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The Cheerleader: Hector Hernandez

The Cheerleader: Hector Hernandez


That’s the cool thing about culture. Back home, if someone told me I would be in Spirit Squad, I would not have believed that It makes you stronger. It makes you meet a lot of people and you have a lot of fun. It’s kind of addicting, though. Because when you get a stunt, you want to move on, go to harder stunts and you want to try more difficult things and you want to just keep progressing. And, its— honestly, it’s awesome. My name is Hector Hernandez. I’m from Caracas, Venezuela and I’m a sophomore here at TU studying Petroleum Engineering. While growing up in Caracas, I used to do a lot of sports. I did everything from basketball to ping pong to swimming, everything. My high school was close-knit, like TU is. Also, when you walk around campus, you always see familiar faces. So you always say hi because you actually feel like you’re somewhat at home. When I came to TU, obviously, greek life was pretty noticeable. I didn’t want to just jump into it. I felt like in my first semester, I’m just settling into a new life, new country, new people, new everything. So a friend had told me, “Hey dude, you should join. It’s going to make your life a lot easier.” “You’re gonna meet a lot of people, a lot faster.” So I did and he was right. That was the first organization that I joined and every organization that joined after that it was because of some brother at Kappa Sigma. But there were only two KSigs in the Spirit Squad. And I saw them do it and I had no intention to join. Until another friend that was in the Spirit Squad—that was good friends with us He was like, “Hey dude, you should join the Spirit Squad.” I was like, “What are you talking about?” And he was like, “Yeah, just come to an open gym, practice and you’ll like it.” So I did. I met the team. I met the coach. I thought it was pretty fun. I always refer to it as a kind of a fun workout and the people are great. We always have fun and a lot of laughs. It’s kind of hard to do it, but it’s also addictive. Because when you try out something new and you pull it off, you just want to keep going. My advice to international students is not to be afraid. Be open-minded. Sometimes you get a little homesick. It’s not very usual to be so far away from home. But just keep in mind what you are here for. And just have fun with it. Have fun with it. When you get into TU, it really opens a lot of doors for you. It’s just up to you to keep them open.

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