Thursday, August 30, 2012

When you go to college, do this...

This is the second fall term I do not return to school.

I have two college degrees: one in Graphic Arts (received 2008), and another in Interdisciplinary with a focus on Business (received 2011).  Needless to say, I spent a lot of time in school!

I liked college.  Whoever said that "high school is the best four years of your life" is full of shit.  High School was okay for me. I was in marching band, jazz band, and Honors band (BAND GEEK!) and made lifelong friends.

Thats' me!  I totally kept the proof. Yes, I played trombone.  :)
From senior year.  My best friend, Jaime, who is gonna be my Man Of Honor at my wedding.  :)

But college was better.

I met more people, I got to know Paul better (yay!), I got super involved, and I learned the value of education.  This education in college was not to be taken for granted since classes were now being paid for...and I learned to appreciate it all.

graduation for my graphic arts degree with my friend Katy.
I couldn't find a photo of my other graduation :( 

I have a niece and a nephew going to college for the first time this fall, and have numerous friends in school now trying to finish up their classes.  I feel compelled to write about the following for any readers heading to college, or already in college but looking to get more out of the experience!

How to Make College Totally Better than High School

1. Be involved.
I cannot stress this one enough.  You don't want to be the kid who sits in the dorm all day and night, or that never leaves their room unless it's class time.
Get out there! Join a club or two (or three, of four...) that you have in interest in.  See if the major you are in had a social club, or see if you school provided interest clubs like a Biking Club, a Photography Club, an Anime Club, etc.  Join the Student Government Association and help make your school a better place.  Play sports.  Be part of a decorating committee.  Be part of a welcoming committee...
...What ever you do, do it because you like it.  It will help you meet people and help you ave fun!

2. Sure..go to a party!
It's a rite of  passage.  Go to a party every now and then and go crazy with a few friends!  After all those classes and studying, it's nice to unwind every now and then.

But seriously, be safe about it.  Carry condoms, don't leave your drinks unattended, don't get so drunk that you don't even know where you are, and don't do drugs. Say no to drugs!
Party's more fun when you remember the party!

3. ...But also study. A lot.
Don't forget that your main reason to be in school is to pass your classes and get ahead in life, not to party.
Hit the books nightly, don't cram before a test.
These classes you're in (or your parents, or financial aid) are paying for them.  They aren't free like in High School anymore!! 
In high school, some teachers let you get away with not turning in work, or giving you make-up assignments and tests.  Not in college!
Pass your classes the first time.  If will look better on your transcripts, and it will keep you from having to pay for that class twice. 

4. Eat crazy food!
If you're living outside of home, chances are you are n a budget and need to be creative when it comes to food.  Experiment with ramen noodles, create new things using Chicken and Waffles (mmm!!), learn to make gourmet meals out of the food you have in your tiny pantry.
This is probably the most fit you will be in your life. Live it up.  :)

5. Exercise.
That being said...always exercise. Most school have a gym you can use, and exercise activities you can join in on like Yoga or aerobics.  Take advantage of these perks!  Most of the time, they are free to use and be part do them and enrich your body while nourishing your mind.

6. Challenge yourself.
Don't play it safe with your classes. Take classes that force you to look at the world differently.
Courses like Sociology, Psychology, Art Appreciation, Ethics, World Religions, Philosophy, and even some English classes like British Lit or Asian Lit will be eye opening.  Step outside your comfort zone and take these for fun!

7. Meet new people.
Make an effort to add people to your Circle of Trust. I'm not saying you should abandon your High School friends - always keep the good ones - but expand your circle to accommodate new people.  New people will bring about new experiences. That's always fun!

8. Read.
Enrich your mind.
Don't read just for school. Read for YOU on your own time.
trust me, it just opens up so much of the world at your fingertips.

9. Unplug.
When out enjoying yourself with friends, enjoying a school activity, or in class...turn off your electronics.  Facebook, twitter, and instagram can all wait.  Immerse yourself in what you are doing and enjoy the moment with all of your attention. It will be remembered better this way. You can always tweet abut your night later when you get home.  :)

10. Whatever you do, do it with dignity.
When I was in High School, our college counselors would tell us that we needed to go to a big school in order to be successful, or that we needed to be doctors, lawyers, or something equally as big in order to be successful.

