A biology student with a full plate of classes, labs and activities, Rolando Cordova Vargas also finds time to volunteer with Mission House, a homeless day facility in Jacksonville Beach. He has volunteered for more than seven years as a translator for Spanish speaking homeless adults who come to the facility and more. Rolando is committed to his college experience at UNF and loves being an Osprey.
Get to Know Rolando
What is your major and why did you choose it?
My major is biology. I decided on biology because I have always been fascinated with how living things function and are able to exhibit such a wide range of diversity here on Earth. From the simplest living organism to the more complex organism such as ourselves, there is so much that biology has to show us in respect to how we are alike and different.
Where are you from?
I am from Lima, Peru. I came to the United States when I was 6 years old. My parents sought the opportunity for a better future for my siblings and me. I would have to say that my parents could not be any happier knowing that I am attending college and part of the Osprey family.
Why did you decide to attend the University of North Florida?
Affordability would have to be the main reason why I decided to attend UNF. Plus it sports a really nice campus that is growing both in structure and student body.
What has been your coolest UNF experience so far?
The coolest UNF experience so far was watching the UNF basketball team win their first Atlantic Sun [championship] and earning their first invitation to the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.
When you are looking to de-stress and relax a bit, where do you go on campus?
All I can say is the student wellness complex. As soon as you enter, it just speaks for itself. I remember my first time entering and being amazed by not just how big it is, but also by how many things it has to offer. My main focus is particularly the second floor. I have learned that I am able to de-stress and relax by working out. Plus there is nothing better than going to Jamba Juice after a workout to finish up being completely de-stressed.
If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see?
I would have loved to witness the demolition of the Berlin wall. Not only did the wall divide East and West Germany, but it also divided family and friends. In life, unity with family and friends is a very important gateway to being able to understand one another. The demolition of the wall made the world know the importance of unity.
When will you graduate? What do you want to do after graduation?
Hopefully, I will be graduating by the fall of 2018 or maybe even earlier. After graduating, I plan to attend medical school to become a general internist.