Making the most out of life

Emmanuel “Manny” Hernandez-Sanchez of Mexico, Missouri, took advantage of opportunities at the University of Missouri to learn and grow both personally and professionally.

May 6, 2024
Contact: Courtney Perrett,

Growing up, Emmanuel “Manny” Hernandez-Sanchez’s parents encouraged him to step outside of his comfort zone and explore new experiences. So, when the Mexico, Missouri, native transferred to the University of Missouri from a community college, he quickly immersed himself into campus life.

In the span of two years, Hernandez-Sanchez joined multiple campus organizations, including the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Association of Latino Professionals for America, Association of Latin American Students and Pi Sigma Epsilon. Because of his service, leadership and academic prowess, Hernandez-Sanchez was inducted into Mizzou ’39 this spring. Now, he’s graduating with a bachelor’s degree in communication, and he hopes his accomplishments inspire younger family members to continue pursuing their dreams.

Read on for a Q&A with Hernandez-Sanchez about his Mizzou experience.

Why did you choose Mizzou?

When I was younger, many of my teachers talked highly of Mizzou, and I looked up to them because they showed they cared about me.

How did you take advantage of hands-on learning opportunities on campus?

I made connections with my professors. They cared about me and gave me opportunities and resources to use and learn from.

What was your favorite thing about campus?

Getting to meet all the amazing people here at Mizzou and just learn about them. Everyone has a different background, and that’s what makes Mizzou special.

What was your favorite class?

My favorite class was cultures and communication with Dr. Kevin Hales. It gave me good insights about culture and the way that we use it in everyday communication. Also, Dr. Hales is a great professor and very passionate about what he's teaching.

What’s your favorite Mizzou memory?

My favorite Mizzou memory is attending the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers national convention for the past two years. I made a lot of professional connections by attending those events.

Why are you proud to be a Tiger?

I'm proud to be a Tiger for all the resources the university has provided me as a first-generation college student. This university has done a great job of allowing me to take advantage of the many resources they have through the help of my amazing advisor as well as my awesome professors.

What would you tell someone who’s interested in coming to Mizzou?

Don’t be afraid to talk to anyone, whether that’s professors, peers or other people on campus. Develop those relationships — there are a lot of great people and a lot of great resources here at Mizzou. After coming to Mizzou, I've met many people from around the country and the world, which has allowed me to make great connections and led to great opportunities.

What’s next for you?

After graduation, I plan to find a job in the financial technology field and grow my knowledge on that subject.

Story written by Eric Stann

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