In order to “survive and thrive” on campus, we need to surround ourselves by a community of individuals who will support us throughout our journey. However there are times when I don’t want to talk about grad school…I just want to DANCE! Continue reading
Skip dinner to focus on homework (Check). Stay indoors to focus on work (Check). Eat the same thing for lunch over and over cuz it’s the easiest thing to prepare (Check). Having health complications due to eating habits and lack of exercise (Check). WOAH! WAIT! THIS IS NOT WHAT I HAD IN MIND!! Continue reading
CONGRATULATIONS to all of you! You have survived the toughest part of the application process. However after you submitted your last application you might be thinking, “What’s next? Should I visit the campuses I’m interested in?” Continue reading
I never imagined I would end up being in a long distance relationship. I always thought that people who were in long-distance were a bit crazy. How can you build a relationship when you are physically apart? Continue reading
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
I don’t know about you, but I was really intimidated to contact the professors I was interested in conducting research with. I thought to myself. “Who am I to be emailing these individuals? They have PhDs and I am barely graduating with a BA!” Continue reading
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
Moving to Indiana has been one of the most difficult decisions I have made in my life. Like many of you, I am very close to my family. Growing up, I always made decisions based on what was best for all of us. So once I received my acceptance letter to IU, I didn’t really know what to do… Continue reading
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
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