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Growing up in the Rio Grande Valley with family in San Antonio, I often traveled between the two areas. As I got to know San Antonio, I grew to appreciate it as a city where old and new coexist.

I moved here in 2013 to attend pharmacy school at the University of the Incarnate Word. As a student at UIW, I appreciated the small classes that allowed me to get more face time with professors and build relationships with my classmates. This support network helped me while I was a student and continues to be there for me in my professional life.

While at UIW, I lived with family on San Antonio’s East Side. I liked how the older houses in the area had character and that the neighborhood’s proximity to downtown made it easy to get out and explore. I stayed on the East Side after graduating and, especially in recent years, have seen more people and businesses moving here.

My small apartment community in Dignowity Hill includes people who, like me, have moved to San Antonio from elsewhere in Texas and the U.S. Because we’re in a small building, we all know each other and will sometimes gather around the fire pit to catch up. 

Dignowity Hill is a great neighborhood for people new to San Antonio. There’s plenty to do within walking distance and easy access to nearby parts of the downtown area. Black Laboratory Brewing on Houston Street hosts pop-ups with different food trucks, which is nice because I don’t have to go too far to get a varied taste of San Antonio. Panchos and Gringos is a staple for breakfast tacos, and the recent addition of Hackberry Market has brought businesses like Cake Thieves Bakery, The Farmers Butcher and Truth Pizzeria.

  • Hackberry Market's tenants include The Farmers Butcher, Cake Thieves Bakery, Credit Humans and Truth Pizzeria.
  • Camille Cuellar embraces her two-year-old maltipoo puppy, Louis.
  • Dignowity Hill is a residential neighborhood just east of downtown San Antonio and includes popular landmarks such as the Hays Street Bridge and the Carver Community Cultural Center.

My dog Louis enjoys walks around the neighborhood, and I especially like taking him to St. Paul Square. The often-overlooked pocket of the Near East Side is home to The Espee (formerly Sunset Station) but, outside of events at the Alamodome, doesn’t see much foot traffic. It’s such a cute area with beautiful architecture, and I hope to see more businesses and events in the near future.

Being so close to downtown, I’ve also seen rapid growth in areas like Southtown and Lone Star. I often make the trip to Lone Star for my favorite coffee at San Antonio Gold or to wherever Last Place Burgers has set up shop for the day. Stops at the Pearl and Blue Star are musts when visitors are in town, and our extensive network of trails is definitely something to brag about.

In trying to convince former pharmacy school classmates completing residencies elsewhere to move back to San Antonio, I remind them that this city has everything they need: delicious food, gorgeous green spaces, rich history, and plenty of career opportunities. Plus, San Antonio’s location provides several options for weekend trips — from the Hill Country to Austin and the Gulf coast. I found a real home here and look forward to seeing it continue to grow and flourish. And if I can convince more people to join me, even better.