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During my first semester at Texas State, I felt pretty lost to the whole college experience. First of all, I was living away from home, didn't really know anybody, and I was experiencing some really bad culture shock. In a way it was good because it was a learning experience, and new things are always good (except for a few things.) My first semester pretty much served as an adjusting period, then my second semester is when things finally started taking place. I think what helped me adjust the most was joining an organization. At first, I was uncertain about what kind of organization to join. I thought about joining a co-ed honor fraternity (but then realized I didn't really have the money...), ultimate frisbee (but I have absolutely NO hand-eye coordination), residence hall council (but I had no real interest in that), and finally I found out about NAHJ. I know this sounds like I'm trying to tell "sell" you something, but I'm not! :p

NAHJ is the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. In my opinion, it really is a great organization because they do offer some great internship, scholarship, and networking opportunities. The organization also isn't just for students, but for professionals as well, so the networking truly does get you somewhere (assuming you put your part into it.) The executive producer of Latina Living (a student run TV show at Texas State) actually had the opportunity to intern at NBC in New York because of NAHJ, which showed me its not impossible for someone like me to have an opportunity like that. Also, because of NAHJ, I've also had the chance to meet Patricio Espinoza, a 5 time Emmy-award winning reporter who is from Ecuador, and came to the U.S. sometime in his teens. That was pretty awesome because he showed us everything that goes into reporting - why ask certain questions, why NOT to ask certain question, if you're on a Spanish-speaking channel, should your questions always be in Spanish, etc. Another great thing about Texas State's NAHJ chapter is that Dr. Federico Subervi is our mentor/advisor. Subervi also inspired the founders of Latinitas to...well, start Latinitas! So with that being said, I don't know if our chapter could be any better. I'm not just tootin' our horn for nothing, though, seriously. If you're just starting up college in the fall, or anytime soon, and you have a great interest in the media, I would definitely suggest to join your school's chapter or start one if there isn't one. This is only my third semester (going on to my fourth) at Texas State and I've already had some great experiences because of NAHJ. Again, not trying to toot our horn. ;)

If you're interested, NAHJ's website is http://www.nahj.org

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