Inspiring Latina Of The Week: The Weather Channel News Anchor Anaridis Rodriguez

What would you say is the most challenging part of your job? 

Being surrounded by such weight of experience is so humbling! You have Sam Champion, who has decades of experience in the television industry. You have Maria LaRosa, who's been at The Weather Channel for years. Then, you have Mike Bettes, who's the senior meteorologist here and been here for like 18 years. Trying to maintain my own definitely keeps me on my toes, but it's a good challenge. I enjoy that, so I'm constantly looking for ways to learn from them and feed off of them and that has been the biggest learning curve -- being able to just hold my own at that desk and still be myself.

What would you say to Latinas who want to pursue a career in your field?

Work hard! Preparation! What's that quote that says: "Opportunity is a combination of preparation and luck?" Something along those lines! (Editor's Note: It's "Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.") 

In Massachusetts, I was the only Latina on air, so it would be great seeing a new generation of Latinas in the industry that represent the America that is out there and represent our population. I think the best advice I could give is work hard and prepare yourself -- because that's going to set you apart.

Awesome! Any final words for Latina.com?

I love Latina, and I read it myself all the time. I would say that anything you put your mind to, you can achieve. Dreams really do come true if you work hard. I am such a firm believer, especially after the three months that I've had. It's definitely changed my outlook on working hard and having it pay off and having your dreams come true. If you really envision it, and you put your mind to it you can do it -- it sounds cliché but it's really true.

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Cristina Arreola, Associate Editor

Originally from El Paso, Texas, Cristina Mari Arreola earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to New YorkNew York. In her downtime, you can usually find her scouring the city for the most authentic Mexican food (still looking...), scaring herself silly watching horror movies, or frantically reading a novel from her (extremely lengthy) reading list. . You can follow her on Twitter at @c_arreola

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