Native College Scholar Begins Floral Enterprise Amid Pandemic – NBC 7 San Diego
The pandemic has made it harder for local college students to get into the industry they want to work in. A student at Point Loma Nazarene University overcomes this by starting her own business, hoping to get a big boost on Valentine’s Day.
“Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, so I have a few orders,” said Fiona Huerta.
Huerta is a junior at PLNU devoted to her studies. Recently, however, she has also been busy with her new passion: designing flower arrangements.
“I always bring flowers for my friends. I always bring arrangements for my friends’ birthdays and stuff, and then recently I notified more people and started taking orders, ”said Huerta.
Huerta had problems getting internships because of the pandemic. She is not alone. Many young people are entering a job market that has been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic. According to the US Department of Labor, the unemployment rate for people between the ages of 20 and 24 is nearly 10%.
Instead of practicing, Huerta uses her free time to work on arrangements. Huerta admits she was nervous about asking for money for her work, but so far clients seem satisfied.
“Usually I always have positive feedback and it feels really good to have someone so happy with something you make out of it and it’s so much more worthwhile,” said Huerta.
Huerta is planning her first wedding this spring and hopes to host more events after graduating from communications next year. Huerta also wants to make a career in communication.
“I’d love to do both in the end, but it’s definitely a dream to be a florist,” said Huerta.
Huerta takes orders through her Instagram page.