Monthly Archives: January 2012

Help Save a DREAMer

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Please make a phone call for Yanelli.. she’s a DREAMer that is scheduled to be deported tomorrow that deserves a chance to stay in the US and she needs help. She has already tried to kill herself twice because she has no family in Mexico and they are trying to send her back.. People across the US are standing in solidarity with Yanelli. Have you made a call today? She’s from Ohio and is scheduled to be deported tomorrow, please make the phone call to help her.

Call ICE –John Morton @ 800-394-5855 or 202.732.3000 or 1-800-821-9358

Sample Script: “Hello I am calling to ask that Yanelli Hernadez (A# 205 012 525) be allowed to stay in the U.S. where she needs treatment. Yanelli is suffering from depression, has attempted to take her own life twice and should not be deported. This is wrong.”

Music in the Dominican Republic: Bachata

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Bachata is a unique style of music and dance that originated in the Dominican Republic. The music is often about heartbreak and may have a very slow beat, or one that makes you want to get up and dance. The dance can be very romantic, or very sensual.

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Cultures

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I love to meet a large variety of people. I feel that diversity is the key. By knowing a diverse group of people, you are opening many new doors to many wonderful opportunities. How?

Because it broadens your perspective on things. Knowing people who don’t share the same ideas or thoughts as you gives you room to think more creatively. Be friends with people that think differently than you. You don’t want to only be friends with people that think like you or you aren’t growing; you’ll eventually be left behind because the world around you is constantly changing.

Part of this growth includes befriending people that are ‘different’ than you. People who speak different languages or have different cultures. If you can understand their cultures, then you’re already advancing in the world.
For my final Spanish project, we have to write about an aspect of Latin America. Because I love the music oh so much, I decided to write about music from the Dominican Republic. I’ll post more about it later.

What cultures/languages do you find interesting? Do you speak other languages as well?

Education, Not Deportation

The DREAM Act, or the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors, was reintroduced on May 11, 2011.  It is a bill giving undocumented immigrants the opportunity to become legal citizens. The bill, however, is not open to all undocumented immigrants. There are set requirements such as the following:

  • Must be 12-30 years old at the time of enactment
  • Must have arrived in the U.S before the age of 16
  • Must have lived in the U.S for at least 5 years
  • Must graduate from a U.S high school, or get a GED
  • Must plan on going to college or serving in the U.S military for at least 2 years
  • Must not have any criminal convictions

As you can see, the DREAM Act is meant for those that are already here. It’s also more focused on children or teens. Those same children, who were brought here at very young ages, may not even know that they are undocumented until they are much older. Now they have to live in fear of being deported from the only place that they know and call home. Many don’t even know their home countries. These same kids have the same hopes, dreams, and aspirations as all other Americans: to succeed and be the best that they possibly can. They should not have to live in fear of being kicked out of the only place that they call home. They are indeed Americans, although not by birth. They are proud to be called Americans. They celebrate our independence day, they attend our schools and churches, and they contribute to our communities, and most importantly, they’ve become a part of us.

DREAMers are full of immense talent, just like everyone else. The only difference is their civil status. Denying DREAMers is like saying that they can’t cure the sick, although they’re perfectly capable of it. That they can’t start  a successful business. All because they were brought here over something that they had no control over. These talented DREAMers can and will help our economy prosper, if given the opportunity:

  • DREAMers like Walter Lara, an honor student who found out he was “illegal” when he was applying for college.
  • DREAMers like Stephanie, who started at UCLA when she was 16 and works two or three minimum wage jobs to pay for her schooling.
  • DREAMers like Eric Balderas, a Harvard biology major who has been in America since he was 4 and was detained when flying back to school after visiting his mother.

I’ve recently attended Senator Lugar’s symposium, and while there I was able to ask him a few questions.One of the questions was if he anticipated the DREAM Act being passed any time soon. He told me that it would probably not be passed this year, but he also informed me that 55 of the necessary 60 votes were in favor of the DREAM Act. That’s about 92% of the needed votes.

Come on DREAMers and let’s make this dream a reality! What do we want and when do we want it?

Effective Studying

We’ve all experienced that moment when we were overwhelmed by studying. Some people just don’t understand the class- how can you study something that you don’t understand? Some people just find it hard to sit still for long periods of time. Regardless of the case, this article is meant for everyone who wishes to enhance their studying skills.

It’s not the quantity, but the quality of the study session. It doesn’t matter how long you sit in front of your book, all that matters is what you get out of it.

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College Search Made Simple

If you’ve already began your college search, then you know how hard and stressful it can be. If you haven’t already, then you’re in luck because in this article, I will be introducing how to facilitate your college search. You will find your dream school in no time.

Cappex.com is a life saver for many students. It not only puts colleges in contact with you, but it provides many opportunities for scholarships, it features a college visit planner, it lets you know your chances of getting in, and it gives you all of the information that you would need to know about the school in question.

I stand behind Cappex 100% as it has greatly helped me with my college search. It only shares your information with colleges that you approve of and new colleges contact you everyday.

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Top 400 Universities

usnews.com has come up with the 2012 list of the top universities. What’s so special about this list? It’s not just limited to U.S universities, but the top universities of the world. This list consists of the top 400 schools, with 13 of the first 20 being American schools, 1 Swiss school, 1 Canadian school, and the remaining 5 of the first 20 being in the UK. I believe this list is well worth your while to check out. You never know, you just may be surprised!

From High School to College

There comes a point in every young adult’s life where we have to choose what we’re going to do with our lives. For many of us, the answer is simple, but if you’re anything like me, it’s one of the hardest decisions you will ever make.

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