Archive for July 11th, 2011

July 11, 2011

El orgullo de nuestros padres

by Eric Cortes

Our families wanted a better life for us when they move to the U.S.A. Families push first generation Latinos to better themselves by living the American life. It doesn’t necessarily mean assimilating, but it means educating yourself, finding career opportunities, and even love. Sometimes we balance our biculturalism which makes things complicated. However, in the end, it really is the power and push from our elder family members that drive us not only insane but to a better life.

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July 11, 2011

Stressed? Surf the internet (strategically)

by Alex Levine

It may seem counter-intuitive, but a few minutes online can be a highly-effective and highly-efficient stress reliever. No matter what your interests are, there is a place online that will make you forget about whatever you have on your mind.

First and foremost, identify whether you’re looking for one of two things: to get your mind off things or to share your experience. For me, most day-to-day stresses fall under the first category, but really personal problems fall under the latter.

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July 11, 2011

When the DREAM hits close to home

by Cristopher Rubio

It was during my second year as a high school math teacher in Southwest Atlanta that a knock on my classroom door changed my life. The 9th grade math teacher down the hall couldn’t handle Rolando and she probably figured that it couldn’t hurt for him to meet the only Latino teacher on campus.

As he entered my room, I said something to him in Spanish. I swear you’ve never seen a kid’s face light up the way his did that afternoon, just knowing there was someone like him. We quickly gravitated towards each other, probably because the school population was 99% African-American (we were the only two brown folks in the building). I tutored him in math after school, went to his soccer games, and even took him to a Lambda Theta Alpha Coming Out Show at a local college.

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