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Strength, a noun, defined as the quality or state of being physically strong, the ability to resist being moved or broken by a force, or the quality that allows someone to deal with problems in a determined and effective way. To most it is a word that defines the power we need to overcome difficult moments in life. To me it is not limited to just the literal definition, it also constitutes my mother as my personal definition of strength. During the fall semester of my final year at San Jose State, I had an assignment in one of my Mexican-American studies classes to interview a family member, and listen

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Summer is upon us and with so much free time, it is not uncommon to utilize this time to find a new hobby or do something else besides homework. I reflect back on my summers in elementary, middle and even high school. With few obligations, I had the time for summer reading, and yes for fun! My local library’s summer reading program was one that highly motivated me to learn to read for enjoyment, rather than out of obligation. In middle school, I was a summer reading coach. I had the opportunity to teach younger kids how to read or to help them improve their reading skills. At first, I

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Finding something we are passionate about can really make a positive impact in our lives. When I was three years old, my family and I moved to South San Francisco. I was amazed by a group of performers on stage at a city-wide festival in a local park. I learned afterward that the dancers were performing Mexican Folk Dancing, or ballet folklórico. Even more astonishing is the fact that eighteen years later, I am still amazed at the vivid, colorful skirts on stage, the fast music, and the rhythmic dancing, just like when I was a child. Participating in ballet folklórico allowed me to freely express myself through dance. It

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Culture is important, always.   Over the past few years I’ve found myself reflecting on my experiences both inside and outside of the classroom. When I am exposed to new, thought provoking concepts in my college courses, I often find that my best analysis and commentary come directly from my own experiences. My first semester of my senior year at San Jose State University I enrolled in a Mexican-American Studies course titled MAS 135: Contemporary Chicano/a Issues. Though the title of the course gave me an idea of what the course would be about, it did not account for the wonderful lessons and knowledge I took away from the class.

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    “This delightful, textured, fun-filled picture book takes on the questions children of mixed races face with humor and offers a strong, positive message of self-love.  It comes alive through Shane W. Evans brilliant illustrations and Taye Diggs’ rhythmic text. All families will fall in love with Mixed Me!, because the message of loving what makes you special is universal.” – Common Sense Book Reviewer   Recently I took a walk with my boyfriend around the block. On our walk, I noticed that everyone seemed to be a lot happier or let’s say, smiley! It wasn’t a holiday, nor was it the day before spring break, and as we continued walking I wondered why

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