Nos Vamos a Colombia! Meeting the Love of My Life and Getting Ready for Our First Big Trip

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“First of all, it’s COLOMBIA, not Columbia.”

I sat in my apartment as I read this message and could not stop laughing. For weeks, I had been texting with Julian and the whole time I was misspelling the name of his beloved home country. I felt so embarrassed and wished I didn’t have to see him again in lab the next day.

If you have read our story before, I met Julian when I least expected it. Fresh from a bad breakup, I was running late to class after another night of bawling my eyes out. When I entered the classroom, there was only one seat open. I rushed in and sat down without really paying attention to anything or anyone, for that matter. The TA instructed us to form lab groups of 4. I looked to my right and saw two men and looked left and saw one man. I rolled my eyes and asked, “Y’all wanna be a group?” They all agreed and our group was set. Studying Civil Engineering, I was always one of the only women in my classes. I was tired of men and I was upset that, yet again, I was the only women in my group. Continue reading

100 Songs to Save Your Life (1-50)

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A year and a half ago I began a list of 100 songs I thought could save someone’s life. I started the list to give to my younger sister because sometimes I feel the music of today won’t help her get through most of what life throws at her.

I love Music. Music had been there for my ups and downs. Music is the love f my life. And in a way, this list is a way for me to pass on what I love to my sister. It may not be YOUR top 100, but for me they are.

 I want her to listen to this and every time she hears any of these songs she thinks of her big sister. I want her to know all these amazing artists and to continue the legacy for them.

Little one, if you ever read this, I want you to free your mind and Just Listen. Listen to the beats and the lyrics. Listen and learn the different voices. Feel the music every time you listen.

 Hope this list can save your life one day. Continue reading