Since my sophomore year in college I’ve been blessed with jobs on-campus and let me tell you they are the best types of jobs to have as a full-time student. I’ve worked in various departments on-campus throughout the last 3 and a half years. My first job was non-work-study in the Admissions and Outreach Department as a University Ambassador. It was a great job where I got the opportunity to learn so much about our beautiful campus. I was able to give campus tours and do early outreach events such as college fairs. This job helped me tremendously with my public speaking skills. Months after receiving that job, I was offered work-study and got hired in the Teacher Education Department. This was beneficial because I got office experience within my field. I got to meet all the credential teachers and build a connection with them. Everyone was so nice and sweet since I was the only student assistant.
Finally, this past November, I decided to move on and take on a new job at the President’s Office. Its been a good change. I am learning different aspects of office work. I truly enjoy the working environment which makes me look forward to go to work.
Overall, if you get a chance to get an on-campus job, get it! There is many benefits, below are my top 3:
- Flexibility: All the supervisors I’ve had have been flexible with my school schedule. They understand I am a student and if I need to take time to study or finish something they’ll understand. If something comes up and I can’t come in the next day they are completely understanding.
- Weekends/ Holidays: You get weekends off since it goes by the school calendar unlike working outside campus where weekends might be the time you work the most.
- Networking: It helps you meet people from various walks of life who can guide you. You meet so many different professors and/or staff that can be you mentor and be willing to write you a recommendation letter.
“Sisterhood is the essence of all the wisdom of the ages, distilled into a single word. You cannot see sisterhood, neither can you hear it nor taste it. But you can feel it a hundred times a day. It is a pat on the back, a smile of encouragement. It’s someone to share with, to celebrate your achievements.” ~ Anonymous
“Sorority sisters are the siblings God forgot to give us.” ~ Unknown
These are all quotes that are a true representation of our sisterhood. I can say that I have joined the sorority that best fits me and has shown me what sisterhood is. On Thursday, February 21, 2014 sisterhood was shown at its best when we received the news of the loss of one of our sorority sisters from our Pi chapter in Eastern Washington. I didn’t personally know her and many other sisters didn’t know her either but our bond is strong that we all felt the loss in our own way. As sisters, we started coming together every chapter showed its support to the rest of the sisters and their families. It is unfortunate to have lost a sister at such a young age. Out of the 23 years of our organization’s existence she is the first one to have passed away. She will be added to our Omega chapter who will be dedicated to all the sisters that pass away.
I know the loss of someone is painful because of personal experience and seeing our organization come together has been beautiful. I know its not going to heal her family’s loss but I know showing our support will help her family get through it. Due to this we have set up a donation link to help her family with the expenses. Below is the link to the article with the details and the donation link. Any bit helps. Thanks
Everyone has mixed feelings about Valentine’s day. Some hate it, love it, or really don’t care. I’ve never had a Valentine but I always enjoyed the holiday because at least I have friends to celebrate it. In elementary school, I loved it because we would have a small party and give our classmates Valentine cards. Now, that I’m older I miss those days but I celebrate it differently. This year my sorority sisters and I decided to make this day well worth it and decided to go to a concert. Banda el Recodo is a popular Mexican Band that has been around for years. I grew up listening to them so I was really excited. The concert was in Visalia. On our way we stopped in Fresno to eat and headed to the concert. By the end of the night I was tired of screaming, singing, and dancing.
The next day, we had a sorority fundraiser. Our advisor is involved in an organization and every year they host a crab feed to fundraise money for scholarships. Typically, we volunteer each year and everything we get for tips we get to keep and use for our philanthropy. Our advisor made sure we were well taken care of throughout the whole night. He bought us pizza before the dinner started and offered us water throughout the night. After, we ate the leftover crab, pasta, and salad. It was delicious! At the end of the night, he couldn’t stop saying how proud he was. He truly is such a great advisor and is always there to cheer us on.
Valentine’s Day with sisters. We went to go see a popular Mexican Band.
First time eating crab. I actually liked it!
My line sister and I totally digging our bibs.
The excitement of homecoming might be over but the excitement of rush week is around the corner for sorority. Rush week is the time were sororities and fraternities have various types of events to recruit new members such as; information nights and socials. In most cases, organizations rush around the same time but it varies depending on the organization. Even though rush week can be stressful its still fun. Every year we have a theme and this year’s theme is NFL and our slogan is “Drafting the best since 1990″.
As social chair, I’ve been planning a few socials with different fraternities and sororities. Our rush chair has planned information nights and events where the interests can get to know the sisters and more about what we do. We will rushing starting February 10-19th and I hope its a successful rush and get a good group of girls interested in our sorority. Below is the flyer of events:
Wow, did winter break go by fast!
