Last night Latinitas gave me the opportunity to attend an advanced screening of the Cesar Chavez movie put on by HABLA. It has been a while since I've been excited about a movie, and I must say this is a movie to be excited about! I could feel the anticipation of the audience as we prepared for the film by chanting some of the same chants that would appear in the movie. We wrapped up with a very enthusiastic farm worker's clap and…
I had to postpone writing this blog until I could cool down and look back on this year's roommate disaster with a positive attitude. It is now that my school year is over and my apartment drama has long passed that I can look at my experience through a different lens. Last summer I left El Paso with nothing but positivity and excitement for my Junior year of college but as soon as I set foot in my new Austin apartment, a dark cloud formed over the new school year.
As the weather starts to warm up in Austin, I’m starting to notice a very interesting new fashion trend. There seems to be more and more people wearing clothing items that resemble traditional Mexican clothing. I have seen a handful of people wearing shirts with Mexican-style embroidery and even seen a few people wearing ponchos and huaraches. I started wondering if someone had raided my grandparents' closet! …Continue
For a long time I had one response for someone who considered themselves a feminist and it was, "Get over yourself". I couldn't stand women telling me, "Don't buy from them, that's a sexist company!" or "Don't go watch that movie, the director is a misogynist" or "Don't say 'hey guys' to a room of girls, because that's rude!". I figured that there were so many rules to being a feminist that I would just never get it right, or end up offending someone if I ever tried…Continue
Each year when I come back home for the holidays I am always surprised to see how much has changed in my city. New highways are being built, we are getting an awesome new shopping mall, a downtown stadium is in the works and new restaurants are sprouting up everywhere! Even though I am a person who doesn't always appreciate change I am actually very glad that the city of El Paso has decided to improve the city. It's about time! It gets very tiring hearing people complain about the city being…Continue
Added by Dominique Gonzalez on December 30, 2012 at 3:30pm — No Comments
Going back home is always a bittersweet experience for me. It is so great to see all my family again and eat all the food I had been craving. At the same time going home always reminds me how much things have changed, and also how much I have changed. One thing I realized this Thanksgiving break is how bad my Spanish is getting.
Every year that I am away from home it seems my Spanish gets worse and my Spanglish improves. While in El Paso I found it harder than ever to have a…Continue
I’d like to believe the only reason I behaved as a child is because of my intense fear of La Llorona. I still remember the first time my grandmother told me the story, I was traumatized to say the least. It didn’t make it any less comforting that my grandma used to live two houses and a highway away from the rio that ran along the Mexico border. I had to sleep with my grandma every time I spent the night at her house because I swore I could hear La Llorona coming for me. The…Continue
Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays, who doesn't love the one day out of the year you can enjoy a good scare, pretend to be someone else, and consume an extreme amount of free candy? However shopping for a Halloween costume this year has yet again sucked all the fun of such a wholesome holiday. Costume options for us girls are horrifying to say the least. It seems that every year more and more costumes are created that leave less and less to the imagination. Costumes are…Continue
I hate to admit I wasn't always proud to be a Latina. My journey to becoming a strong and proud Latina started when I came to college, and it still hasn't ended! Before I ventured out of my hometown for college I didn't have a strong Latina to look up to (or at least I thought I didn't). I believed in Latina stereotypes because I only chose to notice the bad in my fellow Latinas. I had no pride in being a Latina because I associated being Latina with dropping out of school, getting…Continue
Added by Dominique Gonzalez on October 8, 2012 at 3:57pm — No Comments
If you are a college student who has moved away from home like I am, homesickness is probably creeping up on you. I find the fall semester to be the time I get homesick the most. This weekend I heard from several people that they were heading back home for a couple of days, and it made me extremely jealous. The change of season along with rainy days in Austin this week really hasn’t helped my case of homesickness. Because I am 8 hours away from my hometown, the first time I am able to go…Continue
Being a big sister isn't an easy. My little sister can often be a handful and we have our share of fights, but since I left for college we have become extremely close. We can pretty much tell each other anything, but this summer she shared something with me that was kind of hard to handle.
