Showcase - Alumna - Barranco Esther

Esther Barranco


Class of: 2017
Degree Program: Associate in Science: Science & Mathematics

What factors led you to decide to attend HCCC?
All I read and hear about the College was good. The campus I attended was recently constructed. I wanted to stay fairly close to home.

What is your favorite memory of the College, in or out of the classroom?
I still remember my first biology class. I believe the number one reason I continued with my Associate in Biology was my professor, Dr. Hedhli. She had such a passion to teach that every day in that class was my favorite experience. She inspired and dared me to go beyond. Outside the classroom, I had the best memories when my friends and I tasted Starbucks for the first time in the Journal Square Campus. I felt like a pro when I asked for an Iced Caramel Macchiato. Every lab day, after class, we went and drank coffee. It was like our own therapy session.

How did you become interested in biology?
I graduated with a Science major, and a minor in Biology and Mathematics. I wanted to be a doctor with all my heart since I was a little girl. My goals was to open different hospitals around different parts of the world to help those in need.

How did your time at HCCC prepare you for your career/ life now?
The College gave me more tools and understanding about the career I wanted. However, it also opened the doors to a world of knowledge and new opportunities. Neither of my parents graduated college, because they did not have the money. But for HCCC, money is not a big issue, because the power to become who you want to be in the future is in your hands.

What has been the most memorable project/case you have worked on?
Since I graduated, I have become fascinated to influence my society. I became a Social Media Influencer with a platform of over 108,800 people around the world. I made videos guiding people in their spiritual life as well as some motivational videos. I have been invited over different platforms around the United States and Dominican Republic to talk to the youth. Some of the knowledge I acquired at HCCC I use daily on my videos. I believe being educated impacts more people when you talk. Because it gives a sense of “wow, she knows what she is talking about.” My videos in a way had helped many people who wanted to end their life. Therefore, every video I make is a memorable project to me. Who are your biggest inspirations that have impacted your work in some way? Someone said 2,000 years ago, “Love others the way you love yourself.” That someone inspired me every day. I aspired in life to see the world the way he saw it, with love. That is why everything I do, big or small, any act of kindness, I do the way he would have done it, full of love. I hope that one day that love will change someone's life – and little by little, the world.

What advice would you give to recent HCCC graduates?
Knowledge is power, but the real question is, what are you going to do with that power? Use it wisely, and remember that you cannot change the world. But if you do something small full of love with the power you have in your hands, you are on the road to changing someone's life. I heard heroes do not exist, but we can all be one for someone who needs us.

What advice do you have for those students who are just starting their college careers?
Remember when you were little. You said in the future you wanted to be someone. Well, the future is today. Today you decide what you want to be in life. It's going to be a difficult road; some days you are going to feel on top and some days you are going to feel down, but do not give up. By the end, you are going to appreciate every fall, every hit and all the difficulties you went through, because it will shape you into your best self.