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How I handle my stress

I never use to get so stressed out until I came to college. The balancing act of school and a social life is possibly one of the most difficult things to do. When things start piling up on me, from multiple tests and papers due all in the same week, my reflex is to hide under my blanket until it's all over. Not the best way to handle stressful situations, so I've learned to do other things instead.

When I am studying during tests and I get overwhelmed and feel like I can't do it, I…

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Added by Selina Bonilla on October 13, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Your Invitation to the Sisterhood

“Women’s progress is human progress.” –Hillary Clinton

Trending this past month was the word “feminism” and what it means to be “feminist.” We were brought to tears when Emma Watson moved us with her #HeForShe campaign speech at the UN. Clapped out loud when Lena Dunham called out to women to join together instead of being pitted against each other. What is the use of the word “feminism” if we aren’t all standing together for it? Instead we are debating on…

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Added by Anna-Alizette on October 2, 2014 at 11:30pm — No Comments

My Education is Worth It

“When you are in college, we won’t be there to make you do your work. As a matter of fact, when you are in college, odds are you will not have a professor that will allow you to make up your work or even turn it in late. It is your responsibility, no one else’s, and you need to start getting into that mindset already!”

I have heard that speech uttered countless times from numerous high school teachers’ lips as they preached to our juvenile minds about the expectations that await us at…

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Added by Selina Bonilla on October 6, 2014 at 1:43pm — No Comments

Latinitas Code Chica Conference

Latinitas First Code Chica Conference

 According to the U.S. Department of Labor, by the time girls in middle school now attend college, there will be one million more computer science jobs than computer scientists to fill them. When we look at the number of girls and women pursuing that career path, things look bleak, women of color, worse. Less than…

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Added by Erika Martinez on October 3, 2014 at 12:43pm — No Comments

Dreams do come true

Hola muchachitas!



Sorry for not being able to update my blog here b/c so many things have just happened in only a matter of months!



I will admit though, that they are good things :D…



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Added by Sara Eunice Martinez on October 4, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

The Latina Rosa Parks - Carmelita Torres

Have you heard of Carmelita Torres? She was a part of the Bath Riots of 1917. She has been compared to Rosa Parks because she took a stand against discrimination and inhumanity. In the early 1900's, it was common practice for U.S. health officials to force Mexicans crossing the bridge into the U.S. to bathe, strip naked in front of an inspector and undergo a lice treatment. These toxic and harmful chemicals were used to kill lice and prevent typhus. A 17-year-old Mexican maid crossed the…

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Added by Alicia on October 2, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

The Latina Identity

Being a Latina means being resilient. It means working hard and not letting bumps in the road, no matter how big or small, stop us from reaching our goals. It means putting our utmost effort to everything we do because people are expecting us to fail and we're going to prove them wrong. It means working twice as hard to make ourselves, our parents, and our families proud. It means ignoring stereotypes that claim we are lazy and being the hard workers that generations of Latinos have proven…

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Added by Cynthia Amaya on September 27, 2014 at 8:48pm — No Comments

Mexican-American Me

Throughout my life I have been at a constant limbo between my roots (Mexican) and my birthplace (American).  Struggling to identify myself was never fun and even more so now that I am attending a university.  I grew up speaking Spanglish and when I do so at school I am looked at funny because of it.  People either enjoy it or get annoyed by it.  Now that I am a 20 year old I now understand what it is to be a latina.  I have the best of both worlds: the modern American world mixed with the…

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Added by Claudia B. Mendoza on September 29, 2014 at 9:18am — 1 Comment

Classroom reflections: What being Latina means to me...

I’ve never been so immersed in my culture until this semester. On top of being an intern here at Latinitas, I am currently taking a ‘Chicano Educational Struggles’ course and a ‘Minorities in the Media’ course. I’ve learned so much about my roots in this semester than any other semester of school in my life.

 

How crazy is that? I’m twenty years old and have lived my entire life in South San Antonio, where my community is entirely Hispanic. Approximately over 90% of my friends…

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Added by Selina Bonilla on September 30, 2014 at 8:27am — 2 Comments

Falling into September

     Books are quite literally my kryptonite. There is nothing I love more than walking down the aisle in a library or bookstore and seeing the hundreds of stories at my fingertips. But as I started growing older and viewing my world in a more critical way, I was able to apply that same perspective to the books I would read. In a society where women are still treated as second-class citizens, no matter how subtly, I was suddenly searching for contradictions…

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Added by Andrea Barreto on September 30, 2014 at 11:14pm — 3 Comments

My brother's kidnapping, leaving home and living as a refugee.

