Elliot Hernandez '12

Majors: Social Work, Juvenile Justice & Youth Advocacy

A native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Elliot Hernandez's '12 first winter in Boston was a bit of a shock. "The cold weather was definitely a huge change," he laughed. "But I'm used to it now.

"I really wanted to explore a different area of the country," Elliot explained. "And Boston's such a great college town. There are so many different colleges in the area; I can end up playing pick up basketball with guys from three different schools."

Being part of Wheelock's basketball team has been a defining experience for Elliot. "Our team is like family," the 6'2" guard said. "Everyone lives on campus, and most of the guys are roommates. It's great to have that support and camaraderie."

Off the basketball court, Elliot finds strength in other areas of the Wheelock community.

"I really admire my friend Milbrey Hendrix '11 and Sherard Robbins '11," Elliot said. "We all lived in the same dorm last year. They both took the time to really get to know me. Milbrey and Sherard are people who always find the good in things-and they've helped me to do the same."

Similarly, Prof. Willie Rodriguez reinforces that viewpoint in the classroom. "He taught my Introduction to Juvenile Justice class," Elliot said. "We learned that once you see the good in someone-especially a person who has been labeled ‘delinquent' so young-you can take the proper steps to change that person's life."

"That's why I want to work in Juvenile Justice. I'm an optimistic person. I'm always striving to better myself, I want to help other people be the best that they can be too."