Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked.

I don’t consider myself particularly “wicked”, unless it has the slang definition of suave, or cool. Then yes, I do consider myself extremely wicked/cool. However, this song has been stuck in my head for some time now, particularly this line, because really there “ain’t no rest for” me.

It’s good to have a balanced life, especially in college when so much is at stake, but it is definitely hard. I have to balance, ALL my homework, paperwork for going abroad, personal relationships, having a social life, work, having enough money, meeting with groups for our group projects, meetings with professors, meetings for my student organization, applications for Summer internships, interviews for Summer internships, eating and sleeping.

The truth is, there really is not enough time to allow me to give my 100% effort to each of these things, so I am having to prioritize what is really important and that is really difficult for me. I am so used to doing the absolute best at everything I commit to, but it seems that is just not possible at this point in my life. And, I have to accept that. The nice thing about going to college is that many other students are in the same kind of position. Many students have many responsibilities, are just trying to make it through a class and are still trying to find time to sleep! So, when it seems like too much, it’s nice to know I’m not alone.

The other important thing to remember when it all seems like so much work, and all professor seem to plan due dates at the exact same time, is that going to a University is a great privilege and opportunity that not everyone is afforded. Going to a school with many international and 1st generation students helps to make this point a reminder quite often. Many people know how fortunate they are to be here and have this opportunity. I have the wonderful opportunity of working as hard as I can to be successful this semester and show the world what I can do.

I am a Fan of Judd Apatow and Dallas Buyers Club

I love movies. And one thing that I get to do when I am really sick, coughing up a storm, laying in bed is watch movies. It’s usually the only positive thing about being sick. I am currently sick and so have spent all weekend laying in bed, watching movies. This time around, for my sore lungs, I have been watch many films written and/or directed by Judd Apatow. His mildly crude, bold, witty humor has been keeping my spirits up while I am trying not to cough out a lung.

Some of his movies include Pineapple Express, Anchorman, The Five-Year Engagement and Bridesmaids. He is also an executive producer for one of my favorite TV shows, Girls. To read more about him and his work check out his IMDB profile.

I have also watched Dallas Buyers Club and it was extremely moving to me. It provided a different perspective on the Aids hysteria that occurred during the early 1990s. It is an extremely phenomenal film and was extremely well done. This mastery has been recognized and so the film has won several awards. The movie stars Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto who are just extremely convincing in their roles. It maybe wasn’t the best movie to watch while I’m sick, since there were many sick people in the film, but it was so good I am recommending it to you now. To read a synopsis, click here.

Luckily, I am extremely comfortable and cozy in my on campus apartment so that I am able to rest. It’s ben a rainy weekend, so I have been able to stay inside in my room, or on the couch and sleep or watch a movie. Being comfortable in my little apartment should help in the process of me getting better so I can get lots of rest!

 

 

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

These past few weeks I have been fundraising money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. This has been effort as a part of the Hispanic Latino Student Union. We have been raising money to participate in an Out of the Darkness Campus Walk which was hosted by the student org, Active Minds. The walk was about 3 miles and open to the whole UMBC community. There were many people who came out to walk in support of fighting the negative suicide and depression stigma.

Suicide is actually the #9 leading cause of death in the United States and actually #1 leading cause for college students. Raising money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will help to educate and advocate to prevent this sad reality. If you or someone you know would like to donate, the link to the HLSU fundraising page is here.

One thing I have always loved about the UMBC community is that there are many people who participate in community service and are willing to participate, fundraise or support any cause that is for the betterment of the community. UMBC is a really great place to be an agent of change because there is so much support from not only faculty, but other students as well. It’s really easy to get involved with a great cause, when many peers and friends are involved as well.

Restaurant Review

My birthday was last weekend, so I have been having many different celebrations with my friends. The other night, I went to a place in downtown Baltimore called Ra Sushi. It was delicious! I love sushi and this was some really goods sushi! I really enjoyed the atmosphere of the place too. It felt very relaxed and they were playing some really good music. We were seated in a fashionable time and did not have to wait long before receiving our drinks and food. It was only about 10 minutes from campus and it was easy to find parking.

It was a really nice evening in the city and I would definitely recommend this place to anyone. Hope you make it out there!

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My Current Project

Currently, I am working to raise money for suicide prevention and depression awareness. Both of these things, which are directly related to each other, have been influential in my life. I have known too many people that have struggled from depression and lost too many people to suicide.

