Today there was a lot of buzz surrounding a particular event that is scheduled to be held this Wednesday on the UT Austin Campus. The Young Conservatives of Texas are no strangers to controversy. Just last month, they held a bake sale in which prices were determined based on ethnicity.
I couldn't believe my eyes. How could they think this was ok? It's not. It's…Continue
I'm a very symbolic person. I always try to find meaning in things and I guess it's my way of motivating myself to keep pushing forward. I never really stick with the same "symbol" for too long, though. Whether it's a quote, a picture or an object, I always find a new one after about 2 weeks or so but this one is different.
This past summer, somehow, I stumbled across a picture of a lion. I remember looking at it for a while and getting this immediate burst of inspiration. I wrote for…Continue
Added by Alyssa Vega on October 28, 2013 at 11:48am — No Comments
As the semester comes to its midpoint...papers, tests and assignments begin to pile up. For me, it's really hard to pull all nighters. I'm the type of person who functions way better during the day but inevitably, there are times when I have no choice but to stay up way past my bed time to complete important assignments. I've tried a bunch of different things as far as caffeine goes but nothing ever really seemed to work for me. Hot coffee, weirdly enough, would actually make me sleepy…Continue
Added by Alyssa Vega on October 23, 2013 at 12:09pm — No Comments
I think language does have a huge impact on culture. There is constant pressure for Latinas to be able to speak Spanish fluently but this can be difficult for those whose parents don't teach them while they're young. I'm a 4th generation Mexican-American. When I was growing up, my parents only spoke to me in English at home. The only time I ever heard Spanish was at my great grandma's house and even then, I never had to speak it because she understood English. So, she'd talk to me in Spanish…Continue
Added by Alyssa Vega on October 4, 2013 at 1:21pm — No Comments
My favorite tradition is making tortillas with my Great grandma and My Grandma. It's something I remember doing with them since I was just a little girl. Every time I'd go over to their house for dinner, I knew that it was "tortilla time." They'd mix the masa and separate them into little balls for me to roll out. I loved the feeling. I always felt so grown up. Of course, I wasn't a pro yet like my grandmas so they would help me whenever I started rolling them into weird shapes. The best…Continue
Added by Alyssa Vega on October 4, 2013 at 12:51pm — No Comments
I'm busy. I barely have time to sit down and think. Usually, I love staying busy but this semester, I feel guilty for not making the time to work out regularly.
I've lost track of how many times I've started the Insanity videos. I'm starting tomorrow again and this time I'm determined to complete the whole 60 days. I feel like since it's in writing for all of you to witness, I have to keep my word.
I think the hardest part about working out is actually getting up to go to the…Continue
Added by Alyssa Vega on September 29, 2013 at 10:01pm — No Comments
Growing up, I was never really a "girly girl." I never even wore sandals to school until I was a sophomore in high school. Prior to that, sneakers and Jordan slides were the only shoes I had. Now that I'm older, I love dressing up but for some reason, I'm still not a huge fan of makeup. Don't get me wrong, I do wear it but I'd say more often than not, you'll find me with a naked face. I'm perfectly fine with that.
In my makeup bag, you will find: eye shadow, a bunch of chapsticks, a…Continue
This past weekend was all that I needed and more. This semester has been extremely busy for me due to 15 hours of school, 30 hours/wk working at a grocery store and 13 hours/wk interning at the office. Needless to say, a vacation was definitely the stress reliever I was looking for.
Two weeks ago, my friend, Laura (who is the most spontaneous person I've ever known), asked me if I wanted to go to New Orleans at the end of September (for no particular reason at all other than the fact…Continue
For as long as I can remember, my dad instilled the notion in me that no matter what, I was going to be a Longhorn. Being an Austinite, orange blood has run through my veins since the day I was born so naturally, that was always the goal. I used to be so intimidated at the thought of applying (even though I was in the top 8% of my class) because it seemed so unreal. I never knew anyone who went to UT and any time I'd hear people…Continue