Summer Plans

If you haven’t read my about me section then I will tell you who I am and what my plans are for the summer.

First of all I am a Senior at Saint Mary’s University and I am my major is Graphic Design with a minor in Electronic Publishing. I am currently waiting patiently for my Italy trip.

I am a Chicago city girl and I love to explore new things that go around the city. Every year I find something new and the good thing about this is that my best friend always tags along.

This year however is a year full of traveling. As I posted in one of my earlier blogs I will be traveling to Italy pretty soon. However, that is not the only trip i will be making this year. In July I will be going to Guadalajara, Jalisco, MX. I will be visiting my grandpa and other family members. But the exciting part is that it will be the first time my family goes together to Mexico and visit their siblings!

Other than traveling, I will continue working as a waitress with Best Waiters of Chicago. This will  be my third year working for them and I am very excited to meet new people and see my old friends and catering bosses. The events I usually work for are very big and full of wealthy people. Some of the events I have worked for are “Make a Wish Foundation”, architecture firms, law firms, etc. I have also worked for birthdays, weddings, and other social events.

Something else I will be doing is hopefully looking for another job that will help me out with my future career plans. Other than that I will spend time with my close friends and family.

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Definition of a True Friend

My Best Friend and I

Karen and I in second grade (Left) and us now (Right).

“Friends come and go but family is forever.” This is a quote that I have always kept in my heart. My parents, since I was little, taught me that there are certain people who would stay in your life and there were others who would one day walk away. They also included that family should always be number one to me because they were the ones that no matter the good or bad that happened, they would always stick with me.

It wasn’t easy for me to make friends because I was shy and knew for a fact that I easily get attach to people. Also because of what my parents had told me about not trusting someone so quick kinda made me even more nervous to make friends. But everything changed one day and I knew I could trust someone with my life.

One day, in 1st grade I met this lovely girl named Karen. She loved to sing, act, and was so random and weird. We right away bonded with each other when we met and after some days began to go to each other’s house to play. We both were the favorite ones of our second grade teacher. She was like a sister to me at that time because I only had a little brother. I knew since the day I met her that I wanted her to be a part of  my life.

The sad part about this is that when I stepped into my third  grade classroom she was not there. I found out that she had transferred to another school. I, however, still had hope that she would come back one day. The days and even years went by and still no sign of her. It always crossed my mind to go to her house to see if she was there but I was scared that some stranger would answer the door. So I kept on with my life praying each day and night to one day see her again.

During my the end of my sophomore year my mom had some big news to give me. She gave me a phone number and said, “Call her, she is waiting for your call.” I was so nervous! I didn’t know how she was going to react or what I should say to her. But the call was made and we decided on a date to meet up. She lived in the same house! I was so happy to know this. Throughout the eight years that she wasn’t around had a feeling she still lived there and well she did.

This was meant to be! My prayers had been heard! I was so happy to be back with my best friend and she was so happy as well. Since that day we reunited with each other we have been inseparable and our moms even tell us that we act like sisters. I attended her high school graduation and she attended mine. We have been to each other’s family parties. In good and bad situations we have been there for each other. We don’t judge each other but instead tell each other our strengths and weaknesses. In other words, she has not only become my best friend but she is now part of MY family.

My family sees her as a daughter and my cousins see her as family as well. I know for a fact that she will continuously be there for me because she has a great heart and she knows that I will always be there for her.

She is that friend that I know for a fact, will never walk away. I mean look at us now, both in college in different states and we still make time to talk to each other. We make sure to spend the whole summer together and still keep with our own responsibilities. This to me is the Definition of a True Friend. 

American Dream

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“A record 140,000 Latinos earned a bachelor’s degree in 2010, while 112,000 Latinos earned an associate degree, also a record-setting number, according to data from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics.”

The rates of Latinos that would earned a bachelor’s degree was very low back in the days, making it seem for the ones who still had a long way to get there have less hope to even get into college. However, each year more and more Latinos end up accepting a four year college education in order to get a degree and a better paying job.

Many of these students know that what is out there is not enough to have as a job. Most jobs are actually now accepting only those who are in college or have a college degree. This is one of the reasons why many are considering having a college degree and there are others who have big dreams for not only themselves but also their family’s future.

Knowing the fact that my cousin is the first one to graduate from college is a very exciting celebration in our family. She has worked so hard during her whole four years of college in order to graduate on time and to be a role model to the rest of us in the family. She is not only a role model to us in the family but also to those in our community.

