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February 2011 Blog Posts (29)

Spending Time Outdoors

In today's world, many of us go to school, work, and are inside a building, house, or place. I think a lot of us do not realize that there is so much you can enjoy doing outside. When I was a little girl, I remember going to the park with my sister and riding my bike or rollerskating. It was so much fun! Of couse, when you are a little girl a lot of things are more fun than when you get older. Anyway, I was just recently thinking about my life and how I do not spend enough time outside.…


Added by Elaine Alvarado on February 25, 2011 at 2:50pm — No Comments


I'm always blow away at teens' keen management of Spanglish. I heard two Latinitas teen interns chatting it up yesterday and was truly impressed how much English and Spanish collide in their exchanges, but their conversation makes sense and flows for them. It makes me think about how the Latinitas in our clubs view their bilingual-ness. I don't feel like it's with pride most of the time. Us older types are telling you - this is a gift, an asset that will enhance your adulthood, your future…


Added by Laura Donnelly on February 23, 2011 at 4:35pm — 1 Comment

school budget cuts

I was skyping a couple of college friends in Austin last night. It was the first time we had used it, and it was pretty cool. I miss them so much and I was exctied to see them after so long even if it was through a web camera. 
We were catching up on what we had been up to, talking about school, work and things we had done. One of my friends, Denise, an education major, planning on graduating in December was telling me that she was a little worried about her future due to the…

Added by Sonia Rangel on February 23, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Is your major the most overrated choice in college??

I was reading a blog on USA Today college yesterday that was pretty interesting concerning majors in college and I mostly agree with what the author has to say.

A major shouldn't be the most important choice in college because that doesn't guarantee that you will work in the…


Added by Sonia Rangel on February 21, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

Did You Know part 2- The sock bun :)

One of my favorite hair tricks that I learned in ballet. Ever wonder how ballerinas have such perfect buns? Some girls do have long enough hair to make a bun the normal way and hairspray it down so it stays perfectly. If you have medium or short hair though there is hope for you :)

Take a dress sock or knee high sock the same color as your hair and cut the tip off the foot. Then begin rolling it outward, it should look like a donut when you are done. Now make a pony tail with your…


Added by Ytzel Monae McDaniel on February 18, 2011 at 2:46pm — 1 Comment

The Fight is Far from Over

Traditionally, women have been seen as the lesser, weaker sex. After all, during the birth cycle, we stop developing at an earlier stage than males in some aspects. For years, we've struggled to change this stereotype. Lately, though, I've been reading a lot of articles that make me wonder how close we are to truly eliminating gender discrimination.


Recently, a CBS correspondent,…


Added by Helen Rodriguez on February 18, 2011 at 1:37pm — 2 Comments

I just want to travel



Yesterday evening I talked to my old roommate, Vanessa. We haven't seen each other since graduation and are planning on reuniting soon along with our other friend, Sandra. When we lived together we were like the 3 musketeers. Sandra is the most outgoing girl I have met. She can go up to any stranger and be friends with them 5 minutes later.....I think that's how we met. :). Vanessa is a bit shy and serious but she definitely has a funny side. She's more to herself yet she's…


Added by Sonia Rangel on February 18, 2011 at 9:50am — No Comments Competition

UPDATE: Official deadline is Feb. 17 but it will end when we get all 16

competitors and it could be before that date. As of today, we already have 11

competitors and only have 5 slots open.


National search for 16 minority high school SENIORS to participate in our

national scholarship prep competition web program

LatinoGraduate. net… Continue

Added by Alicia on February 17, 2011 at 12:59pm — No Comments

Born this way

I’m sure you guys know who Lady Gaga is. I mean unless you’ve been hiding under a rock but since you’re reading this, it means you have internet access and that you are familiar with pop culture.


She just realized her new single a few days ago and naturally I had to listen to it. I had been looking forward to it for a long time. It’s called “Born this Way” which is also the title of her next album.


The song was amazing! It’s a good catchy beat and fun to…


Added by Sonia Rangel on February 16, 2011 at 8:36am — No Comments

Hispanic Scholarship Consortium Accepting Applications


HSC seeks highly motivated individuals who have a vision for their future,

meet their goals, and are committed to their personal, professional, and

academic development. The 2011 HSC Scholarship Program goes beyond

traditional services, and offers empowerment through scholarship,

mentorship, and leadership. The program is open to graduating high school

seniors, undergraduates, and graduate students.…


Added by Alicia on February 15, 2011 at 1:56pm — No Comments

Happy Valentine's Day


I hope you guys are having a wonderful Valentine’s day!! I know, I’m a little cheesy but I LOVE love! I do! It’s such a wonderful feeling and well I’m not just talking about the kind of love you feel for a partner, which is also amazing but about all the love we have to give in our relationships with our friends, family, dogs, (jeje), etc. 

