Although the Lynn blogs are coming to an end, my episode at this university continues. I have had incredible opportunities and experiences at Lynn. Just this past year I was able to work with MTVu for the presidential debate, I have had the privilege to attend national conferences where I showcased my work. My most recent accomplishment was winning the title of the second best multimedia journalist in the southeast party of the nation.
I have tremendously grown both as a person and a scholar over the past three years.I cherished every moment and learned from each and every one of them. Lynn unlaced my mind to new horizons and it has opened many doors full of opportunities. I look forward to my remaining time here and for the many experiences that have yet to come.
I hope all you enjoyed my blogs, although it did not last for long. However, if you wish to continue reading my journalistic work you can do so by reading the iPulse at http://www.lynnipulse.org
I truly believe there are signs that are randomly thrown out at you to give you reality checks. Today I was having “one of those days.” I took my car to the dealership to get its oil changed, and as I was sitting in the waiting lounge a very old lady approached me.
She began to talk to me about her life, and eventually told me that her and her husband were once teachers. She said, “that didn’t go well though, he had cancer and passed away,” then she said “I have cancer too and I don’t even think ill make it to Christmas.” We conversed for a bit more, and before she left she said to me “I wish you the best, it was very nice meeting you.”
At that moment I realized that had been a sign that was thrown out at me. Sometimes we become so blind that we don’t see the value of life. We complain and take the things we have for granted, and forget how valuable life really is. So take a moment and think about how wonderful it is to be alive.
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, not just for the food, but because I love giving thanks for all I have in life. Here are a few things I’m thankful for:
2. I have the most amazing mother in the entire world! She is my biggest support system.
4. My partner in crime. Love you!
5. I don’t know what the world would be without music!
6. Coffee! Enough said.
I have always considered myself a pretty lucky and hopeful person, but I’m still waiting for the day I win the lottery. I must admit that at the beginning of the semester I was somewhat hooked on playing the lottery, but that only lasted a month or two. Today I was shocked when I saw that the Powerball was at 550 million! And yes, I was one of those people! I had to go out and play it! I was also shocked when they asked for my ID! Do I really look that young? People always tell me I do, but I refuse to believe it… I won’t complain when I’m forty and look like I’m in my twenties though. Anyway, back to the main point, you never know, I could be that incredibly lucky person who wins tonight.
I recently attended the National Collegiate Honors Council conference in Boston, with a group of students who are part of the honors colloquium at Lynn. The conference offered a multitude of activities in which students and educators were able to participate.
In order to compete, we submitted an application last semester for the activities and or competitions we wanted to perform in. My partner Mauricio and I competed in the diversity poster competition. However, the other students represented Lynn in different sections of the conference.
My project was on the Hispanic influence on South Florida. It was the first time my partner and I participated, and it was a great learning experience. I have to admit I was a bit nervous the day of the competition, I think it was because I didn’t know what to expect. The competition was held in a big ballroom, we stood beside our poster and waited for people to approach us with questions. After two hours of explaining our research, and constantly repeating the same information to different people, a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders.
Little did we know a long and exhausting day would turn to be an awarded one. Our poster was chosen as the best in our category at a national conference! I feel very honored and proud about this accomplishment, all of the hard work and effort definitely paid off. However, what I liked most about this entire experience was that we all supported one another, and that I spent time with a wonderful group of students who well represented Lynn.
Now I ask myself… “am I a nerd?”
I carry a lot of responsibility in my hands as one of the editors-in-chief of iPulse (the university’s news paper). Which is why at this very moment I’m in the iPulse office printing tomorrow’s paper. Thank God I’m not alone though. Jennifer Rodrigues, an alumni and former editor-in-chief is sitting with me working on the layout for Tuesday’s paper, which we will have to layout tomorrow night after the debate. We both deserve a nice nap on Tuesday! Can you say iPulse loyalty?
On Monday I had an opportunity not many journalism students have. I had lunch with some of the Florida Society of News Editors (FSNE) members. These are some of the most talented editors in Florida! I also attended two of their panel discussions. One of the discussions had an emphasis on the importance of the Hispanic vote in Florida. It was interesting to hear the panelist’s views on a topic that intrigues me.
I would have never imagined that from playing in the streets of my small town to then playing in the snow in Colorado, my life would flourish under the radiant sun of Boca Raton.
I was born in Ibagué, Colombia and lived in Mariquita, a small town located in the heart of the nation. Mariquita is a tropical place full of culture, flavor, music, and the liveliest people I have ever met. I lived there for a few years and then moved to Denver, Colorado. Talk about the biggest culture shock ever! Not to mention that I set foot in Denver in the midst of winter.
I moved to the states with my parents and little by little we established our new home. Although I was just an eight-year-old girl, assimilating to a new culture was quite the experience. Close to two years after my arrival my life completely changed. My sister Mariana was born. She is the greatest person on earth!
To my surprise, Denver had bilingual schools that offered full-time education in Spanish. I continued my education in Spanish until middle school, and somewhere in there I learned English. I don’t remember when or how, I just did!
I grew a love for music at a very young age. I played the violin for four years and joined my school’s choir when I was nine. I later attended Denver School of the Arts from sixth to twelve grade. My major there was vocal music. That school is a wonderful place.
I now am a junior, multimedia journalism major with a minor in public relations at Lynn. You are probably wondering how my journey brought me to Lynn, but to tell you the truth I’m still trying to figure that out. However, coming to Lynn has changed my life significantly. Especially because it was here where I met my best friend, partner in crime and now boyfriend, Alan. I have had a wonderful experience at this university and I look forward to the rest of my time here.