Volume 1 | Issue 1January 27th, 2018 Meet Ashley HernandezGoals – in the future, I hope to research cancer and find a cure. Growing up on a small island, Ashley quickly learned the importance of hard work and standing out.What is your favorite part of continuing your education?I admire the opportunities that come with being a student. You are able to intern at a range of companies, that will prepare you for after college. You are also able to study abroad, and have the chance to meet people of all ethnic backgrounds. While these opportunities are available outside of college, I believe that in college everyone is working towards similar goals. There is a vast amount of opportunities with little to no distractions. Ashley and her family with whom she spends her free time with. (Bailey family photo).Any advice for future nursing students?Yes, never give up on your dreams and remember that anything is possible. Where did you grow up?I grew up about 50 miles south of Houston, on a small island called Galveston, Texas. It’s nice there, but the island made me want more for myself. You see, Galveston is somewheres everyone talks about escaping, but they never do. In Galveston, I feel as though it’s easy to blend in and get lost. That’s why I want to explore the world as a traveling nurse and then decide where I want to plant my roots.Who inspired you the most growing up?My father was my biggest inspiration and also my best friend. Unfortunately, he was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2012 and ultimately passed in the same year. He was a free spirit and loved the outdoors. He is a huge part of me and I live every day in his name. What do you like to do in your free time?I have a beautiful step-daughter and a daughter of my own on the way so I balance my free time out between spending time with my family and taking the time to study. My step-daughter and I, enjoy going to the beach and volunteering at the Galveston County Animal Resource Center.What is your highest professional achievement?My highest professional achievement is getting into the nursing program. When I graduate from Galveston College, I want to become a traveling nurse. I had other plans, but when my father was ill, I saw the demand for nurses. With my degree I hope to save lives and build my own while doing so.