Lets take the time to be Thankful (Xicanita on the Move)

Thanksgiving has just passed an I hope all of you were able to stuff yourselves with delicious food and spend some time with family and friends. It is during this time in which I begin to reflect upon all the things I am grateful for. As I have mentioned in previous blogs, being in grad school has been one of the toughest experiences in my life: I am 2,000 miles away from my family and loved ones and I have had to quickly grow up in a spiritual, academic, and financial matter of the course of a year and a half. And of course…you always experience pain whenever you grow… But despite all of this Continue reading

Tips for Letters of Recommendation

There is a song in Spanish that says, reloj no marces las horas… clock, don’t mark the hours. This may be one of your thoughts as you sit on your couch on a Friday night to work on applications, only to realize that five hours have passed, and you have barely scratched the surface of your application.

Thankfully there is a section that you don’t have to worry to much about…you’re letters of recommendation…WRONG!!  Continue reading

Writing an Amazing Statement (Tips from Someone who Survived)

I don’t know about you, but lately life has felt as if someone pushed the “forward” button and all of a sudden we’re in the month of October. And if you’re applying to grad school, you might be at the point when you are beginning to panic a little. Applications are due in 2-3 months from know and you might be asking, “How the heck am I Continue reading

Xicanita on the Move

The majority of people are always in shock when I tell them that I am from California. The conversation usually goes like this:

“Hey where are you from?”
“What are you doing here!? Usually people want to leave Indiana and move to California. People in California are so chill and you guys have awesome weather!”

And I usually laugh and smile because I have lost count of the times I have heard people say this. But the truth is…I’m a Xicanita on the Move. The same curiosity that led me to study abroad during my undergraduate years is the same curiosity which led me to IU.

I know what you must be thinking, “Indiana is in no way as “cool” as traveling abroad.” But once you have had a taste of the unknown…of placing yourself in uncomfortable situations and learning to grow from them, then you are changed forever. You my friend are  Continue reading