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The power in ‘each one, teach one’

For some reason I still couldn’t tie my shoes in second grade. As smart as I was, shoelaces confounded me. Now, not having kids I’m not actually sure the age when kids learn to tie their shoes but since my friend and classmate Luis was the one who finally taught me, I’m guessing it was… Continue reading The power in ‘each one, teach one’

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If I could do high school over again I would only change two things

I used to say that there wasn't a moment of my life that I'd do over. Regrets were not my thing. To me, even the moments of wrong decisions were simply lessons learned. But life has a way of changing your perspective. When you get to your 40s you realize that some possibly not-so-positive emotions… Continue reading If I could do high school over again I would only change two things

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Mentoring: A great way to pay it forward & share what you know

I strongly believe in the power of mentoring and have written about it on a few occasions. I've profiled the Latino BIGS of NYC program as well as touched upon what it's meant in my own life. Being involved in the development of our youth has been a personal mission since I was in my 20s… Continue reading Mentoring: A great way to pay it forward & share what you know

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From traveling the world to ensuring its access to education

One of the greatest things about life is that it's sometimes surprising. A great example of that are the people who come in and out of your life. One minute you're meeting someone new, and a year and a dozen cups of coffee later, you have a dear friend. Such is the case for my… Continue reading From traveling the world to ensuring its access to education

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From high school dropout to strong (and educated) Latina

It was January of 19*cough, cough*.  It was my 18th birthday. While the rest of my senior class was in their respective classes anxiously awaiting spring and all of the pomp and circumstance that prom and graduation would bring, I was making my way to my locker.  I had made a decision that would change… Continue reading From high school dropout to strong (and educated) Latina

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How a 3rd grader changed my life

Although I spent my teenage years participating in volunteer projects at church and school, the story of how I became a passionate advocate for volunteer work didn't begin until I was a young adult. In 1995, at the age of 24 my place of employment offered any interested employee the opportunity to spend three hours… Continue reading How a 3rd grader changed my life

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You don’t always get what you want

Originally published May 2009 In a conversation about Facebook, a friend once stated that anyone from their past not currently in their lives probably doesn't need to be there. I wholeheartedly disagree. Though there are many people from my past who are not and will not ever be part of my present, there are many… Continue reading You don’t always get what you want