this is my beautiful friend Mireya! She is such an amazing Dancer!
This is her page!
Anonymous said: Ehy! what was your favorite thing about living in Barcelona?
My favorite part about studying abroad was being able to dance on the professional level, experience life in another country, traveling. I love and appreciate so much the people I met and the experiences I had.
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After being asked what advice I would give to women of color entering college I
wrote the following. I then sent it to my younger cousin, age 16, in hopes
that she would appreciate it. Then I thought, well shoot! These are good things
to say to any person thinking about going to college! So, I would like to share it
with you all! If you know any students entering college, or in college already,
feel free to pass this on to them :)
1. OUR NUMBERS ARE LOW Alrighty...so the first thing I would tell this young woman of color is to realize that our numbers as brown PEOPLE are low in the higher educational system; and our numbers as WOMEN of color are even lower. Realize that there are not a lot of us, so seek out support in your community. Example: I am a 4th year at UC San Diego. The Latin@ population is 13%. The African American population has never exceeded 1.3% in all of its 60+ years of existence. These numbers in comparison to other racial groups on campus are daunting. However, Chican@, Latin@, African American, etc. organizations exist, and thrive. There is a strong community at our respective universities waiting for Us. Find support, love, and a home with these groups. Remember, that your main focus when you attend a university is to do well in your classes, and these groups can help you do that. Unfortunately, I think, since there are only so many of us in higher education, we represent our entire race. So we must realize that we are not just doing this for ourselves, but also for all of those Brown PEOPLE, not just women, that will come after us. This is my opinion. Other people may differ in opinion. 2. FIND MENTORS Find people who will help guide you throughout college. Who will help you find careers after you graduate. Someone, or multiple people, who have gone through this process before, and people who have the careers that you are pursuing, that can give you advice, help you choose classes, encourage you, suggest clubs, etc. People who believe in you and want to see you succeed! 3. ASK Don't be afraid to ask. If you do not know, ask someone. Don't be shy. Knowledge is power. Achieve your goals. 4. NETWORK Knowing people can get you jobs, internships, leadership positions, experience, etc. Talk to EVERYBODY. You make a ton of friends that way and you never know who could hook you up with stuff, opportunities, etc. Example: I danced on the professional level because I knew people, not because I auditioned. 5. BE OPEN The purpose of college is not only to fill your brain with knowledge, but also to open your mind. Find your community, let them support you. But also build new friendships with people you never would have met if you hadn't gone to college. Know where you come from, be involved in your community, the community you already know; but also form new communities. The college experience is for you to learn. Learn what your classes have to teach (think critically!), learn about life, and, ultimately, about yourself. 6. MAKE LIFE HAPPEN Generally, I would say expand your horizons. Take advantage of the resources you have and don't get hung up on what you don't have. Make due. Don't make excuses for what you didn't have. Understand what you don't have, and work around those obstacles to achieve your goals. You will be as successful as you want to be. YOU have to MAKE life happen. Make things happen for yourself. Be a 'go getter'. Make plans, make lists that detail HOW you will achieve your goals and follow them. 7. BELIEVE IN YOURSELF & MAKE YOUR OWN DECISIONS Don't let someone else's doubts stop you from pursuing your goals. Don't doubt yourself just because someone thinks your goals are unrealistic. You already made it to college. You already proved people wrong by getting into college. Now go on witcho bad self and make yourself happy. Strive to be the best, most successful person you can be. Con mucho Amor, Vibras, y Suerte, Chela