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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month: Vasti Hernandez

Vasti Hernandez
Vasti Hernandez

To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, UA Little Rock is profiling some exceptional students. Meet Vasti Hernandez, a future healthcare provider, Donaghey Scholar, student reporter, and volunteer translator!

What is your name, grade, and hometown?

My name is Vasti Hernandez, and I am a senior nursing student. I’m from Glenwood, Arkansas.

What field of study are you pursuing, what motivated you to choose it?

I’m a nursing major. I knew from a young age that I wanted a career in healthcare, but I wasn’t sure what exactly that would be. I chose nursing because I saw the care my nurses gave meduring a series of health issues I faced. Those nurses made a lasting impact on my life, and I aspire to give others that same level of love and care. At the same time, nursing is also very fast-paced and allows me to continuously learn something new every day.

What made you choose UA Little Rock?

I chose UA Little Rock because I wanted to live in the city, but also not be too far from home. UA Little Rock is also known for its excellent nursing program, which was a bonus for me. The transition from a smaller high school to UA Little Rock was also smooth as the campus was the perfect size for me.

What organizations and clubs are you involved in on campus?

I am a co-editor and writer for the UA Little Rock newspaper, the Forum, a member of the League of United Latin American Citizens, and a third-year Donaghey Scholar. I also volunteer at Harmony Health Clinic in Little Rock as an interpreter.

When will you graduate, and what do you hope to do after graduation?

I will graduate in May 2024. As for what field of nursing I would like to pursue, I am still undecided. However, I would like to someday be an oncology nurse or work in a gastroenterology clinic, and later on, pursue a master’s degree.

Why do you think it’s important to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month?

It is important to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month because it’s a time to reflect on how far the Hispanic community has come and to recognize the hard work and dedication our families have put forth. It also teaches us more about Hispanic culture and how we can continue to integrate it in our lives.