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Honesty IS the best policy

Today I lost my newest pair of headphones. And let me tell you, that was so frustrating. 

You see, I am the worst person with headphones. I will never go anywhere without my headphones. I love mus and believe it truly is a soundtrack to life. So, I usually don't lose my headphones. What does happen though is that they typically do mess up after a while since I store them in all types of places, fall asleep with them on, etc. 

And so today when I lost my headphones I was…


Added by Ingrid Vasquez on April 15, 2014 at 10:45pm — No Comments

How do YOU keep organized?

Hi Latinitas!

Even though I find myself constantly attached to my planner, I find myself forgetting certain things I had planned from time to time. For example, it might forget to write an assignment down and then I find myself extremely angry since I know I am usually really good at organizing stuff but just had one assignment slip my mind.

Therefore, what are other ways you keep organized?

Here are some of the things I have heard my friends do instead of/ in addition…


Added by Ingrid Vasquez on April 13, 2014 at 5:34pm — No Comments

College 101: With Freedom Comes Responsibility

Leaving high school and the environment and people you’re most familiar with can be both exciting and devastating. Leaving high school and moving on the college doesn’t only mean leaving your parents’ supervision, it means taking on responsibilities that you may not have ever thought about when you thought of leaving to college. 

More than likely, to all those getting ready to leave to college this coming fall, have thought about how you’ll have so much more…


Added by Nina Bonita Santillan on April 13, 2014 at 9:26pm — 1 Comment

My Ring Day!

When I first arrived to Texas A&M University, my freshman year, the day I would receive my Aggie ring seemed so unreal. It felt so far away and now, three years later, I have finally earned it after so many years of hard work. My family came to celebrate my accomplishments with me. Even though this isn’t exactly my graduation day, I still feel so accomplished and that after all the tears, all-nighters, and foreign professors who barely know how to speak English, it has finally paid…


Added by Nina Bonita Santillan on April 12, 2014 at 12:27pm — No Comments

Dealing with a Motherly Loss

On Sunday, I went out with a friend to eat dinner, we were laughing, sharing stories, and having a good time. While we were trading stories, I found out that her mother had passed away. She told me like nothing had happened. She didn't give it much importance, but the way I saw it was that I couldn't even imagine going through that, I am so happy and blessed to still have my mother with me. I couldn't think of what I would do if she weren't.…


Added by Polet Espinoza on April 9, 2014 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Easter Snack

So Easter is coming up and I found a cute snack! These bites are really easy to make, taste good (in my opinion), and look elegantly simple. They look pretty enough for a party and are easy enough to make for a quick snack.

These are crackers topped with strawberry yogurt and halved strawberry slices, but…


Added by Vanessa Aguirre on April 10, 2014 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Communicating in a team

Have you ever had to work in a team? Have you ever had issues come up while working in a team?

If you answered yes to any of these questions,don't feel bad. It's OK. Sometimes issues will arise from working in a team and it does not mean anything bad. It just means that you need to make sure you understand how to communicate effectively in a team and use this skill to raise your concerns to your other team members.

Are you shy like me? If so, I understand this might seem like…


Added by Ingrid Vasquez on April 11, 2014 at 9:41am — No Comments

Keep Records of EVERYTHING

Now that I am graduating, it is always amazing to reflect on where you were before you started any big journey. And, since Middle School I always kept a journal or notebook where I wrote down big events. I also love taking pictures to remember important moments in my life. Well, I am so SO grateful I did. Because going back and reading my fears and goals, has given me that motivation needed to finish the race strong. To be able to see how far that race really was, as well as to see all the…


Added by Nancy Jessenia Gomez on March 30, 2014 at 11:32pm — No Comments

My Motivating Talks to Myself

Every now and then I get those little motivating rages. For example, one day I'm thinking "Tomorrow morning, I'm going to wake up early, make myself breakfast, go exercise, get my laundry done, and read ahead for the next class". Then when I actually go to sleep and wake up the next morning I'm more like this "5 more minutes!" Recently, like 5 minutes ago, I had another one of those motivational moments I hope to keep, and it goes a little like…


Added by Polet Espinoza on April 8, 2014 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

On a rainy day ...

I love the rain. I am the kind of person that enjoys watching the rain fall from the sky, and something really enjoy walking through the rain with an umbrella too. But sometimes, the rain can really stop you from doing plans you might have had or from going outside. So here are some tips on what you can do when it is raining outside .....

