Take a day once in a while to explore a new place. By yourself. And I'm not talking about going out of state or the country (but by all means if you can, go for it).
Maybe some of these don't work for you at all. But giving them a chance -if you haven't done so already- could be worth your while.
Smile back at yourself in the mirror from time time in the most honest way possible.
Thank you for reading and have a beautiful day.
By Jessica Gonzalez Ferrer
by Jessica Gonzalez Ferrer
I walk out the door. I don't even look back. Not sure I can. Not sure I want to.
I walk. I walk.
I look up at the half moon. Cloudy skies, but still I can see it. I see a star. Just one.
I lean against a pole that holds both a stop sign and the street name. One I cannot remember. I just know that I breathe. I can breath the fresh breeze. Not too cold. Not hot at all. Just right.
Cars drive by.
A plane flies through the clouds. Still close enough. Right above me.
Slowly. I walk.
Faster. I walk faster to the beat of the music playing at the beat of my hearts emotions.
I got this. I am strong.
I walk back.
I walk back in the direction I walked away from.
Here I go.
It’s so free out here.
The breeze in my face… my hair blows back, away from my face.
It feels so good. So free.
If I go back in, when will I come back out?
I walk. I keep walking toward that door.
I look down. Slow down.
But then I keep walking.
I see light ahead, and the door I’m walking past on my right, the light is off.
I walk toward the light.
I stop one foot in front and the other heading back.
I look left and look right.
I turn my foot looking ahead around, to match the other.
One foot behind the other I walk… and turn.
I look at the door. Here I come.
It’s warm inside.
After high school, every student chooses a different path. Many may head onto college, while others choose a different route and decide to join the army, volunteer work in foreign countries, or whatever their heart desires. Those of us who decided to attend college immediately after high-school may all relate to similar freshmen experiences.
Every path chosen inevitably comes with its own challenges, including the university life.
Not only did I enter freshmen year with a negative mindset, but I came to acknowledge that classes were not as bad as other panned them to be. I remember taking Chemistry, thinking, “Oh man, this will be the end of me.” It was definitely not. Simply focus, listen to your professors, read on a daily basis, and you will do more than well. Best part is, you will still have time to have a social life, not to a major extent, but still a decent one.
To further extend my thoughts and feelings on the matter of college experiences, I decided to ask a couple friends of mine on their thoughts and advice to others heading into college, and their own feeling on the matter in general:
Giancarlo: Well since I was little, I have always thought to myself that I was eventually going to be a college student; I was basically told that this was the correct path to follow. The transition from high school to college was indeed a big change, but it was one that I already expected and so, I didn't really get all emotional about it. As I progressed on my first courses, I felt like I was doing well, I had a positive mind and it worked out for me. What I lacked, was a good study habit, mine wasn't that good, since I never really had to study while in high school. Therefore, I started planning my study sessions each day and organizing my schedule. I did study a lot, but I found out studying in sessions worked best for me. Every 1 or 2 hours I would stop and play some video games and then I would continue. It is true, that it doesn't matter how much you study, work always stack up and that is one of the main issues students face. I still deal with that problem, but I've progressed, by organizing and planning everything ahead. I learned that reading about the material of the current lecture before class is the best way to understand the subject.
Stephanie: College is where you truly discover who you are meant to be. It's a difficult road, with many bumps in the way, but at the end it's all worth it. Every experience you have counts; including failing exams, pulling all-nighters, gaining 10 pounds per semester or getting an A on the class that sucked the living out of you. You laugh, but you also cry, you make new friends as you lose old friends and, maybe, you even find the love of your life. Everyone always says that high school years are the best, but they are wrong; college years are the ones that you will cherish for the rest of your life.
We all have different, yet similar insights on college experiences. It is really just a matter of oneself. Allow yourself to learn, to fail, to be who you want to be in the best way possible, yet stay positive throughout the whole ride, even if it seems impossible.
Let us know your college experiences!
Actress Jenna Ortega WHO VOICES PRINCESS ISABEL ON DISNEY'S 'ELENA OF AVALOR' Celebrates PRODUCT Launch AT DISNEY STORE
By Shekina Marie Gonzalez
This year is a big year for Latinas in Hollywood. From popular tween shows to mainstream Hollywood films, Latinas are making great strides in the industry, and are poised to be bigger than ever this year.
Take a look at some of these superstars in the making who will soon be household names!
by Teen's Corner Editors
HAVE A LOVELY NOVEMBER and
BE THANKFUL FOR THE ONES WHO ARE ALWAYS THERE NO MATTER WHAT!
To the ones that not only educate, but listen, serve as counselors, help, and guide, today is a day that celebrates you around the world. Thank you TEACHER'S for working hard and caring. Thank you for guiding students and molding future generations. Thank you for always adapting to the change and putting up with us. You teacher's deserve more than a day. So thank you! A special thank you to all you wonderful and amazing teacher's.
Here's a favorite quote from one our favorite teacher's, Mrs. Elizabeth Ferrer.
She quotes Nelson Mandela, "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." We agree! She brings that change every day not only as a well prepared teacher, but also as a Special Needs Specialist. She brings her expertise, professionalism, and dedication every day to educate her students. That's why she is an #IconicChica! HAPPY WORLD TEACHER'S DAY to Mrs. Ferrer and all the teacher's across the globe who care and put time and effort into our education. We celebrate you!
You can find out more about Mrs. Ferrer here, including her preparation and passion of working with Special Needs Children. Her success rate is high and we love her for it!
CHICAS ACROSS THE GLOBE ARE BREAKING BARRIERS, REACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND CREATING THE WAY FOR THOSE WHO FOLLOW.
By: IC Contrubitors
Jealousy at its Finest Jealousy, a very ugly thing to feel, portray, possess in general, yet we all deal with it. Some say it heads more towards the woman standard rather than men. It depends on who you are and what you feel, really. This unattractive feeling leads only to negative side effects. Therefore, why must we feel such an undesirable feeling? How can we replace it with something positive we would enjoy? It’s difficult. In reality, jealousy does come from a desire we’ve grown to love. It can be dealing with a sibling, a relative, an article of clothing, or the common lover. Let me give you an example, a boy and a girl like each other very much, to the point where they start dating. As every normal couple, each has friends. What happens if one of those friends from that boy or girl becomes a problem? What will the other do or say? Is there really a predictive outcome, or at least the “right” thing to do? Apparently, each handles it differently. The girl may whine, complain, or stay silent. The boy may toughen up, create commotion, or also stay silent. As the story shows, everyone becomes jealous from a simple human. This human, a member of the couple becomes jealous with, should really be the least of their worries. Jealousy, in all and to all is a major problem. One that should be ignored, dealt with the simplest of cases and literally walked over. It is an ugly thing to have inside you, that “little green monster”.