Let me tell you, those things are not for everyone.

I went to my local community college for my first degree, and went to a school State University for my second.  I'm lucky enough to live 40 minutes from the University, so it was easy.

If you don't go to a big school, but choose a community college or a local college, don't be ashamed of it.  There are some amazing schools that fall in those categories.

Don't feel like you aren't going to amount to anything if you aren't a doctor or a lawyer.  Some people want to be in teaching, or art, or architecture, or construction, etc.  Do what pleases you, and do it with dignity.  Do it because you love it and because you dream it, not because it's someone else's dream.

Remember, this is your life and your future!  :)

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Call me, maybe.

While on a short drive with my dad, his favorite Spanish station started discussing the song "Call Me, Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen.  Never did I know such a perky little song would ignite such controversy!

Here we have two DJs and two opinions. 

The male DJ was saying that the song helped promote promiscuity, the female DJ was saying "you all are whack, it's just a song."

Crazy Obsessed Girlfriend Meme :)

The male DJ then started saying that little girls are sluts now a days, and they shouldn't be encouraged to talk to boys because it increases their slut-ness.  He also said that girls are born sluts...and songs like Call Me Maybe just prove it.  He kept referring to teenage girls as "zorras," which if you click the link, shows that it is a Spanish slang terms for "bitch, hooker, prostitute..." etc.

The male DJ was pissing me off, needless to say.
Who is he to call little girls sluts!

Mr. Racoon, go bit the male DJ!

So then they started taking opinions from callers...perhaps the most idiotic radio callers i have ever heard. 

One of them called to say that she wants Call Me, Maybe OFF THE AIR all over the world because it is making little girls turn into prostitutes.  She claimed that the song was making it seem that girls could just march up to a guy and give out their number so that the boys can call them for sex later. 

Not that the could call them to talk, or go on a date.  Nope. Just sex.

She also said that girls should be taught to not talk to boys until the boy approaches her and only boys should give out numbers or ask for phone numbers.  because girls that take that step first are totally asking to prostitute themselves.  Clearly.

My dad just laughed saying the lady sounded ridiculous.

So then the female DJ piped in and said to the caller and the male DJ that the song does not promote prostitution, that is is just a song.  That parents are the ones who should be responsible enough to teach their kids right from wrong, and teach the kids that songs are just entertainment.  What a sane response!

The male DJ in turn told her "you're out of your mind, this music is bad for kids!"

THEN WHY ARE YOU A DJ, SIR?!  you hate the song, you hate the music industry, get out of it!

Maeby Funke judges you, male DJ.
My thoughts:
This station has no problem playing songs from the male point of view about girls.  Girls with a booty that don't quit, girls and their breasts, girls and their lips, etc.  But there is never any outcry from the DJs or the community about these songs because it is expected for males to want women.
No one will complain about the male songs. Ever.

Call Me, Maybe is about a girl stepping up and saying "hey, i think you're interesting, let's get to know each other" and taking her fate into her own hands.  Girl power, right?!  Don't be the girl waiting in the shadows! No more wallflowers!

In the Mexican community, I know that female empowerment is still a rouge thing. A lot of conservative thoughts, apparently.  As a Mexican-American woman myself who is very much a liberal, I get funny stares and comments when Mexican males learn that I own my own business, or that I pay for myself, etc.

These callers voicing their opinions have this mentality that girls are delicate, slut-born flowers that need to wait to be courted.
To them, it is hard to even fathom a girl making the first move. Any girl who does MUST be a slut in their eyes!

I don't know what it will take to make those people realize that Call Me, Maybe playing on their daughter's iPod will not make them drop their panties for any boy that comes along. 
I would be more worried about their daughter's friends, activities, weekend plans, and what they hear parents saying at home.  Those four things would be the major influential  factors that decide what those girls do. Not the music they listen to.

Unless they listen to Nicki Minaj.  That's a whole other story.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The hardest thing about trying to keep up with a blog is...

...trying to come up with posts and having all these wonderful ideas, then sitting down in front of your computer and not know what to do.

Sorry for the lack of posting, guys.  :(

I need topics! 

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

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