Category Archives: College

Harry Potter y la importancia de la educación

No importa si leíste los libros o viste las películas, todos hemos notado el importante rol que juega la educación en la popular serie.

Por primera vez desde que entré al mundo laboral, disfruté de unas largas vacaciones decembrinas. Las cuales utilicé, por supuesto, para hacer feliz a mi corazoncito geek viendo Star Wars y Harry Potter. La nueva película de Star Wars ha dado mucho de que hablar y aunque fue mi primer amor de niña, Harry Potter creció junto conmigo.

Ahora que las veo con mis ojos de adulto me doy cuenta de muchas cosas: la actuación, el maquillaje, la edición, más diferencias con los libros, y del set principal. La mayor parte de la trama se desarrolla en la escuela, es en Hogwarts donde el reinado de Voldemort inicia y donde termina, donde Harry, Ron y Hermione aprenden no solo conocimientos sino también valores y donde eligen trabajar los magos más inteligentes y poderosos.

No pude dejarlo a comparar con la realidad mexicana, renegando de ir a la escuela, celebrando la graduación como liberación y muchos no volviendo a tomar un libro o una clase. Donde en lugar de ver a sus profesores como mentores y guías se ven como figuras de autoridad a las que temen y evitan. Mi reflexión fue la siguiente, ¿no deberíamos de darle más importancia a la educación? A exigir que sea de calidad, a elegir a los mejores maestros, a hacer de ella un modo de vida digna.

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We are a family

I just began reading Marina Keegan’s book. “The Opposite of Loneliness” is powerful, well written and connects with the reader. It’s little to say I’m sensitive.

Today I receive some horrible news, I don’t need to give details, there are all over the Web. I don’t know how people learn to deal with this, so I’m going to do it in the best way I can: writing.

At this moment I’m sad and furious. I’m sad because of everything that happen, because my dearest friends are struggling, suffering and I’m not there to offer them a hug and my shoulder. Friends, I’m here, for you, always, at any time.

I’m sad because no one realize, I’m sad because I cannot believe that this is happening, that a clever, sensitive man who I talked to, whose pictures I just liked less than 20 hours ago, is gone.

And I’m furious by the way all of this is being handle. So many whys, no answers. I don’t need to hear the theories that some websites are pulling. We are still a family, we support each other, we care for each other and through darkness and light we go hand by hand. Dear friends, friends of friends, don’t feel lonely, we are hear, I’m hear.

Today I’m praying for him, and for his family. But I’m also praying for each and everyone. I hope you can find peace and strength.

How to be a new hire feels a lot like being a freshmen

When everything and everyone is shinny and new. Even if you like it or not, you’ll make mistakes and there are things that takes time to learn. 

stormsI’ve only been working full time for almost two months but I already have things to share. This semester has been one of the most exciting for me. This December was the official end of my life as an undergraduate student and the beginning of my life as a worker.

These two bubbles, college and work, overlapped in my life since the 1st of November. The past month and 28 days were exhausting but included a massive amount of learning. I got the best of both worlds, for that I’m thankful.

During my four and a half years in college I did internships, had part time jobs and got involved in student associations and other groups. Did these experiences helped me in my job? Yes. Were they enough? No.

Every challenge in my previous work experiences was different and very enriching, but for the first week of my job as a Public Relations specialist (in case you were curious about what I do) I felt very clumsy. The feeling made me remember early August of 2009 because it was like being a freshmen all over again: you feel excited all the time, motivated to do your best, happy for the opportunity and unfortunately very clumsy. You are just trying too hard.

I’ll like to share the few things I learned, the reason I remember them is because I’m the kind of person that over-thinks everything

  • Be humble about your abilities, every situation will be new
  • Be confident. You can do it. They chose you, they’re training you, then you have the potential.
  • Be objective (try). Be critical with what you deliver but don’t be so hard on yourself. No need to dwell for hours about the mistake you already made.
  • Lastly, be optimistic. Every experience adds up, not all your effort go under noticed and it’s just the beginning of a life-long trip, so enjoy!

Why college cheerleading is empowering

The Yale Cheer Team is not about uniforms, body glitter or catching boy’s eyes. It’s about hard work and inspiration.

I have to admit it, I used to think that cheerleaders stereotypes were true. What a great surprise I received the moment I step in WPG and saw the beginning of spring semester’s open class.  I was shocked.

These girls can do everything, they can base, they can fly, they stunt, they can lift basically anything. And after an exhausting practice they go back to their dorms, finish their homework, papers, psets and get As in Yale.

