Aurora Garcia
Aurora Garcia
Sr. Administrative Assistant

 

I’m a native New Yorker who has lived in Vermont, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, and now finally has found a home in Miami.   This is actually my second stint in Miami, as I attended Florida International University and earned a degree in International Relations.  My biggest takeaway from college was: Follow your interests.  I took an Art History elective as a Freshman, not because I liked art but because I heard it was easy.  But that first class opened me to a whole new world and before you knew it I had an Art History minor and I was doing an internship in the FIU Art Museum on the University Park campus.  After graduating with my Bachelor’s, I did an internship in The White House, followed by another internship in Senator Bob Graham’s Miami District Office.  I concluded my year of unpaid internships by moving back home to New York and doing an internship with CNN at the United Nations. 

Upon finally being forced by my Dad to get a paying job, I took a job in publishing because according to “Careers for Bookworms and other Literary Types,” that might be a good fit for me.   I worked for Hearst Magazines International for a little over two years, and then decided to change gears entirely and work for the NBA.  After working for the NBA for 2.5 years, I was lured to LA by the thought of “.com” riches and I joined a start-up company called Athlete’s Direct.  Unfortunately, they went bankrupt within two years, so back to New York I went.  I was lucky enough to be hired at the National Basketball Retired Players Association by a former NBA colleague.  After working at the NBRPA for 2.5 years I left to start my longest and BEST project to date; being a full-time Mom to my son Liam.  Once he started Kindergarten I worked part-time at our local library in White Plains, New York.  It was the best of both worlds, I was able to walk him to school and pick-him up while also earning a (small) salary at a very flexible job; AND I was surrounded by books, glorious books! 

My husband’s career brought us back to Miami and I applied relentlessly to University of Miami before I was finally hired . . . Three years later!  It’s been a privilege to work at the “U,” where every day we transform lives through teaching, research, and service.