Congratulations to the thousands of students across CUNY who earn degrees this month, many of them in math. This interview features one graduate, Mayte Rojas.

**AT:** Mayte, first of all, congratulations on your graduation! You earned a Master’s of Science degree in Mathematics from City College. How does it feel to accomplish this?

**MR:** I feel empowered having been able obtain an MS in Mathematics from City College. At the beginning of my graduate career, I felt both intimidated and excited to be able to start this new journey at City College, but having been able to overcome any fear that I had at the beginning of this journey and fully enjoying my learning experience here at CCNY until the end is amazing.

**AT:** You were an undergraduate math major at College of Staten Island. What drew you to math in the first place?

**MR:** I was first drawn to math in middle school when I learned algebra. I felt as if I had just gained a magic power being able to solve for an unknown variable. Compared to other classes, I appreciated the clear structure of math.

**AT:** What was the best part, academically, of your experience at City College?

**MR:** The best part has been able to study under very diverse professors. As a minority, one can’t help but to find inspiration in those who have already accomplished so much.

**AT:** There are a lot of initiatives these days about diversity recruiting into STEM fields. What is your perspective on this as a Latina in the math world?

**MR:** I think that this recruitment will be very successful because I believe that being Latina helped shape my interest in math. I believe that there is already a lot if interest in STEM fields among diverse populations, and with the right support at the right time this interest will flourish.

**AT:** Mayte, you mentioned before how your professors inspired you. You also teach undergraduate courses at CUNY, and I’m sure you’re an inspiration to *your* students. Thanks for sharing your thoughts for this conversation.

Congratulations to the Class of 2016!

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