I thought our vacation to South Padre would be time for relaxation and forgetting about problems back at home. I was wrong. One night as me and my sister were lying in bed she told me she had found…Continue
Ever since I was little Olympic athletes have amazed me. My favorite part of the Olympic games has always been the gymnastic competition. Mostly because two of the greatest female gymnasts the U.S. team ever had shared my name, Dominique Dawes and Dominique Moceanu. My name was the only thing I shared with these women though, they looked nothing like me. As a child I had never watched a young woman who shared my Mexican American heritage win big at the…Continue
The look on my dad’s face when I confused the Colts with the Spurs, made me realize my dad must have really wanted a boy. At 51 years old my father is the most buff man I know. When he is not benching 300 pound weights, or coaching one of the best football teams in the city he can be found sitting in front of the television watching ESPN. On occasion my sister and I have tried to sit and watch a football, baseball or basketball game with him, but we never make it to the end without…Continue
I'm pretty sure I am living a double life. Spending the school year in Austin and the summers back home in El Paso, has become one of the biggest obstacles I faced when choosing to leave home for college. In Austin I am a motivated and involved student. In El Paso I am a lazy bum who sleeps and eats all day. Moving back and forth is something I still haven't gotten the hang of.
As I had this conversation with a friend who is in the same situation as me, we both agreed that we were…Continue
Added by Dominique Gonzalez on May 30, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments
I love my mother for so many reasons but one of the biggest is because she always knows what to say.This semester I really let people get to me when they made fun of me for being an English major. I had so many people tell me I should change my major unless I wanted to be working at McDonalds after college. Usually I ignore them but this semester I really began to worry about where majoring in English would lead me. My mom picked up on my frustration so she did something…Continue
Ok college chicas we all know what's lingering around the corner, the dreaded finals weeks! Personally I don't think I have been through a more stressful time in my life! Late nights, nerves and a whole lot of caffeine! One thing I have noticed though is that my healthy eating habits go out the window during finals week. My diet mostly consists of coffee, snickers, hot cheetos and a bunch of other things I am too ashamed to mention!…Continue
Added by Dominique Gonzalez on April 26, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments
As I closed the dorm room door on parents in the summer of August 2011 I knew what I had done was irreversible. I was now completely alone in the big city of Austin, Texas.
Those first weeks at The University of Texas at Austin were some of the hardest times of my life. I had never known anything but El Paso. The heat and humidity in Austin was unbearable for me. I became convinced that my hair would never be anything but a frizzy afro. Real Mexican…Continue
Added by Dominique Gonzalez on April 2, 2012 at 4:30pm — No Comments
Lets face it, being a motivated chica isn't always easy! We all have those days, weeks (or in my case months) where its hard to find inspiration to do anything other than be lazy or sleep. You know you have been there, whether you find yourself staring at a blank screen, a blank page or even a neglected pair running shoes.
Getting motivated isn't an easy task, thats why when I need a pick me up I rely on the power of music. It is truly amazing how listening to one…Continue
In the midst of last week's SOPA and PIPA outrage the members of club Latinitas at Langford Elementary made a shocking discovery. Langford Latinitas sought to find more info on the stop online piracy acts and the protesting that had gone hand in hand with them. While researching one girl came across a startling article.
This article had nothing to do with SOPA the piracy act but with the sopa we eat, sopa Maruchan to be exact. This blog post stated many of the health risks that go…Continue
Added by Dominique Gonzalez on January 25, 2012 at 5:44pm — No Comments
According to Walmart, the "holiday" season has begun. Just last week my roommate and I went to Walmart and realized that they already had Christmas music playing! It's not even cold in Austin yet! For me the holidays are about one thing only, mi familia. The holidays don't begin until I get home, and I am surrounded by the people I love! All the Christmas music, movies, weather and of course food doesn't matter unless I'm enjoying it with my family.
So all my Walmart…Continue