Julio Rodriguez finds a community at Clemson University

April 7, 2022

Clemson University junior Julio Rodriguez learned many things from his parents, but two lessons that stick out as he pushes toward graduation is the value of an education and a strong work ethic.

Julio Rodriguez, left, poses for a shot with Julio Hernandez at Noche de Ciencias at Sevier Middle School in Greenville.

Julio, who is majoring in electrical engineering, said that he grew up knowing that his father, Jose, and mother, Maria, wanted him and his three sisters to go to school and make something of themselves.

In middle school, Julio started working with his father, a painting contractor, during the summers and school breaks. In high school, Julio kept helping his father but also picked up a job at a fast food restaurant.

“My parents prepared me to be here, and me being here is the best fit for me,” Julio said. “I really enjoy school. I love it here. I have found a community here.”

Julio, who is from Easley, is now serving as president of the Clemson chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE). He started with the chapter as a freshman and hasn’t missed a single meeting.

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