Medardo Hernandez
Nashville, TN

Hi, my name is Medardo Hernandez and I'm one of Tennessee's Best!

I was born in Cali, Colombia and moved to the United States when I was 10 years old. My family settled in Nashville, TN where I spent 3 ½ years at McGavock High School. I then graduated from Mt. Juliet High School.

I am the first in my family to go to college in the United States, so the whole experience was very new for me. I did some research on schools, looking for something that was not too far away from home but also not too close. I wanted to go to a school where I would have a support system to guide me. A lot of my friends from high school chose MTSU and it was the school I heard the most about, so I decided it would be a good fit for me. I was granted the Raider Scholarship my freshman year and also the DREAM Scholarship (Diverse Representation and Educational Access at MTSU), which would help pay my tuition for four years.

I was excited about the opportunity to attend college and to move out on my own. My freshman year I lived on campus in Womack Lanes apartments. Later I decided to move into a brand new house just 10 minutes away from campus with some friends. Independence can be a big shocker, but that is one of the great things about college. You are surrounded by more mature people, which helps you to grow into a young adult and be responsible for yourself.

There is much to do on campus and many resources to take advantage of. Whether it's watching a movie or play in one of the campus theaters, playing club sports in our Health, Wellness and Recreation Center, or using Rosetta Stone to study a foreign language, MTSU has something for everyone.

MTSU is a large university, which makes our diversity great. The students enjoy meeting and getting to know new people. I have made many new friends here, and even though our campus is so big I still get to see and hang out with many old friends that I haven't seen in a while.

There are also friends waiting to be made inside the classroom- both with other students and with your professors. I have been able to have many one-on-one conversations with my professors and I know I can go to them if I need help. They want to see you do your best; they will push you to do so and to be responsible for your actions. The experience you receive in the classroom is one that will help you to put your best foot forward and get ahead in life.

My ultimate goal is to study marine biology. I would love to complete an internship at Seaworld and one day have my own show on the Discovery channel. At MTSU I am studying animal biology, which will give me the foundation I need to fulfill this goal.

So I encourage you to come and see how MTSU can help you achieve your own goals. I made the right decision for myself in choosing MTSU. I'm one of Tennessee's Best, and I would love for you to be one, too.