Ever since I started my college career, I’ve been saying that I want to become a news producer for a renowned television network. I never imagined myself working for any other kind of industry such as radio. Today, my experience at NPR Next Generation has changed that.

I recently graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor’s in Media Production and a minor in Spanish. That was actually the best day of my life but unfortunately, my father passed away a few weeks later. I was going through a difficult time but I’m glad that I came across the Next Generation Radio program because it changed my life.

I’m so grateful that I was selected for this experience of a lifetime. Thanks to my mentor, Crystal Chavez, I gained so much knowledge in just one week. I will admit that it was a very hectic week but it was totally worth it. Especially, because I had the opportunity to produce a multimedia story on a topic that is so close to my heart which is immigration.

This was my first time interviewing an undocumented family. Especially, conducting an interview in both English and Spanish. I’m really satisfied with the work that I’ve done and I wouldn’t of had done it without the support of Crystal and the rest of the Next Generation team. Not only was I able to use my video skills, but I also got to learn how to use the audio editing program called Adobe Audition.

I am excited to enter the job market now that I have gained more knowledge about the media industry. Without a doubt, it has been life-changing especially because I know that I am capable of doing much more. I will continue to utilize what I have learned for the rest of my career.