Betty's Open Road
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New York, NY
Cuba, decisions, female, first generation, immigrant, judgement, mentor, Miami Herald, newspaper, resume, scholarship, tradition, unique
- Parents were immigrants from Cuba; she was the first person in her family born on American soil.
- Learned work ethic from parents: father lied, said he could drive a forklift so he could get his first job in America, mom worked graveyard shifts.
- Her family didn’t want her to work, go to college; tradition ruled she’d live with her family until she married.
- Had to apply to universities, jobs in secret; got into the University of Florida, her hometown newspaper gave her a full scholarship.
- After college, worked as a crime and politics reporter for the Miami Herald.
- Realized she was only doing newspaper journalism because it’d look good on her résumé; really wanted to work in magazines.
- Co-workers were telling her that if she left newspapers for magazines, no one take her seriously.
- Worked on “high-profile” jobs, like People en Español, but left to work at Latina, a small-scale magazine that she loved.