SAN ANTONIO – Oziel Trevino Munoz started out as a business major at Palo Alto College, but after his third year, he fell in love with communications. 

  • Studies broadcast journalism at TAMUSA
  • Munoz credits DACA with being able to work, attend school
  • Received the San Antonio Association of Hispanic Journalism Scholarship

“I honestly wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with communications but I knew that something I wanted to go into,” Trevino said.

After he received his associate's degree, he transferred to Texas A&M University— San Antonio (TAMUSA) in spring of 2018. 

The Monterey, Mexico, native has dabbled in print and photography but fell in love with one media: broadcast journalism. 

Since TAMUSA offers an internship program with Univision, he gets to live out his dream. 

“Right now as I’m interning, I’ve really fallen in love with broadcasting, with video production, with news gathering,” Trevino says. 

Professors have described Trevino as a self-motivated student who yearns to grow in the communications field. 

“Not every student who comes to college has as much motivation as he does,” TAMUSA Director of Student Media Jenny Moore says. “I think because of his background, and his interest, he is a very hard worker.”

Trevino held two jobs at Subway and Wendy’s in Natalia, Texas, during a time where his future was uncertain. 

“The deferred action for childhood arrival, I believe happened in 2012, and that was actually the semester before I was going to graduate,” Trevino says. “I honestly was so terrified because if it weren’t for DACA, the program, I wouldn’t be able to work, be able to go school.”

Trevino often has to make financial sacrifices, including leaving his job at Walmart after five and half years to focus on his schooling.

“The reason I decided to leave in December because I was just ready to— just leave my last semester of college,” Trevino says. “I graduate in May and I just wanted to focus on myself, my classes and it’s been good so far.”

“Financially, I’ve been struggling but I haven’t let that worry me at all because I know I have family — I know I have a lot of options,” Trevino says. 

Trevino was able to access one of those options— he was recipient of the San Antonio Association of Hispanic Journalism Scholarship last August. 

As the Supreme Court is deciding whether or not to continue DACA, Trevino is not too concerned about it. 

“It is what it is— if it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen,” Trevino says. “If it doesn’t, it doesn’t. Myself, I’ll have to figure it out.”