I am happy to experience love and be able to tell my closest friends and relatives that I love them. I am happy to…


Added by Sonia Rangel on February 14, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

Valentines Day: El dia del Amor y la Amistad

Sometimes we think Valentine's Day is just for couples, married couples, or celebrating romantic love.

In reality, this holiday was established in 496 AD! This very old tradition was mean to celebrate any type

of special relationship that we have with people. Yes, that includes friendship, friends, and any love and care 

you can have for a person. You do not have to be older or in a romantic relationship to celebrate it.

When I was younger, I remember buying…


Added by Elaine Alvarado on February 13, 2011 at 2:40pm — 1 Comment

Media Mobility

Millions of miles away Egyptians are rejoicing in their ability to change history. United, they came together to overthrow President Hosni Mubarak after his 30-year presidency. Although Egypt is on the other side of the world, people all from all countries are celebrating this incredible victory with Egypt.


It's unbelievable to imagine this movement started on Twitter. Who would have thought that a social network would give way to such a massive movement? The internet is such…


Added by Helen Rodriguez on February 11, 2011 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Did You Know.... Day 1

So yesterday Marisol and Helen made my day by telling me I was knowledge able and a walking encyclopedia :) So in favor of them I have decided that every Friday I'm going to post some did you know facts.

So the national medical symbol why is it a snake wrapped around a T- shaped rod you may be asking. Well years and years and years and probably some more years ago this symbol came to be all because of small parasite. Ring worms are caused by fungus and can most often be caught if you…


Added by Ytzel Monae McDaniel on February 11, 2011 at 1:26pm — 1 Comment

With a little help from my friends...


Last night while I was heading home after a meeting and I got lost. I was downtown and couldn't find the freeway. See the thing is that I have a bad sense of direction. I have to go to a place several times before I know exactly how to get there. I've been downtown a few times but not enough to know my way around. Usually I have friends that help me and thank goodness I do. I called one of my friends that guided me back to the right way. 


Most of my friends and…


Added by Sonia Rangel on February 11, 2011 at 12:51pm — No Comments

Smithsonian Latino Center Young Amassadors Program

The Smithsonian Latino Center’s 2011 Young Ambassadors Program – Summer

Leadership Development Program

The Smithsonian Latino Center is pleased to announce the open application season

for the 2011 Young Ambassadors Program. The Young Ambassadors Program is a

national, interdisciplinary leadership development program for high school

seniors. The mission of the program is to foster the next generation of Latino

leaders in the arts, sciences, and humanities… Continue

Added by Alicia on February 11, 2011 at 10:52am — No Comments

My long awaited culture shock

written 10/23/09- thought I would share my culture shock and how thankful I am that I had it.  :o)


I feel as if I’ve been walking around with my eyes closed for the last 24 years of my life. If by chance they were open, I was numb to so much around me. I am so lucky to be working for a company that even through all the criticism and fear due to a struggling economy, still values diversity enough to continue investing in the future of Latino Leaders (and of all cultures). I…


Added by Celina Baca on February 10, 2011 at 10:11pm — No Comments

Cars + Sexy= good movie for kiddos?

I was babysitting my little cousin and just when it was getting a bit out of hand thankfully we found common ground: Cars the movie. I think that Cars is one of the cutest Disney/ Pixar movies and its one of my favorite animated movies of this generation. As I sat there and watched it though I slowly began to realize just how many double entendres this movie really has. Things like "Nice headlamps" and "I'm flashing" to name a few mild ones. I understand that children don't pick up on these… Continue

Added by Ytzel Monae McDaniel on February 10, 2011 at 2:52pm — 1 Comment

Baby its cold outside!

This past week has been madness with the rolling blackouts, freezing pipes, and intensly cold weather. It is very surprising that our city had to pretty much shut down because of the weather. Even though this is not our normal kind of weather I never expected that El Paso would be in such a crisis. I hope that city officials learned from this crisis and will take small steps in the coming years to be better prepared if the weather were to ever be this severe again. I am thankful that for the… Continue

Added by Ytzel Monae McDaniel on February 9, 2011 at 3:05pm — No Comments

Motorcycle Diaries


Yesterday I watched The Motorcycle Diaries or Diarios de Motocicleta with a friend. I had already watched it before a few years ago and I really liked it. My friend had never seen it and I thought he would like it we watched it. 

I remember when I watched it the first time. I heard about it from a friend. He had been moved by the film and well I was interested. The movie is based on the memoirs of Ernesto "Che" Guevara. Che and his friend are young adventure seeking…


Added by Sonia Rangel on February 9, 2011 at 12:08pm — No Comments

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