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National Hispanic Heritage Month Spotlight Abigail Rodriguez

Abigal Rodriguez standing in front of Hispanic background with name and words National Hispanic Heritage onth

Abigail Rodriguez is a 24-year-old student of Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College. She was born and raised in Bowling Green, KY, to parents who migrated from Mexico. Her father is originally from Torreon, and her mother was born in Acapulco and raised in Guadalajara.

"My number one supporter is my parents, who push me daily to strive and be successful in life. I am thankful for all their love and support in all the goals I have set for my life. This one's for them, but especially for me. I stand where I am today because of them," says Abigail.
Abigail is studying Public Relations at SKYCTC and has one more semester until she graduates. "After I graduate from SKY, I plan to transfer my Associate Degree to WKU. Exciting, I know! I very much enjoy helping others, especially when it comes to my community. I want to be someone who, from everything I have received in my life, I return to others in my community -someone others can look up to and set forth their dreams and goals for themselves," says Abigail. 

"I am a very proud Hispana. That's for sure. I come from a huge family. The idea of being the first-born child with a degree in my family and being able to show off to the world all that hard work motivates me to keep going regardless of how hard life may get. If you fall, pick yourself right back and keep moving forward." 

"The Latina in me is an ember that blazes forever." – Sonia Sotomayor.
SKYCTC salutes Abigail Rodriguez for her rich Hispanic heritage and her spirit of determination. We also honor all Hispanic students at the college during National Hispanic Heritage Month.

About National Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 marks the first day of National Hispanic Heritage Month. The purpose of the celebration is to commemorate the cultural influences that U.S. Latinos, whose ancestors came from Mexico, Spain, the Caribbean, and Central and South America, have established in society throughout the years. It begins in the middle of the month because the national Independence Day of several Latin American countries, specifically Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua, coincides on September 15. Additionally, Mexico and Chile celebrate their Independence days on September 16 and 18. Columbus Day, which falls on October 12, is also considered part of the celebration period. Congressional awareness of the event started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week. It was expanded to an entire month twenty years later in 1988, thus concluding the celebration on October 15. Between 2010 and 2019, U.S. Latinos enrolled in higher education institutions jumped from 2.9 million to 3.6 million. This change is likely due to an increasingly bilingual or multi-lingual American population. From 2010 to 2020, Hispanics made up more than half of the total U.S. population growth.