The main reason that attract me to join them is their work ethic, not  any of the reason movies show you. . The hard work they put in everything they do is inspiring. They make lifting two girls look easy and effortless (it isn’t, trust me).

In my two months as a member of the team  I learn I am strong, something I didn’t believed before. That if I can do those amazing physical things I can give an amazing oral presentation, and so on.
I learned that if you train hard enough you can achieve great results. In the morning you go and ace your classes and in the afternoon you do amazing stunts with a smile. Not easy but doable.

Last, but not least, it reinforces the idea of that you can achieve more as a team than by yourself. You have to trust your stunt team. Only by trusting you can go, jump, and fly a few meters.

There’s a certain stigma about cheerleading, and I can say that is stronger outside the USA, so I usually don’t talk about my experience. But I was inspiring by a newspaper piece I saw prior to The Game (Yale vs Harvard annual football game). I read my former team members experiences and I couldn’t help but smile. There were the interviews to my premed major friend and my neuroscience major captain, I could remember our dinners talking about poliscience papers and psets.

This is my small contribution to the college cheer teams (and other teams, why not). And to the general criticisms I only have two things to say to you: stop throwing shade and saying comments that sound a lot like slut shaming. Do believe me that while doing a stunt the last thing in our minds is if we look cute or not.

Feminismo desde la trinchera intelectual

Cuando se habla de los derechos de la mujer, no creía tener un prejuicio a favor de ellos, ¿pero y sí lo tengo?

Después de haber leído “Half the Sky” libro por los ganadores del premio Pulitzer: Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn me di cuenta de que tal vez si estoy prejuiciada a luchar por los derechos de la mujer. Porque yo soy mujer y me beneficia, sí. Pero también porque soy una mujer muy afortunada. Alrededor del mundo y sin irnos más lejos en nuestro mismo país, las mujeres son discriminadas en materia laboral, educativa, en servicios públicos y de salud, solamente por su género.

Las historias van desde las más desgarradoras: víctimas de pedofilia, secuestro y prostitución; hasta las de mujeres educadas que topan con el techo de cristal y con un salario inferior al de sus compañeros hombres al realizar el mismo trabajo.

Es así como caí en cuenta de que no sólo soy una minoría por haber ido a la universidad, sino también soy una minoría de la minoría por ser mujer y ser educada. Es altísima la probabilidad de que hubiera nacido en una familia de este mundo donde mi salud, alimento y educación fueran la menor de las prioridades.

En los pasados tres meses he ido a todas las conferencias y cumbres que he podido y que se han celebrado en Monterrey. De una u otra manera el papel de la mujer ha salido a la luz en las discusiones.

  • En la cumbre de Cumbre Global de la Juventud: BYND 2015 en el Tec (replica de la Cumbre Global de la Juventud en Costa Rica) enfocada a resolver problemáticas mundiales por medio del uso de la tecnología de la información: en el capítulo de salud (dónde estaba yo) al hablar de las brigadas de salud eran las madres de familia el actor más importante en la fase de implementación, así como  las promotoras de salud, de quienes dependía que una iniciativa en una zona rural fuera exitosa.
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  • En la mesa de diálogo “Retos del liderazgo femenino” en la EGADE cuatro mujeres de diferentes ámbitos relataron sus historias en el campo profesional y con su familia. La alcaldesa Margarita Arellanes, la rectora Lourdes Dieck, la directora de Equality Ana Rosa Ruíz y la directora de Harmony Experts Eloísa María Ortiz. Quienes resaltaron el papel de la mujer como promotora de la educación dentro de la familia, su papel en la economía nacional y la conclusión positiva y enfocada al aprendizaje de la Ing. Eloísa “mis detractores han sido mis mejores mentores. Todos ellos hombres.”Image
  • La tercera experiencia fue la conferencia de Amelia Valcárcel titulada “Feminismo y ciudadanía: fundamentos filosóficos” llevada a cabo en Rectoría de Campus Monterrey. Donde relató el feminismo a través de la historia. Ella sitúa el nacimiento del movimiento en las declaraciones de independencia ya que al ser escritas declaraban “todos los hombres nacen iguales”  pero las mujeres eran excluidas y reducidas a la ley de la obediencia. Me sorprendió que la agenda de los feministas vanguardistas ilustrados (siglo XVIII) hayan enlistado los mismos puntos por los que hoy seguimos luchando: que no se case a las mujeres a la fuerza y que tengan educación formal.

