Aislynn Rodeghiero, Director, Alumni and Class Engagement
Where did you grow up? Why aren’t you there now?
I was born in Dayton, Ohio and lived there til I was 5. My father’s job took the family to Massachusetts and we settled in Norfolk, a small suburban town about 35 miles from Boston. Ten years ago, I bought my childhood home so I am in the very same place I grew up! There have been modernizations to the home by way of new windows, roof, paint colors, etc. but all of the special memories of family, holidays, etc. remain.
What path brought you to BC?
I had a wonderful high school experience at a small, private school in the Greater Boston area. I thought I wanted a similar feel for my college experience. I also had abysmal SAT scores that were not reflective of my classroom academic performance, so I opted to apply to NESCAC schools that did not require score submission. I chose Connecticut College given its proximity to home and the relationship I developed with the basketball coach. Well, in the middle of my freshman year, the coach left, and the interim coach wasn’t a great fit. I also had a terrible roommate who wore my clothes and “sexiled” me nearly every weekend to spend time with her hometown boyfriend. I was miserable. I decided to participate in a Conn College sponsored program that allowed students to do semester-long exchange programs at other local colleges. I did a semester at Brown University and one at Wellesley College. It was a wonderful opportunity - the only kicker was that students were expected to return to Conn to complete their college experience. I applied to BC for transfer admission, a school I dreamt of attending as a high school student, but thought was off the table because of my poor SAT scores. With two years of solid college academics under my belt, BC was a viable option and I gained admission. My path to BC was clumsy and untraditional, but it was the perfect place for me. I played two years of basketball and found a home within the PULSE and service communities.
What are you most passionate about professionally?
I am most passionate about helping others grow through mentorship and professional development opportunities. I am also passionate about identifying problems (with underperforming individuals/teams) and developing strategies to support improvement. People are at the heart of my professional passion: helping them grow, and reach their highest and best.
Where can we find you when you’re not working? What’s your favorite way to spend a weekend or Sunday afternoon?
One of two places: at the lake, or on the couch. We have a little lake place in Holland, MA and it has become a slice of heaven. My blood pressure drops at least 10 points as I roll into the driveway. It has become a happy place, where family and friends gather to relax, refresh, reflect and enjoy each other’s company. Be it trolling around on the pontoon, going for an early morning kayak spin or marveling at the hummingbirds as they enjoy their nectar - it is a special place.
An introvert, I need quietude in order to re-up my energies. Over the last few years, I have come to really appreciate the power of naps. On a Sunday afternoon, I love a good power nap (30 minutes or so), under a warm, cozy blanket with the pups nearby.
Any volunteer activities you’re crazy about?
I love animals! Each year, I go to Aruba to love on the street dogs, and volunteer at Sgt. Pepper’s rescue. I have adopted two dogs from there, but they do an amazing job taking dogs from street life and placing them in loving homes. I also go to Mexico annually to support vet-led spay and neuter efforts, working to minimize the street dog population in Mexico City.
Who is your hero? Why?
Though it sounds cliche, my mom is my hero! She has been the one unwavering constant in my life, and for that, I am abundantly grateful. She is intelligent, fierce, compassionate, kind, brave, funny and loving. Her superpower is encouragement. I have thousands of cards saved that she has sent me over the course of my life, sending love, encouragement and well wishes for different life events. Her kindness knows no bounds. Despite surviving many obstacles, she remains upbeat, positive and steadfast. I’d be honored to be half the woman she is one day.
Who is your mentor? How did you connect with them?
Prior to last year, I didn't have a mentor. I wished for one, but never seemed to find someone who embodied what I was looking for: strong leadership, technical expertise and compassion. As I onboarded to BC last year, I had the amazing pleasure to meet a handful of women who have become my mentors. They are smart, accomplished, caring and discerning and have taught me great lessons about how to navigate the BC culture as a strong woman.
What’s the most interesting place you’ve visited?
Angel’s Rest at Best Friends in Kanab, Utah. It is an amazing place that memorializes lost beloved pets through windchimes. In order to get to Angel’s Rest, you hike up beautiful, mountainous terrain and then get to this gorgeous landscaped area filled with gorgeous windchimes, creating songs that absolutely take your breath away. It is absolutely gorgeous and a phenomenal expression of unconditional love.
What would be impossible for you to give up?
Ice cream and wint-o-green mints.
What’s one thing you want to accomplish before you die?
I want to make sure that I have appropriately told the people I love/admire how much they mean to me.