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Reflections On The First Semester

Wow!  Like everyone else has said, this semester has absolutely flown by.    I remember during the first few weeks of school wondering whether or not I was going to handle the social situation of all these kids that I had very little in common with.  I did miss my...

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Leaping Over Hurdles

“When life gives you lemons, make orange juice!” A close friend of my mind said this to me freshman year of high school. Now we are freshmen at Dillard University and the phrase has stuck with me over time. It means that anything is possible, there are not many things...

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Freezing with a Side of Steinmart

Class of 2009…Class of 2013…Class of 2015… After you say them enough, they all begin to roll off the tongue.  While these years may mean little to you, for me, they represent graduation years—high school, undergrad, Master’s…the list could continue for quite a while. ...

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New Year's College Resolution

First off, I hope everyone had a great holiday. Now that it is time for school again, it means it is time for me to get back to work. Last semester I really didn’t know what to expect, so I treated it like it was still high school. That was a bad move and by the time...

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New Year's Resolutions

So maybe first semester was a bit hectic. With the new year having just begun, there are so many goals I have set for myself. It is seldom that people actually stick to their new year's resolutions. That is why the list I've come up with is attainable and realistic,...

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Thriving First Semester

You're probably wondering why the title of my blog is "thriving" first semester rather than "surviving" first semester. Well, that's because a dean at my college once told me, that college is not merely about doing what you have to do just to get by or in other words,...

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Passion

This is post is going to be a McFlurry of things - just a heads up. I was recently talking to a friend of mine at Babson, Alex, and he told me he wanted to transfer to Stanford or USC [both in his home state]. But he said "Man, but I may just give up on Stanford, my...

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Tereza Ponce de Leon featured in Star Tribune

 The times alter the campus hue With increasing numbers of students of color attending colleges, professors face new challenges to reach diverse students. By JENNA ROSS, STAR TRIBUNE December 21, 2009 - The growing diversity of Minnesota's colleges can be measured in...

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TTBFS-The Truth Behind First Semester

I wanted this piece to be especially powerful, since I can now say that my first semester of college is over.  I’m half-a-semester closer to sophomore year, and 12.5{53c6eff5ce19621f7316832cfedf08caab022021f1679c62c3f44b8900ceaf72} of my college undergraduate...

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Happy Holidays!

Finally finished my first semester at Harvard!!! I can’t even describe how I feel. The first thing I did when I got out of my last final (Philosophy), was call my mom. She was at work so she couldn’t answer but I left her a voicemail thanking her for helping me...

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