#NoBanNoWall

This past Saturday, my roommate and I, along with several hundred Tallahassee residents and college students, went out and marched in protest of the Muslim ban, a recent executive order signed by President Trump that bans the entry into the U.S. from several predominately Muslim countries and the wall that Trump has proposed to build. The event was led by the Women’s March Florida Tallahassee/Panhandle Chapter who partnered with FSU’s Students for Justice in Palestine.

It was my first time actively participating in a protest and it was an exhilarating experience. We all met up in the Free Speech Zone on the Florida State campus where we were given directions, guidelines, and warnings (specifically those that were more at risk for targeted hate-crimes like people in the LGBT community or Muslims participating) in case someone from outside the protest wanted to get violent with us.

The march ran all the way from FSU to the Florida Capitol building where we had guest speakers share personal stories about how the ban affects them and/or their loved ones. It was inspiring to hear their stories because they were fighting for something they believe in which was that we should be helping those in need, not shutting our doors (or building walls) on them.

Some of the phrases we shouted while marching were humorous and others were very truthful so I thought I’d share them:

“Donald Trump, you orange clown, build a wall? We’ll tear it down.”

“Say it loud, say it clear: Refugees are welcome here.”

“Power to the people. No one is illegal”

“When Trump threatens Muslim lives, resistance is justified.”

“Do not shut U.S. doors on people hurt by U.S. wars.”

 

While we were protesting in front of the Capitol, people in cars flicked us off and shouted while others honked in support. It saddens me to know that people agree with the hateful rhetoric Trump spews but also seeing hundreds of others in solidarity gave me hope. Here are some pictures of the march:

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The Start of Spring Semester

It’s been a while since I’ve last posted on my blog & I have a feeling every one of my intros from here on out will start that way. Life gets busy, what can I say?

Winter break was fun! I got to reconnect with my closest friends as well as make some new ones. I’m one week into Spring semester & I’m happy with all my classes. I signed up for ADV3008: Intro to Advertising and I am beyond excited for it. While in class, I had the realization that this class and subject felt right to be in. It’s something I can see myself doing and that’s a nice feeling. I hope I don’t change my mind and I hope things do work out but I’m taking it day by day.

Some of my New Year resolutions include:

  1. Gym 5 out 7 days, let’s get it.
  2. Straight A’s this semester, dale.
  3. Apply to an internship or get involved with an organization.
  4. Learn to code. This will be a gateway to my life long dream of becoming a hacker.
  5. Spend more time practicing my graphic design skills.
  6. Learn more about philosophy/philosophers & read poetry.

We’re half way through the first month of 2017 and I hope it’s treating you well. I have a good feeling about this one.

Tallahassee Farmers’ Market

As I settle into college, I am working on creating a new routine. Something that will help make Tallahassee feel a little more like home..

A few Saturdays ago, a couple of friends & I decided to take the bus to go to the mall. Along the way, we saw that there was a Farmers’ Market happening only a few stops away from campus. The following Saturday we attempted to go but we got there a bit late with not much going on. This past Saturday, however, we woke up early and made our way to the Tallahassee Farmers’ Market on Park Ave. It was filled with a variety of foods, arts and crafts, and music.

Rosy, Esmeralda, and I had a fun time and enjoyed the atmosphere. We hope to make visiting the Farmers’ Market every Saturday some sort of tradition. Here are some pictures of the market!


Rosy, a dear friend of mine, has an awesome blog filled with interesting pictures and recommendations from all the different places she’s traveled. Check it out & give it a follow if you like it! She has amazing photography & interesting tips: RosyEnRoute.wordpress.com

The Start of College

First week of college and we got hit by hurricane Hermine. Now, a month into college, things are settling down, and so far it’s going well!

There are so many things happening on campus all the time. There was an involvement fair last week where I signed up for a bunch of different clubs–Advertising Club, Portuguese Club, Photography Club, Design Club, Crossfit & a bunch of other ones that show up in my inbox from time to time. I try to go to the gym everyday and I find myself at the library often.

I’m still working on time management. Some days I feel like I have a lot of time to get everything done while other days I stay up until 3AM just to catch up.

My dorm is slowly starting to feel like my home away from home. My roommate, Esmeralda, & I get along pretty well & are into the same things. Here we were going to our first game– FSU vs. Charleston. FSU won!

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Me and Esmeralda before our first game: FSU vs. Charleston!

Here are some pictures of my dorm:

I took some pics of campus so hopefully I’ll be able to upload those to my blog soon! Here’s to the start of college..

Here’s what happened May & June:

It’s been a while since I’ve posted something… But I have good reasons (with photographic evidence) as to why!

May

Capstone: My school is an academy based school and within my academy and strand (Journalism) we have capstone. It’s a project where we have to create a product or service that debuts all the skills we’ve learned in journalism. I partnered up with Stephanie to create a wonderful company called FloresCo. We combined our interest in graphic design, social media, and (of course) journalism to create a company that helps non-profit organizations and small businesses with their marketing needs. In creating FloresCo we were actually able to apply it to a real business… CrossFit Miami Lakes! Long story short: we exchanged our social media services for a membership with them. It was pretty cool!

Yearbook: The yearbooks arrived shortly before prom & they looked GREAT! Vivian & I were really happy with the feedback we received (especially cause we sold out! Hair flip.)

PROM! Prom was  a w e s o m e !  I had the perfect date & we both looked flawless. We danced all night long and there was good food too. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves 😉

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June

Graduation dinner: Elizabeth hosted a little potluck graduation dinner & it was so nice. We actually did a gift exchange & I ended up getting Elizabeth. I got her a few stylish school supplies. Ana gifted me this eyeshadow palette from Tarte. It’s gorgeous and my holy-grail.


Graduation: Graduation was a bit of a blur. I was very very very late & I felt like a hot mess. At least I graduated! The best part was that I got to spend it with my cousin, Michelle, and my parents. After the ceremony, we went to Cheesecake Factory. It was our first time going and the food was gooooood. We also had a cute graduation after-party.


Orientation: The day after graduation, I headed to Tallahassee with my mom for my college orientation! I got to sleep in a dorm and had a roommate. I also made some new friends. It got me really excited for what’s to come in the fall!

SUMMER: Since my cousin was in town visiting from California, we made a list of all the places we wanted to go. From PAMM to the beach to the mall and to even seeing a psychic, we did it all and it was fun. Once she left, I had to enjoy summer how any teenager would enjoy it: In bed all day watching Netflix. No shame there. I have done a few other things and I am definitely planning on doing a lot more but I’ll save it for future blog posts.

Thanks for checking out my blog post. It’s really nice to get all my memories out in writing and share them. It’s been a busy summer & I can’t wait to share it :}