Today was the second day of the semester and I already have homework. So far my classes are going good but I know there are going to be a lot of work. Now, I am hoping I’m able to enroll in a History class that I really need. Praying to God. Enrollment has been critical and more challenging due the enrollment closures. I’m hoping for the best.
Overall, there is many things to look forward to, one of those is graduation if all goes well.
How’s your semester going?
This past Tuesday through Thursday I went back to visit my family in Watsonville, CA. Next week I’m starting work and then school starts the following week so I won’t be able to go home as often. It was a nice short visit. I babysat my crazy niece. I love her to death but she has too much energy. She wears me out but its normal for a five year old.
Wednesday my oldest sister, Elva took me out. We went to Carmel which is a small town near Monterey. We went to the mission there and after we went to downtown. We looked at different shops and got some free samples of cake and chocolate. After that we went to Monterey to eat at a Mexican place.
Later that day my old high school friend, Suahanai came to visit me. I hadn’t seen her in a year. I’m glad we were able to catch up. It felt like the old times where we would talk about anything and everything. I’m amazed of how regardless of time e still have managed to keep in touch.
Below are some pictures.
My old HS friend Suahanai
Typically, my new year’s is not eventful but this year was totally different. I spent it with who I consider like my second family. My roommate Mapy’s family and my friend Samantha. We didn’t spend it at any place, we spent it in Vegas!. I would of never thought I would ever spend it there.
We left Monday the 30th and stayed till the 3rd of January. We did a lot of sightseeing during the day and at night. On the 31st we had a nice dinner in our hotel with everyone. Once it was 10 minutes before midnight we went outside the hotel to see the firework show. After that we talked, danced, and walked the strip. Unlike other places, Vegas is the city that never sleeps.
This was a great start to my year. I felt in total vacation mode with no worries or obligations just plenty of free time which is rare during the semester. How about you guys? How was your new year?
My girls <3
Lounge in Vegas
This past Wednesday was a great way to end my Dean’s team experience for the semester. Dean’s Team is a great course that allows upper-division Liberal Studies majors to mentor lower class men through various discussion on topics of education and other assignments. My group of students were great, I truly enjoyed having them.
As a celebration we graded portfolios together and went out for lunch after. It was courtesy of the department to take us out. We went to Mariachis, a Mexican restaurant in town. It was nice because the Dean of the college came, the department chair, and of course Dr. Olivant (our coordinator).
As a thank you, we received a certificate and a goody bag. The bag contained a Starbucks gift card, chocolate, stamps, and pens.
#Certificate #Dr.Olivant #Deansteamleaders
In the spirit of Thanksgiving I want to share the things I’m thankful for. I could sit here and write for hours and probably go over the limit of space I have so I’ll just do my top 10.
- God. He keeps me sane and hopeful in the toughest of times.
- Family. Regardless, of whatever happens I know I’ll be there for them and they will be there for me.
- Friends. I have created beautiful friendships that I know will carry on after college.
- Sorority Sisters. When I’m with them I know it will be a good time whether is doing community service, fundraisers, business, etc we make the best of it.
- My Job. I recently started in November and I have enjoyed it so far. I feel blessed to be meeting new people and learning new skills.
- School. Its a love/hate relationship but I know that all the stress will be worthwhile because its helping me reach my career goal. There is people that don’t have the opportunity of a higher education so I am blessed.
- My Health. I’m not sick or disabled which means I have no excuse to do anything in life.
- My apartment. I have a roof over my head where I don’t need to worry where I’m going to sleep every night.
- Scholarships/ Financial Aid. If it weren’t for these 2 things I wouldn’t be able to pay for college.
- My laptop/phone. Sounds a little materialistic but if it weren’t for these devices I wouldn’t be connected with people nor would I of finished any assignments for school.
Like I said these are just a few. What are you thankful for?
Yesterday, I had a blast at the Salsa Dinner Dance in Modesto Junior College. The best part is that while doing it I was supporting a great cause. SURE (Students United Reaching for Equality) and the International Club at MJC hosted this event to fundraise money for scholarships. These scholarships would go to DREAMERS who due to their legal status can’t easily receive financial help to pay for college. I went with a group of friends and members of M.E.Ch.A (Movimiento Estudiantil Chican@ de Aztlán).
First, was dinner. The dinner consisted of fajitas, rice, beans, salad, and dessert. It was delicious and the Horchata was one of the best I’ve tasted. Throughout dinner there were some performances. One was Ballet Folklórico, Bollywood, and Merengue. I enjoyed all especially the Merengue. I might be bias though because my roommate and friend were in the performance. Salsa lesson came next which was so much fun. Finally, it was open dance floor. The DJ was good, he played several of my favorite songs. I danced all night and sweated like no other to makeup for not going to the gym all week.
Overall, it was a great event. Here are some pictures.