Winning the third annual BANDaids for BRIDGE talent show should not have come as a surprise for Cienna Wesley, a maternal child health graduate student in the USF College of Public Health. On January 10, Cienna belted out “I’m Here” from The Color Purple and took home the grand prize.
After the talent show, Cienna reflected on her recent victory, public health, and why music has a spot in her heart.
She chose the song “I’m Here” because it is “inspirational.” Cienna shared, “it tells the story of how hard it is sometimes to love yourself, but in the end you have to realize everything you have and the fact that you have people who love you for the moments when you don’t feel like you love yourself.”
Although Cienna is not musically trained, she has been singing since she was young. Her first solo was the Christmas play in elementary school.
Cienna comes from a musical background, with both her mother and father being talented singers. Her father also plays the organ and she would like to add the piano to her repertoire someday.
Of course, Cienna loves public health, but she also enjoys writing music. In a perfect world, she would be a recording artist.
With her BANDaids for BRIDGE victory in the rear view mirror, she’s focused on upcoming auditions for American Idol and X-Factor.
As for her career in public health, Cienna hopes to attend medical school. Whether it’s saving lives or singing tunes, Cienna Wesley is a name to be remembered.
Cienna Wesley earned an undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary in Virginia. She is currently studying maternal and child health at the University of South Florida. The Department of Community and Family Health is her academic home and offers more than 10 concentrations that lead to MPH, MSPH, DrPH, and PhD degrees, as well as several dual degrees, graduate certificates, and special programs.
Story and photo by Christi Owiye, USF College of Public Health. Photo by Eric Younghans, USF Health Communications. Video courtesy of Cienna Wesley