La Negra tiene Tumbao translated in English means the black girl has swagger.
It’s one of my favorite songs by the late great Afro-Latin artist Celia Cruz. I listen to it every morning and it gives me that extra pick me up. Not that I need it. My life isn’t perfect, but I’ve been blessed with a supportive family, awesome friends, and mentors, and tremendous God-given opportunities. Coming UT was diffidently one of those blessings.
I am from the wonderful city of Houston, Texas and I graduated from North Forest High School. Even though I’m from an underprivileged neighborhood, my mom and dad instilled in my brothers and I that we could achieve our dreams and then some. Top that off with the inspiring high school mentors like Ms. Fance, our College Counselor, and you’ve got the recipe for success. Where you come from doesn’t determine where you are going. I could give a tear jerking story about my experience (I’m an overly dramatic Theater Major) but that’s another story for another time.
Acting and writing are passions that I indulge in. During my time at UT, I’ve acted in quite a few plays including 2010 The New Works Festival’s Our Lady of Peace (Actor), and a Lab Theater Piece I wrote called Ice Cold Milk and an Oreo Cookie. I am even writing a play right now…more on that later.
SCHOOL: So before I get into the Austin scene, the social scene, or any of the other scenes, lets get into that academic scene. I’m a Junior majoring in Theatre and Dance (No, I can’t dance!) with a focus on Acting and Latin American Studies. I absolutely LOVE my majors, and I couldn’t picture myself studying anything else. As far as my career goes, I want to do something that deals with Spanish, Theatre/Film, and Afro-Latin culture. You may have guessed it with the Celia Cruz reference, learning about Black culture in Latin America is my passion.
When I’m not in school, doing homework, or studying, I’m working on my passions. Singing with Innervisions Gospel Choir is one the best decisions I made in my college career. The choir has become like a family, and I enjoy every minute of it. LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens) is another organization I’m involved in as the Parliamentarian, and UT Service Scholars as the Community Service Chair. Yes, it’s a lot of time, and effort, but these orgs have helped me grow into the person I am today.
WITH MY FREE TIME: I’m hitting up concerts, enjoying the company of my friends, going to plays, and films, and any artistic event I can get my hands on. Austin is the live music place, and I take advantage of that. I’ve seen Sara Barilles, The Script, and Owl City in concert, and had my first Austin City Limits Experience with my friend Lydia this year!
I HAVE YET TO: Yeah, I’ve been here for 2 years, but I have yet to wear Burnt Orange at a football game, sleep in the Union, go to the Orange and White Ball, study aboard, or make a semester gpa of 3.8 or above. All of these things I’m planning to scratch off my to-do-before-I-graduate-list pretty soon.
I’ll be letting you know about my experiences here in Longhorn Land, but I’m always interested in what you want to find out more about. If you ever have any questions send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I always reply
By the way it’s Thursday, 7:10 pm (when I’m writing this), and OU still sucks.