Julia Duba

Julia Duba, 21, found her passion in radio after experimenting with biology and psychology.
Julia Duba, 21, found her passion in radio after experimenting with biology and psychology.

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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