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Este año se celebra el 60 aniversario del voto de la mujer en México. En aquella época reinaba una democracia excluyente donde solamente la mitad de sus ciudadanos eran dignos de decidir. Hoy es el día de la niña en el cuál se defienden sus derechos. La Declaración de los Derechos Humanos nace de las filas feministas socráticas, con su exponente estadounidense Eleanor Roosevelt.

Pareciera que los derechos limitados por género son cosa del pasado, sin embargo no es así. Los invito a todos a leer “Half the Sky,” la historia de Lucero en Guanajuato, Malala en Paquistán y muchas otras. Los invito a contar el número de mujeres en puestos altos en universidades (rectoras/vicerrectoras), en política (alcaldesas y gobernadoras) y en la industria (presidenta, directora general) en México.

En mi temprana juventud me desasocié de la palabra feminismo porque estaba rodeada de un ambiente en donde la meritocracia reinaba y las imágenes que se presentaban en Monterrey acerca del feminismo eran de marchas, beligerencia y bras en fuego. En cambio, ahora después de conocer las estadísticas, leer las historias de discriminación por ser indígenas o mujeres en la industria, de violencia contra la mujer y las iniciativas de microcréditos, liderazgo, educativas y de salubridad me considero feminista. Porque más allá de ensalzar un género u otro, el objetivo del feminismo es desestimar a quienes se empeñan en jerarquizar los géneros.

Girl Declaration

BYND2015 : The hub in Monterrey

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I have to be honest, the idea of waking up super early on a Saturday was not tempting at all. Especially after the big celebration my university had a day before. However, this last Saturday was one of the best days I have had during the current semester. In an amazing effort made by college students and professors we did a replica of the Youth World Summit that is taking place next week in Costa Rica. In several halls at Tec de Monterrey we discussed the main topics that the summit will tackle: Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Citizenship and Governance, Environment, Online Safety and Health. For each topic we formed a workshop making our city an official hub of the event BYND2015. Other universities around the world are taking part of BYND2015 making replicas of the summit and then sending out their ideas and proposals of how issues could be solved using information technologies.

If this event would have taken place a year ago I would have probably chosen citizenship and governance because of the classes I have taken. Yesterday I chose something different and I’m very grateful for everything that has influenced me to do so. Thanks to my experience at Yale I love to explore academic courses and to do something out of my comfort zone has become exciting, thanks to my formation at Tec I’ve learned to think out of the box, and thanks to a summer acquaintance I’m no longer scared to be politically incorrect and respectfully express my opinion.

So that’s the short story of how this IR major senior joined the health workshop. Let me tell you that Med students can be a bit intimidating when they start using terms and classifying diseases. I may not be an expert on health issues but I have concerns too. Like the rise on the polio, AIDS, and cancer cases around the world, the overly saturated public health centers in Mexico, and the lack of safety in some vaccination centers.

The multidisciplinary team worked perfectly together. Professor Loya was really helpful and enthusiastic. The dynamic between the students was great, even if the workshop was early in the morning, we had more ideas and proposals than time. The whole experience was amazing, we had so much to say and everyone was actively participating. By the time I noticed three and a half hours had passed by and we had to submit our proposal.

I am proud to be part of #hubMty. I hope that the replicas around the world and the summit at San Jose are as productive and inspiring as this one. BYND2015 was the best way to spend a Saturday morning. Please stay tuned as more students and world leaders address issues our world is facing. We are going beyond the Millennium goals by proposing fresh and doable solutions.

This is me brainstorming with my team

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The Health Workshop

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The members of the Hub Mty

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*Pictures taken from the official Facebook group of BYND 2015 MTY Hub

Get distracted

This goes to all the overachievers out there, me included.

We were educated to use in an effective way every little bit of time we have. We set goals and we do plans, which is all good. However, life has its own path and timing. I used to get frustrated when my summer didn’t went as I planned. Later on I realized that I wanted to absolutely everything in a small time slot. No wonder I didn’t managed to achieved everything.

This is, by far, my poorest planned summer. It also happens to be one of the best. When my summer job plans fell apart I was disappointed, but this change of plans turn out to be a blessing in disguise. I have spent tons of time with my family, I have catch up with friends I haven’t seen in a while, I went to mixers, bbqs, and concerts and there I’ve met some pretty cool people.

ImageMy advise? Enjoy every moment life gives you. Maybe is time to pick up that book that has been sitting on your desk for a year long or to enjoy some moon watching.