Aspiring meteorologist lands dream job at Univision
Fatima Cajas was working in a Cuban cafeteria when someone recruited her to attend Palm Beach State College. Graduating from the Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College in 2017 with an associate degree in communications sent her to Florida International University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism.
Dr. Maria Vallejo recruited Cajas as a student when she was working at the cafeteria. “I did everything she recommended, and I landed a notable internship at ESPN in West Palm Beach, a huge experience for me.” She would later “pay it forward” by encouraging her closest friend to attend school, now a Palm Beach State student.
Cajas is now at Mississippi State seeking certification in meteorology and recently moved to Phoenix, starting what she calls a “dream job” with Univision. She will appear on a morning television show airing on Oct. 6, hosting one segment of an eight-part series on weather wear.
“My other dream job is to do a Miami morning show. I have the best time when I come back home. Applying what I learned from PBSC is truly helping me in my career.”
Originally from Ecuador, Cajas has also found herself living in New York and Houston. Once preparing for hurricane season in Texas, she and the production crew were nominated for a television Emmy award. “We showed the community how to prepare properly for a hurricane. I would like to receive my own Emmy as a weather anchor and give the glory of my success to God.”
While she pursues her career in meteorology, Cajas has plans with a friend to create a scholarship for international students as she knows how challenging housing, expenses and transportation can be for foreign students. I’m of a generation that didn’t have Uber, instead taking a bus or asking for a ride to meet the demands of a challenging schedule.”
For all students, Cajas expresses sentiments that also drive her. “Education is powerful so be excellent in everything you do. And don’t ever be afraid – just ask for help. We’re here today, but we do not know what happens tomorrow.”
For today, she is simply enjoying her journey, one that is bringing her great success.
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