She is graduating with a Bachelor’s of Arts and Education Studies with Spanish. She has had some experience teaching a class in Mexico. This summer she plans to get an internship this summer in a school to help kids meet certain objectives that the school wants them to meet.Overall, she is doing what she can by taking small steps to get to where she wants to be.

I believe that Latino students should keep themselves updated on what is going on with the graduation rates in the United States and do their the best to be part of a statistic that is making a difference in the country. Not only is this a good thing for the student but also it is an accomplishment for their family. To have someone with a degree from college and doing their best to have a better living is the “American Dream” many Latinos nowadays have.

Check out these links for more information:

Colleges With The Highest Hispanic Graduation Rates, Report

Hispanics Are Now the Largest Minority in College

We Go Through a Tough Time Too!

ImageSomething that has always bugged me is the fact that people say that being an Art/Design major is a joke. I mean obviously when people ask me, “What is your major?” and I say “Graphic Design”, they right away assume that it is the easiest thing on Earth.

Well folks, it is not. Just like any other major, Graphic Design takes a lot of work and time in order to have a great or “perfect” project to show to the professor, client, or boss. And there are times where they will tell you to do it over or it is not good enough.

I, at this moment, am not out working in the field yet and have not had any on site experience, but just by the way we work in class and what my professors tell me gives me an idea of how it is going to be when I go out there. One thing for sure that I know is that graphic designers work on multiple projects at once and sometimes have critiques that we have to be part of.

I know for a fact that getting a job after college is going to be very tough. Just like any other career, there is a lot of competition and sometimes they prefer those who have some experience in the field. This is another big thing that most of my friends do not know and think that I will immediately get a job in a firm or company.

In the end every major requires hard work and dedication. If the person loves their job then they will never complain about it but instead have a great time doing what they love. I believe people should appreciate graphic designers because of their creativity and time they take to immediately come up with a new idea if one does not work out. So take in consideration the hard work they do. (:

Here are some links that have more information about myths and facts about Graphic Designers:
http://www.creativeopera.com/2009/8-common-graphic-design-myths/

& The Countdown Begins…

Venice, Italy

Non ci posso credere! I cannot believe it! In 22 days I will be flying across the ocean to Italy.

Honestly I am very nervous about this trip because it is my first time going to Europe. I will be in Italy for three weeks with 2 professors and sixteen students of my university. We have been meeting every Wednesday at seven p.m, as a class, to ask questions, listen to lectures about the places we will be visiting and to go over some Italian customs, words, etc.

I am actually a bit worry about the language and not being able to understand it. However, the Italian language and Spanish language have some similarities so I feel like I might understand what they are saying. I am currently learning some Italian in class but it is just common phrases like “Buon Giorno!” and “Non Capisco” meaning “Good Morning” and “I don’t understand”. We are also learning about the Italian lifestyle and the history of the architecture in Italy such as The Colosseum, the Pantheon, Leaning Tower of Pisa, etc.

Another thing I am worried about is the style of clothing. I still have not decided what to take to Italy because of the rules they have in order to enter the Vatican and other museums. We were told that we cannot show our shoulders and our knees when entering the Vatican or the churches because it is disrespectful. I know for sure I will have to go shopping before leaving to Italy and get some comfortable and appropriate clothing. I wonder if the “Fashion Police” does really point you out if you are not wearing appropriate clothing or are not in style.

Even though I am somewhat nervous, I am actually beyond excited to leave already and explore Italy. I want to actually live the life of an Italian, their lifestyle, look at the art and architecture, and even try out new food. I am ready to hike  Mt.Grappa, go water rafting, wine tasting, and even learn how to cook an Italian meal. I am not sure what else to do there or what else to see. I am hoping that my friends or whoever has been to Italy to recommend me places or food to try out while I am there.

And as I said before, Non ci posso credere! I cant wait to be in Italy!! 🙂

Art and Unexpected Friendships

Photo By Mary Joyce

The Girls and I at the Milwaukee Art Museum
Photo By Mary Joyce

The Art Club has a trip every year to go visit an art museum near the state of Minnesota.  This year we decided to take a trip to Milwaukee to the Milwaukee Art Museum. Twelve girls, including me, and two professors gathered up at the information desk at the student center at 3 p.m. We packed our vans and were ready to go. On our way to Milwaukee the girls and I introduced each other and began to converse about our art classes and what we were expecting to see in Milwaukee.

After a four-hour ride we stopped at Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant. We had so much food. From salads, to pasta to chicken, and even had my favorite desert, Tiramisu. It sure was a great dinner. We were all talking to the professor about our classes and future. The professors gave us a lot of information that was useful for our future careers and for our classes now.

