My name is Ambar Mejia. I was born in bustling New York City to two Dominican immigrants. After years of shoveling snow out of our driveway, my parents decided they’d set sights on a warmer, sunnier city that was more similar to their home country. In 1994, I moved to Miami, FL and have been in a Florida resident ever since.
I strongly identify as an Afro-Latina. I spent many childhood days barefoot, swimming in the coral reef that lines the beaches of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Growing up in Miami, FL all of my conversations were peppered with Spanish, and no English word was safe from receiving a Spanish flair and becoming Spanglish. I greeted my mornings with cups of espresso and guava and cheese pastry. No morning drive was complete without Merengue, Bachata, and Salsa.
When I turned 11 years old, I joined my first Relay for Life team and fell in love with service and participating in my community. Since then, I have started clothing and food drives, established organizations for student volunteers, led community-based volunteer projects, and recruited over 400 student volunteers to do service for organizations and social issues across the United States and even abroad.
My short term goal is to use the field of communications to help nonprofits build brand awareness and strengthen their impact on their community. My long term girl is to go into UX/UI design to create interfaces that help people learn or addresses health disparities. In the mean time, I am completing a Master’s of Mass Communication at the University of Florida and am looking to complete a program in UX/UI design afterwards.
On my free time, you can find me petting my rebellious but sweet Holland Lop rabbit or discovering a new nature trail in my city. I also love cooking and am more than happy to cook you a four course meal if you are willing to be a guinea pig for my latest concoction.