The University of South Florida’s departing student body president, Cesar Hernandez, will be graduating this spring, and his ambitions continue to guide his future.
Hernandez won the 2010/2011 election and his administration has since served admirably.
“We had every single level of government here except President Obama,” said Hernandez. “We had every district council member and mayoral candidate here to debate. We also hosted the state gubernatorial and federal senate debates, both of which were televised on CNN.”
Despite the academic year nearing its conclusion Hernandez’s commitment to his work has remained constant. Today, Hernandez and his team began an attempt to break the longest speech record, aiming to speak continuously for 78 hours.
He is scheduled to speak for 24 hours and is hoping to attract the attention of President Obama. Hernandez is focused on raising awareness on issues such as budget cuts, tuition increases and immigration. He has always been determined to inform the general public and it served as his primary motivation for pursuing office.
“The only reason why I did this was to serve the student body, to raise awareness,” said Hernandez. “We’re really getting the short end of the stick, especially this generation. I want them to see that.”
Alongside his contribution to Student Government, Hernandez has a reputable personal record. In March, he attended an awards ceremony in the United Arab Emirates for his policy presentation on immigration in the United States. Hernandez was among eight winners chosen out of 3,7000 applicants from 140 countries who participated in Education Without Borders, a biennial international student conference aimed at discussing and offering solutions for global problems.
But just last week he received yet another opportunity to meet influential people. Hernandez received a letter addressed to him directly from the White House. Inside was an invitation to attend Cinco de Mayo as a guest of President Obama.
Hernandez is a Biomedical Sciences major and plans to attend medical school. He will leave for the United Kingdom to pursue graduate studies at the University of Cambridge in England. To aid in his academic pursuits Hernandez applied for the prestigious Gates Cambridge scholarship.