1. HOMEWORK - Yay! Homework! OK .... homework is not the most exciting thing to do, but it can be really exciting when you get ahead on your…


Added by Ingrid Vasquez on April 6, 2014 at 12:12pm — No Comments

Stress Makes Me Wanna Clean

I don’t know if it’s just me or if anyone else goes through this, but when I get stressed and know that I have so many things to do in so little time I begin to want to clean my apartment. Every little mess bothers me which seems to be counterproductive. I have limited time to complete my assignments, yet unlike other times, I actually have an urge to want to dust my furniture, do laundry, vacuum, and other chores that most people naturally dread. Sometimes I think that the amount of…


Added by Nina Bonita Santillan on April 6, 2014 at 7:27pm — No Comments

Latinitas Confidence Boosting Tips

This week our girls from one of our after school clubs at Horizon Middle School took part in our Be YOUnique service project to promote confidence and self esteem among their peers at their school. Here are some of their tips on boosting your confidence level and self esteem.

Stop talking about the bad stuff we have and talk about the good things about ourselves. Listen to music to feel better or cry with your friend if you have too if she feels bad. - Maria

Just ignore what…


Added by Bianca Castrejon on April 4, 2014 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Selena is still alive

While yound adults my age are listening to hit singles from Pitbull and JLo, I am going back to my Texas roots and jamming Selena.

Selena is a Mexican-American second generation chicana singer who made the impact of coming in the 90s with her ritmo musica and sweeping Hispanics off their feet. I mean, could you blame her?

Her rhythm and her beautiful voice was and is a catastrophic change compared to singers you listen to today. Her music was not filled with voice recordings,…


Added by April C. Davila on April 4, 2014 at 9:41am — No Comments

How I paid for College.

I was a lucky enough to be part of a Scholarship Program here in Wisconsin. It is called the PEOPLE Program, and there is 3 times you are able to apply for it. Either in Elementary school, Middle school or in 9th grade in high school. Once I got accepted into the University of Wisconsin-Madison they have been paying my full tuition, so on that note I am very lucky. Also, I receive a lot of financial aid….SO MAKE SURE YOU apply for the FAFSA!!! This always saves my butt every semester. But…


Added by Nancy Jessenia Gomez on April 3, 2014 at 9:15pm — No Comments

Time to show off that brain power

To all of the Latinitas taking the STAAR test this week,

You have been learning all year for this test so don't worry because now it is just your chance to show off what you have learned. It will be over before you know it and you will feel so good about accomplishing this. Remember to take your time because it does not matter who finishes first. You are not competing with anyone but yourself so just do your best and stay calm. You are not alone, everyone in your grade is…


Added by Alyssa Raquel Chavez on March 31, 2014 at 2:13pm — No Comments

My Journey to the States.

I was born in Illinois, but was take to Mexico by my mother, along with my two sisters. Being raised in Mexico was one of the greatest experiences. Even though we were always struggling finically, I really think the morals and values I have today come from being exposed to my Mexican culture so strongly. When I was 8 years old, my mother had decided me and my sisters deserved the opportunity to an education that would allow us to become successful. So at 8 and 1/2, I arrived to Madison, Wi.…


Added by Nancy Jessenia Gomez on April 2, 2014 at 10:53pm — 1 Comment

Attached at the Lips

Movies like "The Notebook" and "A Walk to Remember" give us girls high hopes of finding the perfect love and sticking with that special person forever. But what about stories that inspire us to be great and achieve our full potential? Sometimes, the media and entertainment feed us these ideas of becoming a part of some fairy tale love, when in reality we need to fall in love with ourselves first.

Self love is so important to me and the way I approach every aspect of my life.…


Added by Ashley Kristina Lopez on March 31, 2014 at 8:56pm — 1 Comment

Selena Remembered

On this tragic day in 1995, Selena Quintanilla's reign as the Queen of Tejano came to an unfortunate end. 

The first song I ever remember hearing was Como La Flor and, to this day, is one of my favorite songs of all time. 

Even though I was so small, my memory of seeing her on TV is still there. When the movie Selena was released, I saw it at least 15 times before the age of 5. To this day, I still cry at the end. 

What's important is to remember…


Added by Sylvia Butanda on March 31, 2014 at 2:52pm — 1 Comment

Keeping In Touch W/ Friends Far Away

When your in college it is sometimes difficult to keep in touch with your friends from back home.

It is understandable, though.

I keep my day planned in a day planner. It makes it easy for me to remember things and it makes me feel accomplished when I am able to take a task off my to-do list.

But sometimes there a lot of thing to do. I am involved in three organizations, have two internship, have one work study job, and am taking 15 hours of school.

Phew! That was…


Added by Ingrid Vasquez on March 30, 2014 at 3:05pm — 1 Comment

Cesar Chavez : More than a movie

The recently released movie Cesar Chavez delivered on so many levels. I, for one,learned Diego Luna is more than a pretty face in Mexican cinema, but is also an important director, someone who grew up outside the American experience who could see the value of telling one of our most important histories.  If any of you are taking a social studies class right now in 6th, 7th, 8th grade or high school you are probably learning about a lot of men named Washington, Jackson and Madison…


Added by Laura Donnelly on March 30, 2014 at 11:31am — No Comments




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