Dylan Hernandez – Sports, Music, Family, Med School.
Interview with Dylan Hernandez, Sophomore at Bluffton High School.
How old are you?
What is the funniest thing that happened to you recently?
It was Memorial Day weekend and I was hanging out with my friends. We were running around and it’s a little muddy out. My friend slips out and just gets mud all the way down his back. I just started laughing at him. I had to drop him off at home to go and clean up a little bit. I thought it was the funniest thing ever.
[Laughing] Did he get your car dirty?
No. I made sure of that.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you choose to go and why?
I’d probably travel to Mexico and/or Brazil. I just think those two places are cool in my head. I speak Spanish because of my family. I think it would be cool to just explore down there.
You have found a suitcase containing $1 million. The authorities say it’s yours to keep. What do you do with it?
The smart thing to do with it would be to put some of it in savings and let it save up. I would spend the rest of it on stuff that I would find interesting. Probably on my car, a video game system and some music stuff.
Can you tell me a joke?
Why did the cookie go to the hospital?
I don’t know.
It was feeling crumby.
[Laughing] That’s a good one.
Tell me something about a parent or relative that you find awesome and you hope to accomplish someday?
I look up to my dad. He’s technically my step-dad, but he’s raised me since I was little. For me he’s my real dad. He’s a really hard worker and he’s always nice to everybody. Everybody he meets he is always nice to. Even if their mean to him he still always finds a way to be nice to them. I just love how he goes about life and always is a hard worker. I always strive to be the best of me possible and he always pushes me to be the best.
That’s good that you guys are so close.
What are you proudest of?
I am most proud of my older brother because of stuff that he’s been through. I’m just kind of proud all around of my family. All of us have been through hard times, but we are always going to have this close bond. We’ve always been able to push things through. My family isn’t one of those families that is very materialistic. Like, ’oh I’m proud of this trophy I’ve won’. I just am very proud of my family and being able to be around them. Showing them off almost. I just love my family
That is so awesome.
What do you wish that you knew how to do that you can’t right now?
I wish I could play piano. I’ve always wanted to learn. I can play a little bit of guitar, but not very much. I’m slowly teaching myself. I’m not brave enough to touch a keyboard yet so I think it would be really cool to learn.
Do you own a pet?
Yes. I own a Chihuahua. He’s 65 years old in dog years.
What’s his name?
How did he get his name?
Me and my brother were watching Max and Ruby at the time. My parents walk in with a dog. We didn’t know it was a dog at first. They were like ‘hey, come over her. We have something to show you’ and it’s this little puppy just running around. We were put to the task of naming it. The first thing we said was Max because it was Max and Ruby. We were like ‘now we need a girl dog so we can name it Ruby’, but it never happened.
I like it!
Are you involved in school sports, music or other activities?
I’m involved in both sports and music. I’m on the football team, wrestling team and track team. I am also part of the concert choir and chamber choir here at Bluffton.
Wow. You do a lot. You are really involved.
How about outside of school activities?
Not really. I’m pretty busy with the school stuff, but I do have time to hang out with my friends.
Do you think it’s important to speak and understand other languages?
Is there a language you want to learn? Why?
Greek. Just because I think it would be cool and I don’t know many people that can speak it. I think if I could learn Greek it would be something that you could show off and be like ‘hey, I can speak Greek’.
What is your favorite game to play and why?
My favorite game to play is probably Mexican Lottery. It plays more like Bingo. You have a deck of cards and they have pictures on them. So you have a card and you pull it out and it will be like ‘Ladder’, but it’s in Spanish. You put it down and the first person that gets something will scream Loteria! I just think it’s fun. We played it at parties when I was younger.
Who is one of your friends that make you laugh all the time?
Reece. He’s a taller kid so he makes fun of me being short sometimes. We just poke fun at each other. I’ve known him since preschool so he’s been around my family for a while. He can always make me laugh. Very funny kid.
Who is your most academically inclined friend?
That’d be Andrew. He is a very smart kid. I always look for help from him. It always feels nice when he asks for help. It’s like ‘Oh, I know something that you don’t’. We don’t rub it in each other’s faces, but he is definitely very academically inclined.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years and how will you get there?
I see myself somewhere in medical school. I’ve been wanting to be a doctor since I was little. Right now I am working hard to get there. So, how I’d get there would probably be just studying and being how I am now. Not getting off track. Just on the same road I have been on. Working hard at things. Building connections with people that I need to build connections with so I can further my future.
That’s great! What type of medical doctor? Do you want to have a specialty?
I was told to go in and let it choose me. When I was younger I wanted to be a surgeon because of all the T.V. shows. I think that would be cool, but I wouldn’t mind being a family doctor either. I like dealing with kids and families.
Good for you!
Is there anything else you want to tell me about yourself?
I can tell. You are very comfortable with the interview.
You have a lot going for you and a lot of hard work ahead of you to be a doctor, but you will do it. I can tell. Sounds like you have a really great future ahead of you.
Teen Talk is a service supported by Southern Wells Schools, Northern Wells Schools, and Bluffton Harrison Schools, …. to promote dialogue and community among area high school students.
Interviewer: Amy Serafini
News-Banner, Bluffton, Indiana