First generation college student rises into royalty

First generation college student rises into royalty

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Homecoming King and Queen Edgar Hernandez and Brittany Culp. Photo by Fares Sabawi

“Everything around me froze and all I could hear was my heart beating. I looked to my right where my escort smiled at me, then heard them announce my name. I had the biggest Kool-aid smile. I was speechless,” Edgardo “Edgar” Hernandez said.

Hernandez is a senior double major in Business Management and Information Systems and now, he’s Homecoming King of 2013. He is from Georgetown, Texas and is the first in his family to attend college.

Hernandez represented Kappa Sigma for this year’s Homecoming election. He said he considers himself very social and is involved in many other organizations such as Delta Sigma Pi, the Accounting Society and the Association of Information Technology Professionals.

Hernandez used many different tactics to get the voters’ attention: from flyers to social media like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. His slogan was “Smile For Edgar” with a happy face logo which was in every most visited building on campus.

“I ran for king to prove to myself that I had the motivation and determination to go

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through with a difficult task like winning homecoming king. It’s not just deciding to run, it takes commitment, discipline and a strong will to make sure that you are doing all it takes to win. That isn’t my attitude just toward this accomplishment. I apply it to everything else I do,” he said.

Hernandez said he felt it was a business practice opportunity using what he has learned in his degree so far at TAMUK. He used business skills to get the job done, getting his name out there and thinking about the customers or the voters. “It was a great opportunity for me since I am a business major. I could practice on my marketing and graphic designing skills that I have learned due to attending TAMUK,” he said.

Hernandez said he had a lot of help from his fraternity brothers to get his name out there. Friends of his friends helped him get even more votes.

“The whole fraternity helped. It gave me a great advantage because we are the largest fraternity on campus right now and all of us knowing different people helped greatly,” he said.

Hard work pays off when you give it your all and that is exactly what Hernandez said he did to become king and he knew he did well with all of his hard work in campaigning.

“In my mind I was nervous, but in my heart I knew I had this because of all the campaigning I did and the hard work would pay off,” he said.

Now that Hernandez is Homecoming King, he said he can enjoy the life of royalty while getting back into his old routine.

“It feels great. I feel honored to know that I am recognized by my peers, and I feel a whole lot better now that the nervousness is gone. I can sleep comfortably now. During the election I couldn’t because of all the excitement,” he said.



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