Rachel Rodriguez

2008 Major: History, minor in Political Science, certificate in Information Science

Currently: Senior Producer, CNN International — London, UK

How has being a History graduate from Duke helped shape your professional success?

"Philip Graham, the former publisher of the Washington Post, said "journalism is the first rough draft of history," and earning my history degree gave me skills that I use as a journalist every day. The ability to look at documents with a critical eye, put current events into historical context, and write clearly and analytically are skills that I honed at Duke and have served me well."

What advice would you give students in History?

"Ignore the people who say "what in the world are you going to do with a history degree?" A degree in the social sciences or humanities teaches you to write, to think critically, to synthesize and evaluate information from various sources, to communicate clearly. Those are valuable qualities in any profession."

Rachel Rodriguez
Senior Producer, CNN International — London, UK