I have created a webpage to raise money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. I encourage you to make a donation or share this page with anyone has experienced the great struggle and sadness that comes with supporting someone who suffers from depression. This is a horrible mental state that could affect any race, class or age of people.

As a part of this movement, to show my commitment to raising awareness and preventing suicide, I will be participating in an on-campus Out of the Darkness Walk. A student organization, Active Minds, will be hosting this walk. I have never been a part of community that does so much community service or philanthropy, like I have been here at UMBC. It’s really great to know that most people know the importance of giving back and helping others.

Below is my fundraising page and the Out of the Darkness walk Facebook event page.

http://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=541918

https://www.facebook.com/events/665886790138668/

Never Too Old to Try Something New

This past weekend, I went skiing for the first time in my life.

Let’s just say I had a great time, but I don’t think it was a match made in heaven.

I fell down, a lot. I know everyone says they fall down when they’re first learning but I feel like I fell down an immense amount of times. I still had a great time, but I fell and lost my skiis, and got run over quite a bit. Anyway, here are some pictures from my weekend get away.

‘Tis the Season for Interviews!

Spring break is in one week. That means this coming week is full of midterms, projects and papers that are due. It is a lot of work. However, this is also the time I am beginning to hear back from organizations to which I sent an application and my resume. This is my last Summer before graduating, so it’s important to me to try something new and to be one step closer to knowing what it is I will be doing with my life.

So, on top of doing all my school work, I have been speaking with a few different organizations about setting up interviews. Interviews are really exciting! I actually enjoy doing interviews because they are like windows to the opportunities that are possible for me. I see interviews as possibilities for my future. Right now, there are some pretty exciting possibilities for my future. I really believe I can achieve my dreams and goals. I see the first few steps of getting there being accomplished. 

Through all the stress and all the homework being done for school, it’s important to remember the good things that are happening too.

I Have Never Worked So Hard in My Life

Usually, I spend a lot of time in the library during finals week. This weekend has changed that though. This semester is really challenging. It has required a lot of work, and so I’ve been putting in my time at the library. Work hard now, so I can enjoy my life more fruitfully later, right? That’s what I’m telling myself.

Anyway, here are some pictures of the library, my home away from home right now.

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Be Nice To Me.

“Be nice to me. I gave blood today.” That’s what’s written on the sticker I am given by one of the red cross nurses after my successful blood donation.

Today was the first time I ever donated blood. There are often blood drives held on campus, and I always see when they are being advertised. This blood drive was different though. Today, HLSU helped to co-host this blood drive. The Hispanic Latino Student Union (HLSU) contributed volunteers and helped to advertise for this event. As Vice President I saw an opportunity to lead by example.

In order for the blood drive to be successful, we needed many donors. I thought, why not just host the blood drive, but donate too?

There is a real, very logical answer for that question and it is …. because I am scared.

I am scared of needles. It’s not a phobia. My phobia is of people in costumes like Chuck E. Cheese(but that’s for a different post). I am just afraid of needles. It’s not as thought I have never had a shot or had my blood drawn. I have a health condition that causes me to encounter the needle far more than I would like. I just try to avoid being around needles if I can. It’s also something about having your blood drawn out of you that is just really freaky. I have this theory that your insides should stay inside and your outsides should stay outside, so having blood drawn is something that really grosses me out.

But I did it. I had my blood drawn because I want to conquer my fears. I did it because it was a challenge for me. I had my blood drawn because it might help someone else out some day, and I hope it does. I did it because I could. I physically could, so I did. I just had to overcome my mental mind blocks, and I was able to “make a difference!”

Salsa!

This week I began salsa lessons here at UMBC. The pre-registration fee was really cheap for UMBC students! It was only $30 for the entire semester. I find salsa to be the most difficult form of Latin Dance but also one of the most beautiful. We are learning New York Style Salsa, so it is more commonly seen in the United States.

The class seems like it will be a lot of fun though. I love to dance, so that’s great. And I have some friends in the class too, so it’s nice to share the experience with them. It’s also a  good way to unwind after a hectic week. I love dancing because for me it’s one of those things that just makes me smile. No matter the kind of day I had, how I am feeling, or what’s going on in my life, I always find joy in dancing. I’m really glad I have the opportunity to learn a new style of dance at school to show off to my family when I go back home.

In the spirit of latin dance, here is a bachata (my favorite kind of latin dance) song that I really enjoy. Maybe you will too!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euep-1XL7m8