Fernando Orellana, sophomore, wanted to turn his longstanding passion for baseball into his long-term goal to become a professional pilot.
From a young age, Orellana sought to follow in his father’s footsteps, as a pilot.
Orellana, originally from Tegucigalpa, Honduras, majoring in aviation management, works as a student ambassador for the Office of Admission.
While flying remains his passion, baseball was Orellana’s first love. He began playing at a very young age, eventually landing a spot on Honduras’ national baseball team. With college approaching, Orellana had to decide between baseball and flying.
“Baseball has always been there for me, but I knew I needed to make the final move between my two life goals,” he said. “Even though baseball has been there for me through everything, my number one goal in life is to be a pilot.”
Looking to achieve his ultimate goal of becoming a professional pilot, Orellana decided to attend Lynn to pursue his dream of flying. Lynn had everything for which he was looking; his home away from home.
“I was looking for three main things within a university: small class sizes, a great location and a diverse student population,” said Orellana. “Lynn checked all the boxes, and it made the decision ten times easier.”
With Orellana’s father working as a pilot, it was easy for him to look at schools. Upon touring the university, he was amazed by the uniqueness and one-on-one opportunities available at Lynn.
After touring the school and meeting with numerous students and faculty, Orellana’s father made the joint decision with his son to make a deposit for the upcoming semester.
Orellana sought to attend a university where he could build community among his classmates while also receiving a top-notch education. The diverse campus population was yet another bonus for the international student.
“In addition to small class sizes, I was looking for a school that had other students from international countries as well,” said Orellana. “Here at Lynn, having students from other countries makes me feel like I’m not alone. Other students are dealing with the same challenges I am.”
Orellana wants to leave his mark at Lynn. His goal as a Fighting Knight is to grow from his small town in Honduras to making a difference one step at a time in Boca Raton. According to his peers, Orellana is a natural leader and continuously strives for excellence in all he does.
“I want to be that kid from Honduras that everyone remembers as trying to make a difference and achieving his best with everything that he does,” said Orellana.