The two have been through a lot together, making it through the years when money was tight and they were moving around frequently.
Murillo finally felt at home in Indio, so leaving is bittersweet.
"It's in north California, and I've lived my whole life here.
I just really wanted to experience something bigger, something different while remaining in state."Her parents came to the Coachella Valley from Mexico to make sure their children had experiences they didn't, but they're still sad to see their daughter leave Southern California, Casarrubias said.
But for some more specialized majors or an on-campus experience, many have to look outside the desert.
Leaving the east valley is bittersweet, they say, but for many young people, it's necessary to achieve their dreams.
Indio and Coachella are the two youngest cities in the Coachella Valley, according to the U. Census, with between 30 percent and 39 percent of their populations under the age of 18.
Murillo also plans on attending the college's summer bridge program, which doesn't offer classes but helps new students get acclimated to their new home.
She'll try and get a job to make some extra money after first semester when she has the whole college studying thing down, she said, but until then she's excited to meet new friends and get used to her newfound independence."I know what I wanna do," she said, "I wanna live that college life!