Studying full-time while still climbing up the corporate ladder is not a career route that just anyone has the mental fortitude to take. Recent FNU Graduate Giomar Hernandez embraced the adversity and found success, even when changing his field of study halfway through. Entering FNU as a Radiology major in 2013, Giomar was working at the Airport in what he described as a menial position. But once he was able to get a behind-the-scenes view of what Airport Security, Customs and Border Control was really like, he fell in love and subsequently changed his major to Criminal Justice.
It is no secret that FNU students are perseverant and always find ways to work past life’s challenges. Giomar’s case is no different: “It wasn’t easy. The hardest part was making time. I had to accommodate and take night/online classes just to get my career going. I never slept.”
The struggles started to pay dividends as Giomar began rising within the Airport, working in Security, Immigration, Cargo Inspection and now Enforcement. Ultimately, Giomar’s goal is to become a Customs and Border Protection Officer.
Giomar graduated March 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. We were able to catch up with him and he left these inspiring words to current students that may be going through similar struggles: “Don’t go crazy. It’s a long journey but if you want to succeed, you have to work hard. Don’t give up, no matter what. You might want to quit, but you always have to have a strong mentality. Keep at it. There’s always going to be struggles along the way, but you’ll eventually see the results.”