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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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Winter…and the heat is on!

Swish...loop...crank...crank...nervousness...click click click (gear grinds)... click clack...This is the last hump on the roller coaster of my first semester.  There is a lot to do between today and the end of this semester, but somehow these last few months have...

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Yeah it's a bit past T-Day..

...but I don't think any of us needs a day to give thanks. I must say I am thankful for all things here - from my freedom of speech to the fact that my mom calls me every day [yes every day haha]. I would shed some light on my past and tell you why I'm thankful for...

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Four bloggers featured in The Boston Globe

Mean streets to college By Tracy Jan/The Boston Globe November 29, 2009 - It can be lonely at times being a first-generation college student. And as a low-income high school student applying to college, the experience can be overwhelming. Students can now turn to a...

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Homesickness 101

A niggling of homesickness and sadness washed over me as I glanced back at my friend Alejandra.  Just like most of the campus, she was heading to the airport…excited about going home for the Thanksgiving break.  And unlike most of the campus, I was walking to my Latin...

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