Born and raised in Miami, Julia Duba had a different college path than most students. By the time she graduated high school, she had her Associate Degree and was ready to pick a major and continue her education at Florida International University.
But what in the world was she going to study?
First, Duba majored in biology―didn´t work out. Then, she began psychology classes, but she wasn´t really feeling it. She felt so lost and tired of her roller-coaster college reality that she took out a $2,000 loan to live in Brazil for six months.
But she soon realized that she had to move on.
“I always look for the next step, so I couldn’t just sit around,” said Duba. “I had to make a decision, and I just came back in one month.”
After her trip, she began a new major: journalism. Things in school started to change, and radio became one of her biggest passions.
“The way that you put a story in radio is a craft,” said Duba. “You have to make it intimate, organic, and you have to get people´s voices in there!”
When FIU opened the first storytelling class with the radio station WLRN, Duba was the first student to sign-up. On her last semester she took an internship with them and got offered a job before graduating.
Today, Duba is the morning producer at WLRN.
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