Who am I?We all have a story in the making. Our story is not done until we leave this world, and even then it may continue through our legacy. I am still working on mine and it is very promising.
I was born in Colombia and moved with my family to the United States at the age of 11, roughly two years before 9/11.
I have an older sister and a younger brother who have always served a source of inspiration and entertainment -they are in many ways at fault for my wit and mischievousness.
My parents have always provided the best example of faith and perseverance -faith in their children, and perseverance to conquer all the obstacles associated with moving your family to a whole new world with a mix of cultures and experiences that aren’t always necessarily pretty.
I went to at least six different schools between 6th and 12th grade, but instead of complaining about it, I took advantage of every change of school to make new friends, and I am still in contact with some of them.
After graduating from High School I went to Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL where I got my B.A. in Intercultural and Organizational Communication with a minor in Sociology.
During the past ten years of my life I have been involved with the community in different ways. I have volunteered at museums, community fairs, youth and children outreaches, as well as at the church I attended during most of my youth and the one I attend now.
One of the most memorable experiences I will always cherish is traveling to Haiti. While in Haiti I encountered God’s love and understood how blessed I am in every way. I learned to embrace and be thankful for every opportunity I have been granted in this beautiful nation and to use my blessings to bless others.
In 2008 I moved to Miami where I had the opportunity to work for a non-profit organization that served the local and national immigrant community. I worked with American Fraternity, which at the time was handling a major case to protect the rights of U.S.-born children of immigrants.
My time there taught me a lot about the courage and strength of those who have sacrificed and given up so much for the sake of offering a future with better opportunities to the next generation. I was greatly encouraged by the many leaders who fought relentlessly regardless of the political panorama of our nation.
While working at American Fraternity I started volunteering with a local Christian media organization called ERJ Media. I first volunteered at their radio station, which serves a large community of Latin immigrants in the area of Homestead and Florida City.
After a few months of volunteering, I started working with ERJ Media where I had the opportunity to work in both radio and TV. Working in media has been as much a challenge as an adventure. I understood that as media professionals we have the power to influence and educate our audience.
I also came to believe that whatever we decide to do in this world, we must have a mission and a purpose. If we don’t, we will become selfish individuals who won’t be of much worth to our organization, community or nation.
I am a strong believer in education as a means to accomplish our dreams and impact the world. I am currently working on my M.A. in Journalism at Regent University in Virginia Beach and plan to further my education.
I am here to learn, to serve and to make my dreams come true. One of my dreams is to serve as an empowering source for others to make their dreams come true. My story is not over yet, and it won’t be any time soon…
Your Diploma Won’t Get You the Job
This may sound condescending, but what I mean is that your college diploma alone is not enough to get you the job you -and a few dozens- are applying for.
Let’s not blame the difficulty in getting a job today on an ailing economy alone.
The job market is a lot more competitive today not simply because there are less jobs, but also because the pace at which technology and society are advancing require more highly skilled and experienced workers.
Experience is acquired with time and your skills are sharpened with practice, and you don’t have to wait to graduate to put your skills to practice.
There are various ways to gain experience in your field and get to know your strengths while you’re still in college.
The options go from internships, to volunteering, to freelance work, to actually landing a job in your field prior to graduation.
We will be talking about these and other options in the weeks to come. There isn’t one specific way or place to do it -there are many, and you need to start exploring them now.
Meeting people, staying in touch, asking questions, and staying curious is only the beginning. The first thing you need to know is that the job market is competitive, but not impossible.
Feel free to ask questions, make comments, offer suggestions and share resources with us.
You don’t need to worry. Just be diligent.