I think everyone by the age of 20 have had to overcome certain obstacle, for my best friend was the death of her older brother, for other friend was having to move because of financial difficulties and for me was the kidnapping of my brother.



I am from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico

I'm pretty sure that if you've seen the news you've heard the name of my city and if you have, it had the word murder or…

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Added by Kenia Guerrero on September 25, 2014 at 4:44pm — No Comments

Leading Latinas - #WCW: Who runs this? Girls! c

I started this blog by looking on Google "Important Latina Women" and I was surprised that the first websites that pop in my screen were this websites talking about the curves of Jennifer Lopez, Shakira's pregnancy and Sofia Vergara's new boyfriend, and as much as I like the work of these 3 women I have to say this wasn't what I was looking for AT ALL.

And I'm a bit disappointed that the Latina image is immediately associated with this hyper sexual or poor background…

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Added by Kenia Guerrero on September 25, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Latinas in Entertainment

I feel like this is a cliche answer, but when I was younger, I was influenced by Selena.

I remember being a little girl and begging and pleading for the Selena cassette so I could play it on my Walkman. It was black and it was my favorite thing in the world. I think before my Selena cassette, the only other cassette I had was one on which I had recorded songs from the radio. Once I got the Selena cassette, I played it over and over and over. Unlike the me of today who needs hundreds…

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Added by Cynthia Amaya on September 25, 2014 at 10:38pm — No Comments

Hablas Español? It's Never Too Late

Do me a favor. Take a second and think about the complexity of language. There are so many languages in this world that I think we sometimes forget that not everyone speaks English. Growing up, I thought English was the one and only language. My grandparents spoke this very strange sounding language to me, which I later learned was called Spanish. English is my first language. I grew up with Spanish speaking parents and grandparents, yet I don’t consider myself a fluent Spanish speaker. I…

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Added by Rebecca Salazar on September 26, 2014 at 12:17pm — 1 Comment

¿Hablas Español?

My first language was Spanish. Neither of my parents spoke English and basically no one in my life spoke English, so I grew up around Spanish and Spanish only. I didn't start learning English until I was in headstart, a school aimed at children of lower incomes so we won't be behind when 'actual' school starts, and then continued learning when I was enrolled in pre-kinder. By the time I was in kindergarten, I was fluent in both English and Spanish, but I stayed in bilingual classes until…

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Added by Cynthia Amaya on September 26, 2014 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Latinas in Entertainment - Sara Ramirez my favorite doctor

I'm not precisely a person interested in medicine, but about 6 years ago I found a great show Grey's Anatomy and I'm really excited because yesterday the 11th season started and although Cristina Yang is no longer there I loved the first episode, I love everything about it.
Especially Dr. Callie Torres portrayed by beautiful Sara Ramirez.…
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Added by Kenia Guerrero on September 28, 2014 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

My bilingual little world.

 
Because I assume this is the 1st time you're reading me, I'm going to talk a bit about myself:



Kenia Guerrero

20 years
Aspiring Journalist
UTEP
Good Person
Mexican
Living in Mexico
Now you know I'm Mexican and I…
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Added by Kenia Guerrero on September 28, 2014 at 10:27am — No Comments

Overcoming Obstacles: The fear of failure

There’s a common saying I have heard that says, “We are our own harshest critic.” I find that this was unfortunately true many times growing up for me, as I struggled for a long time with being very harsh on myself for almost any little thing.  I was plagued with a little voice in my head that questioned my capabilities, and made me fearful of asking questions when I didn’t understand something in class, of applying for programs or positions, and of speaking up.

Looking back, I…

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Added by Victoria Navarro on September 23, 2014 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Spotlight on a Latina feminist: Sandra Cisneros



If you checked any kind of social media today, I’m sure you saw or at least read the title of the most popular topic today: Emma’s Watson UN speech about gender equality.

And if you didn’t well I’m going to write for you my favorite part(s):



“Men, I would like to take this opportunity to extend you a formal invitation. Gender equality is your issue too… I've seen young men suffering from mental illness, unable to ask for help, for fear it would make them less of a…

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Added by Kenia Guerrero on September 22, 2014 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Hispanic Heritage Month 2014

#HispanicHeritageMonth is underway and Latinitas is excited to announce our own mini-events taking place via MyLatinitas.com and social media. Our awesome interns, Rebecca and Selina, will be creating a #HHM campaign for October. Current and former Latinitas interns, writers, bloggers, and volunteers are encouraged to participate! Content may be featured in Latinitas Magazine, and, to sweeten the deal, the top three bloggers will receive either an Amazon or Starbucks gift…

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Added by Jasmine Villa on September 18, 2014 at 11:59pm — No Comments


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