Driedyn O’schay Hernandez
Driedyn O’schay Hernandez
North Webster, Indiana
Finance, Management, Marketing
“The biggest surprise about coming to Carthage is how personable everyone here is. You are genuinely able to walk down the main street to class and have a good conversation with anyone.”
How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?
“Carthage faculty are very dedicated; they are mentors who eventually become lifelong connections. I have had the pleasure of getting close to multiple professors, and they have been key motivators for not only my college career, but my for my career after college.”
“My favorite course is one of my fundamental classes for management; it has by far been one of my favorite classes. It’s a class in which I have made a genuine connection with every single peer as well as the professor.”
“I am involved in a few clubs/orgs on campus. I am an account executive for our student-run consulting firm, Velocity Consulting LLC. Velocity has given me real applicable work experience. If you want to understand real problems that occur in the business world, I recommend Velocity. I also am the CFO of The Front Office sports management organization. It has been a great way of making valuable connections in the professional sports industry.”
“I’d say my toughest class that I’ve taken would have to be Financial Accounting during J-Term. I ended up getting a pretty solid grade in that class, but the way I was pushed in that class was very challenging and ended up being a great lesson. It was an accelerated course that made you think critically and do so in a timely manner.”
Internships or on-campus employment
“I actually had a great early internship opportunity the summer before attending Carthage. It was at Keystone RV, where I was a finance exploration intern who helped with mid-year inventory and auditing, as well as projects in different fields. It was an awesome experience that I was very honored to get.”
“At Carthage, I am a career ambassador at The Aspire Center, where I help put on programs to help with career/internship search and do resume and cover letter reviews.”
“I’ve only gotten one Carthage scholarship, the Henry Queckenstedt Family Scholarship, but I’ve also received a handful of private scholarships from other foundations. It is huge to get any type of support, big or small, especially coming from a low-income family. It was a hard choice choosing a private education due to the pricing, but at Carthage, I have hope that it will all be worth it.”
Favorite spot on campus
“I would have to say my personal favorite spot is the seating area behind the Denhart Hall volleyball court. It has a perfect view of the lake and is a nice place to stop and call back home, do your homework, and even hang out with some friends.”
Biggest surprise so far
“The biggest surprise about coming to Carthage is how personable everyone here is. You are genuinely able to walk down the main street to class and have a good conversation with anyone. It is a very friendly campus that embraces everyone, despite the differences there may be.”
What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?
“I’d hope that my 8-year-old self would be unbelievably proud and maybe even shocked that, despite the circumstances he was given, he still was able to attend college. My 8-year-old self probably wouldn’t know what being a financial analyst is, but he would be happy he gets to see the Kenocean every morning.”
Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?
“Triple majoring can look very daunting from a glance, but Carthage has made it very obtainable. Finance is my primary major, and I believe that if you’re interested in not only numbers, but also in trying to predict future events, go for it. If it’s not for you, you can try one of the other 50+ areas of study.”
“I chose Carthage because of the immense amount of connections you can gain through school-sponsored events. Additionally, it is a beautiful campus placed between two cities full of opportunity. The dedicated, easily accessible professors create a learning environment like no other.”