Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month: Medical student shares experience as Cuban immigrant

October 8, 2020

National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. IU School of Medicine is marking the observance through a series of articles and special events.

Second-year medical student Christian Arce Guzman moved with his family from Cuba to the United States when he was 14 years old.

“As an immigrant, coming from a completely different way of living, starting in a completely different educational system, making new friends and learning a new language, it took me time to adapt,” Guzman said. “The challenges I went through migrating to the United States is one thing I’m most proud of. I’ve been able to accomplish most of my goals by overcoming challenges.”

Read more about Guzman in this Student Life blog post.

Hispanic Heritage Month is observed each year from September 15 through October 15. The dates are significant because many Latin American countries celebrate their independence days during this 30-day period.