sailing to 11 different countries while studying and doing coursework.  “semester at sea is home. it’s culture, learning, family, and a lifetime of experiences and memories."    

"this voyage gave me the opportunity to learn more about myself, to discover who i really am and helped me become a much better person.” during the trip, patricia was able to walk the great wall of china, swim in a river in vietnam, spend a day at a buddhist temple in myanmar, visit the taj mahal, enjoy a night out in tokyo, walk the old market in mauritius, go on a safari in south africa, learn how glass bottles are recycled into beads in ghana, spent a night under the stars in the moroccan sahara, and so much more! semester at sea also gave patricia the opportunity to meet people from all around the globe and learn how big the world can be and how many different cultures are out there. 

joel bailey '22

joel was born and raised in cameroon, moved to the u.s. at the age of 14, and after living in louisiana for 5 years he made the decision to go to college in boston. all of these experiences have shaped joel into the person he is today.  "i worked hard to learn english, worked harder to get to school, and i know that working hard is what is going to get me to where i want to be and will help me to fulfill my american dream.”  ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀

joel advises all students to put in the extra effort and try to get the best experience possible by being active and always trying new things! “getting an education is a privilege. a lot of people cannot attend school for a variety of reasons, that’s why we should all do the best while we can.”