Meet the Class of 2023

María José “Majo” Rodríguez Velázquez

Friar Name: Friar Fräulein
Hometown: Tampico, Tamaulipas, MEXICO
Major: International Relations, minor in German

Activities & Honors:

  • President – Mex@Penn
  • Co-President – Penn German Society
  • Founder – Pintando Sonrisas
  • Executive Board – College Cognoscenti
  • Co-founder – Correos con Cariño
  • Associate Consultant – Penn Policy Consulting
  • Advisor – CWiC/Communication  Curriculum
  • Cipactli Latino Honor Society
  • Member – CYAP/Civic Youth Action Partnership
  • Singer – FUERZA
  • 2022 Daniel B. Shumway Prize Winner (Chosen by Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures)
  • Published in Equilibria, Spring 2021

Hobbies: Taking long walks to explore the city, listening to music (a lot of reggaeton), hanging out with my friends, wine & cheese nights, playing volleyball
Favorite Book: Cien Años de Soledad by Gabriel García Márquez
Favorite Movies: It (Both 1 & 2), Mamma Mia!
Favorite Food: My grandma’s Mexican food, Taco Bell
Favorite Quote: “Consistency is the playground of dull minds.” ~ Yuval Noah Harari and
“Y la miró por última vez para siempre jamás con los ojos más luminosos, más tristes y más agradecidos que ella no le vio nunca en medio siglo de vida en común, y alcanzó a decirle con el último aliento: —Sólo Dios sabe cuánto te quise.” ~ Gabriel García Márquez, from El Amor en Tiempos de Cólera
English Translation: “He recognized her despite the uproar, through his tears of unrepeatable sorrow at dying without her, and he looked at her for the last and final time with eyes more luminous, more grief-stricken, more grateful than she had ever seen them in half a century of a shared life, and he managed to say to her with his last breath: “Only God knows how much I loved you.”

Plans After Penn: Nothing set in stone, maybe working in Germany, traveling, or Grad school…