Photo by Carla Olivares

The Lobby of the Aloft Hotel in Downtown Milwaukee
Photo by Carla Olivares

It was getting late so we left to the hotel where we were going to spend the night at. The hotel’s design was so modern and the rooms were incredible. The furniture off it had a “future home” type of look and it sure went with the overall design of the building. We were expected to be up by eight in the morning the next day so we all went to bed because it had been a long day.

Early next morning we went to the Milwaukee Public Market. This place is amazing!!! It has everything you need! Well food wise. Such as breakfast, sweets, lunch and even dinner. We decided to go to the coffee station for a doze of caffeine. We all sure did need some coffee that morning to get pumped for the next three hours we were going to spend at the museum.

Photo by Carla Olivares

Photo by Carla Olivares

Some of my friends bought cheese curds and fresh grapes to eat for breakfast. I looked at them sorta confused of their choices. However, I still tried the cheese curds because I had never had them before. And I can say they were a great choice! I really liked them.

After breakfast we headed out to the Milwaukee Art Museum. I fell in love with the design of the building! The parking lot also had a great design. You can see it on the picture below.

Photo by Carla Olivares

Photo by Carla Olivares

As we walked in the museum my eyes where looking everywhere. There was just so much to see that was so impacting. The structure of the building and the view of Lake Michigan out of the windows from the museum was phenomenal. And then we began to look at all the artwork that was mounted on the walls of the museum. I like how the walls were painted in different pastel soft colors which helped the paintings stand out more from the frames that surrounded them. Although, some of the other walls were just plain white and well it still help the statues, paintings, and other media stand out. Here are some examples:

Photo by Carla Olivares

Photo by Carla Olivares

Photo by Carla Olivares

Photo by Carla Olivares

After going around the whole museum, the girls and I decided to go out to eat lunch at a sub restaurant. I can honestly say that we became more closer than the first day we had met in the Art Club. I know for a fact that I will constantly see these amazing girls around campus and can sit down and chat about anything. And I know this because on our way home we were laughing, singing, and even went out to eat dinner together that same day.

Who knew that art and a trip could get a group of girls to become friends. I sure do recommend this or any kind of trip with a group of friends and you will tell how much a friendship can grow. I sure did have a great time enjoying the city, the art in the museum, the FOOD, and the the great times with the girls. (:

Here are some more pictures of Milwaukee!

Photo by Carla Olivares

The inside of The Milwaukee Art Museum
Photo by Carla Olivares

Taken By Media

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“In one generation, girls seem to have moved from Easy-Bake to easy virtue.”-(Times Magazine, 2008)

It is quite an eye opener to see how young girls are growing up so fast. Girls are now shopping at teen stores such as Forever 21, Charlotte Russe, and even Victoria’s Secret for the latest trends. Is it that media is really playing a role on this?

Well it is believed that, according to Time Magazine, “Young girls are sexually loose because they’re aping behavior they see on TV or read about in magazines.” These magazines have girls “role models” posing in clothing that may be too appealing for such a young age. As girls, we have this instinct of imitating that “role model’s” way of dressing, way of living, and sometimes way of dieting.

At the age of 14, I watched “Laguna Beach”. I immediately fell in love with Lauren Conrad and her style. I would stay updated on her clothing, her goals, and even her show, “The Hills”. Honestly, it was not a great show to watch at my age but in my household my parents never had rules over what exactly we could not watch.

However, can it be possible for parents to actually set up rules in this era to their children of what to watch and what not to? Well it can be tough. These girls now have so much other type of ways to look at this media that is quite an insoluble situation. Its not like they would block all websites, TV channels, and even phone apps from their daughters. It is just too much to do.

These girls need better role models or at least be taught when they are young that not everything they see out there is not the real deal. Sometimes they have to take step by step to get to become like their “role model”. Growing up it is a process and these young girls need to understand that.

As a sister of a 14 year old, I learn more and more about what is going on in their minds in this generation and how they take media and try to imitate it. Something I do is remind my sister that she is beautiful and not to change for anyone. A constant reminder is all they need. If truly helps them to see that their close family cares about them and it boosts up their self-esteem.

 “You are beautiful just the way you are!” The most meaningful words you can say to a young girl or just anyone in general, other than “I love you”. Let your sister, daughter, friend that they are beautiful and not to believe the media. 🙂

For advice on how to help girls with body image check this website out: http://www.webmd.com/healthy-beauty/features/helping-girls-with-body-image