A Lifelong Journey of Julia Garcia

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College is often known as the time when individuals are “finding themselves” or trying to figure out who they really are.During her college years at NYIT, Julia Garcia faced hard times; she was suspended from the Woman’s soccer team because she got into trouble at a party, was an addict of sex, alcohol, and drugs, and lost 5 close family members and friends within 2 years. “For years, I thought I had nothing to live for and I could have cared less if my reckless behavior killed me. Secretly, I hoped it would,” says Garcia.

Despite it all,Julia Garcia made it and decided to try and help others by telling her story. She isnow currently an author, motivational speaker and the founder of Truality.org; a TRU Movement inspiring people to be to TRUThe Real U.Garciaispassionate about speaking out to those that may be going through various issues in life. She speaks on behalf of her own experience through which she shares and tries to help others that are going through the same downfall she experienced during her time in college.

After she graduated in 2009 with her Bachelors in Fine Arts degree in Communications from NYIT, She decided to move back to her hometown,Phoenix, Arizona and start her organization: Truality. “It was, by far, one of the most difficult decisions I’ve ever had to make,” says Garcia who is now 24 years of age. “It required me to leave behind an exciting life in New York City where I was already working, as well as let go of financial security and the corporate American dream that I’d always thought I wanted. It took countless months researching in bookstores and eating ramen noodle for dinner, but in the end, I knew that “working for TRU meaning” was worth any cost or sacrifice… and it definitely has been!Now my passion for learning has led me on my path to earning my PhD in Human Science at Saybrook University.”

Garcia travels around the country and works with students from the junior high, high school, and college level on everything from peer pressure, bullying, and overcoming adversity, to body image, diversity, and drugs and alcohol awareness. She visited a total of 30-50institutions, in various states like California, Missouri, Arizona, and New York, since the year. Through her organization, Truality, Garcia has combined motivational speaking with creative arts like spoken word poetry, theater, music, and dance. “When I created the concepts of Truality, I wanted to bring something into the world that was real; something tangible to believe in. The results were TRU!”

NYIT English Professor Gail Feinzig met Garcia six years ago as a student and was able to witness her struggles first hand.“I didn’t realize how troubled she was while she was at Tech until she got into trouble at a party and was suspended from the Women’s Soccer Team, that’s when we really bonded,” says Professor Feinzig. “She was forced to go to counseling at school and then she went to rehab and her life turned completely around, her coping skills were weak, life was spiraling downhill. Through lots of love and support, she realized she had to get sober and find some meaning in her life and that she has done!”

Julia has long intended to write a book about her experiences, but everything she wrote, she says, seemed “Too safe, too fake.” Eventually, she stopped fighting her natural instincts to say what she thought people wanted to hear, and began to allow herself to write freely. So, after two long and strenuous years of writing for an average of ten hours a day at local coffee shops, she was somehow able to unleash the painful parts of her past and managed to turn them into a book! The experience, for Garcia, was cathartic. “It was never my intention to write something so personal and make myself vulnerable to the world, but once I began to write from my heart, I just couldn’t stop. After it was all finished, I seriously considered lighting it on fire and never allowing another soul to read it, I knew that it was my responsibility to share it with others. It’s my hope that someone may be able to find hope within its pages.”

In her memoir, Garcia doesn’t shy away from her past. The book takes readers on her personal journey overcoming the loss of loved ones, parents’ divorce, family addictions, as well as her own personal battles with illicit sex, drugs, and alcohol. “And let me warn you,” she adds, “it is by no means a conventional style book. It is uncomfortably raw at times, and it even includes my self-expressive photography, as well as excerpts from my personal diaries.”

While at NYIT, Garcia was a writer for the Campus Slate. In fact, she includes in the book a 200x story she wrote for the Slate, titled “Drunk and Underage” in her book. A lot of the struggles that I write about in my book occurred while I was a student at NYIT. “This particular article which I wrote for the Campus Slate detailed the events that led up to a night that ultimately altered my entire college experience”, said Garcia. She wanted to use this specific article because she wrote it during the time she was suffering from the consequences of that evening and it was the best way, she thought, to be true to the actual story she was trying to tell.

Attending NYIT impacted her life and changed things around because she was able to meet great people. “Who knows where I would be without NYIT, but considering how amazing my life journey has become, I wouldn’t want to find out! Writing for the Campus Slate, as well as playing for the Lady Bear’s soccer team, doing broadcast journalism for LI News, and being a part of the Women’s Association at NYIT truly helped shape the person I am today.”

Julia Garcia’s book is available online at Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, and all other major retailers such as Wal-Mart and Target. Since the public release date isn’t until June first (that is when it will be available in all major bookstores), the book is on sale as a pre-order, and you can receive the book before it hits the actual stores.

Here are some experts from former NYIT student Julia Garcia’s new book titled “Somewhere In Between.”

Who is this girl staring back at me? I do not recognize the darkness in her eyes or the sound of her voice as it cries out for me to save her. I can’t save her. No one can. She has succumbed to her own misery and now, she has fallen prisoner to the reigns of her past.

I can see the scars that lay like bandages across her heart and I know she has given up. She cries out that she is too weak too defeated and that she has nothing left worth fighting for.

What do you mean you are giving up? Don’t you remember how beautiful you once were and how your infectious spirit was going to set the world on fire? What happened to that girl you used to be?

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