Sebastian Rodriguez '20
BS, Business

Getting involved on campus provided Sebastian with the opportunity to connect with so many people, leading to some of the best lessons and experiences he he's had at WPI.

“Since coming here as a freshman, every single term has gotten better,” he says. “So many people here are willing to give and help without expecting anything in return.”

And Sebastian has found his own ways to give back. He's been a senator in the Student Government Association, a Resident Advisor, a Crimson Key Tour Guide, and served as a student representative on the Provost Student Advisory Committee. Heis involved in a number of other professional organizations and student activities, from WPI Toastmasters to the Ski & Snowboard Club to the Student Support Network.

He credits much to his positive outlook. “I am living the dream every single day no matter what happens. It's all about perspective … I feel so happy because I am working toward what I want in life, what I actually, truly want. And all the small things in the day, from helping people to learning from others, is what makes the big difference”.

After graduation, Sebastian hopes to continue helping others through coaching, speaking, and training on topics ranging from personal/professional development, to motivation, leadership, health, and nature.

Sebastian R.
Hometown
Miami, FL
Achievements
  • Senator, Student Government Association
  • Residential Advisor
  • Crimson Key Tour Guide
  • Recruitment Leader/Judicial Board, Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity
  • Student Representative, Provost Student Advisory Committee
Interests
  • Being outdoors and participating in sports
  • Physical activity
  • Learning about leaders
  • Living a vegan lifestyle
Hometown
Miami, FL
Achievements
  • Senator, Student Government Association
  • Residential Advisor
  • Crimson Key Tour Guide
  • Recruitment Leader/Judicial Board, Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity
  • Student Representative, Provost Student Advisory Committee
Interests
  • Being outdoors and participating in sports
  • Physical activity
  • Learning about leaders
  • Living a vegan lifestyle
Timeline Entry
7:00 AM

Go to breakfast at the Morgan Dining Hall and talk with the friendly staff while I get my food. I eat a huge plate of fruits and bowl of oatmeal every morning as I listen to a personal development audio from various thought leaders.

8:00 AM

Go to my first class

10:00 AM

Workout/Train through various exercises from calisthenics, weights, machines, Plyometrics, Yoga and Kenpo.

12:30 PM

Eat a great vegan lunch with random people I’ve never met before or other RA's.

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2:00 PM
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Go to more classes

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4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Go to team meetings or extracurricular activities I might have that day. Then I would do individual homework.

7:00 PM

Go to dinner!

8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Respond to emails, messages, notifications, etc. and read

9:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Then I would get ready to go to bed by checking in on my family, reflect on my day in my journal, etc.

[WPI] has given me the chance to experience how the real world works.
My faculty mentors made me open my eyes more to the opportunities the world offers.
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Arthur C. Clarke
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Noted Author and Pioneer in Satellite Communications

With more than 80 books of science fiction and nonfiction, including 2001: A Space Odyssey, Childhood's End and Rendezvous With Rama, Arthur C. Clarke is one of the most prolific and visionary writers of the modern age. In 1945 when he was just 28 he sketched out the idea for orbital communications satellites. Today, geosynchronous satellites float 22,300 miles above the Earth in what's known as the Clarke Orbit.

Educated in physics and mathematics, Clarke developed interests early on in both in interpreting the science and technology of today, and in envisioning the technological leaps of tomorrow. He once said, "As far as the future is concerned, any political or sociological prediction is impossible. The only area where there is any possibility of success is in the technological future."

An extraordinary imagination, rooted a breathtaking depth and breadth of knowledge, coupled with a brilliant talent for storytelling, are qualities that have endeared Clarke to millions of readers. He has expanded our consciousness in virtually every medium, including film, television and the printed page, and has won numerous awards and honors, including the Marconi International Fellowship, the IEEE Centennial Medal, the Hugo, the Nebula and the Science Fiction Writers of America Grand Master's Award. He has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Price and for the Academy Award (for 2001). In 1998 he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth.

Presented November 30, 2001 at Imagining the Future.

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[WPI graduates] hit the ground running when we go to whatever we choose to do after we graduate because we usually are doing those things already while we are students at WPI.

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