Belizean soon-to-be college graduate, founds COBEC

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Posted: Friday, May 12, 2017. 9:21 a.m. CST.

Picture: Murray State University

By BBN Staff : A young Orange Walkena will graduate from Murray State University on May 13 with a New York City internship under her belt.

Giselle Hernandez completed her Associate degree at home and was seeking opportunities to further her education abroad.

Hernandez found the Consortium for Belize Education Cooperation (COBEC).

Murray State has a partnership with COBEC and the program allows for Belizeans to receive in-state tuition while studying at affiliated universities in the United States.

According to Hernandez, Murray State University was highly recommended to her by other Belizean students.

Hernandez is now pursuing a major in public relations and a minor in creative writing.

Dr. Marcie Hinton, of Porter Novelli firm approached Hernandez last year about an internship opportunity in New York City with the public relations firm.

“Apart from working at a great company with a wonderful, stimulating environment, I got to explore the city and get out of my shell,” said Hernandez. “I got to meet so many people, each one teaching me something new about myself.”

Hernandez worked as a new business development and marketing intern but was able to help in several other departments as well.

The article on the University’s website stated that Hernandez enjoyed and is proud of rebranding the company logo to make it LGBT themed and that logo was shared on social media.

As for Hernandez’s favorite memory from her time at Murray State, it was experiencing her first snow.

“In Belize it doesn’t snow, so being able to go sledding and have snowball fights with my friends was a phenomenal experience,” said Hernandez.

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