Cumberland University


Cristhian Hernandez: Courting Excellence


Cristhian Hernandez is a man of many roles. A junior Management and General Business (Accounting Emphasis) double-major, Hernandez balances tennis matches, academic commitments, student government meetings, and resident assistant duties on a daily basis.

It is a difficult routine, but you only need to see Hernandez on the tennis court once to understand how the student athlete manages to not only succeed, but thrive under pressure.

“Every time I step in the court, I feel like I have to play with passion, with aggressiveness, with love for the sport,” Hernandez said. “I’m not the guy that is yelling to himself about his mistakes. I try to stay positive and motivate myself and fight for every single point. That’s my style.”

Hernandez has brought that same enthusiasm to all of his endeavors as an international student at Cumberland University. Originally from Colombia, Hernandez arrived at the University in the fall of 2009, finding himself in a very different environment.

Almost from the time of his first step on campus, however, Hernandez felt at home.

“I’m from Bogotá, Colombia, so coming to Cumberland was a huge change,” Hernandez said. “As soon as I arrived, I felt like I was starting a new stage in my life. I was very happy getting to know the people and international students here. I began to feel like I already belonged.”

Since that day, Hernandez has established himself as a powerful student, leader, and athlete. Hernandez has flourished in Cumberland’s International Students Organization (ISO), having served as the organization’s treasurer since mid-2011.

Also active in Cumberland’s Student Government Association, Hernandez has helped represent his fellow resident assistants as Residence Life Representative and recently campaigned to become Student Liaison.

Hernandez has also expanded his horizons as a scholar. Originally focusing on Management, the student athlete decided to study Accounting as well to follow in his mother’s footsteps. With the support of faculty at the Labry School of Business & Technology, Hernandez has done well in both fields of study.

“We have great professors at the business school,” Hernandez said. “Dr. Paul Stumb especially is a great person and is always supportive of students with questions. I like the program and the people.”