My Name is Melissa Merry Hernandez. I am a senior History major at Chowan University. Born and raised in the Bronx, NY, I have always struggled with seeing myself as capable of much of anything. Chowan University changed this mindset for me. While I was raised in a household with two loving Puerto Rican parents, everyone else in the inner-city saw me as just another statistic, bound to end up pregnant and a high school dropout. Contrary to what my surrounding told me about myself, Chowan saw me as a student with overwhelming potential. Upon arriving in Murfreesboro, NC, I was given a position as a tour guide in admissions. The counselors in the office convinced me that I was capable of almost anything. With this new-found confidence, I joined clubs, and decided to focus academically. Now, I am the President of two of the largest organizations on campus, the Chowan University Honors College and the Phi Beta Chapter of Alpha Chi. I was also selected by President White as a Presidential Ambassador to represent the University and his office.

I have been inducted into several other honor societies including Alpha Lambda Delta, Pi Gamma Mu, and Sigma Tau Delta. I’ve also dedicated a significant amount of time to service-driven organizations like Rotaract International and Campus Ministries. While I give most of my time to these organizations and academics, I spend my free time with my residents serving as a Resident Director for Chowan University’s Residence Life. I’ve always been passionate about service, and for this reason, I wish to be a Public Servant in New York City. Upon graduating, I hope to pursue a dual degree in Law and Policy Studies at Georgetown University. Once I receive my degree, I will return to the South Brown and give back to my community by initiating legislation that will better the residents in the inner-city.