Last month was Black History Month, and Thailia Rodrigues' days were filled with a combination of Facilitating/planning Black History Month Events, group projects, papers, tests, and Applications. Currently Thailia is working at the UNC Marcus Garvey Cultural Center, a resource for students to have free printing, computer lab access, a lounge area and a positive community environment.
It's a great opportunity for Thailia as she is finding her job on campus the perfect compliment to her marketing class in the Monfort College of Business and her communication classes. Although she is very busy at UNC, she sees all of her opportunities as a blessing.
When reflecting back on high school Thailia still reminisces about her time DUDL.
She says, "Debate not only prepared me to speak with conviction but it also prepared me to listen, understand, and organize as these are all techniques used in debate. The most significant part of DUDL to me was the fact that in debate you don't know what side you are representing until you enter the debate. With that being said knowing and understanding multiple sides of a concept is a skill DUDL helped me develop and is a skill needed for the college classroom and environment as a whole. Although my days are busy I'm thankful to be here and taking advantage of the opportunities here at UN. I wish DUDL the best and can honestly say my experience with DUDL still influences me today and will always have a place in my heart."
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