Rie y Llora-by Celia Cruz definitely describes this semester. I can firmly say that there was more laughter than crying. I worked the hardest I’ve ever worked in my ENTIRE college career. I enjoyed my self too. Here are the best moments of my FALL 2011 Semester.
So this semester I:
Missed one of my favorite actors in the entire world. Johnny Depp came to speak to a group of RTF majors. I tried so hard to buy a ticket from anyone, but no one would sell it. Needless to say, missing my five-year crush and acting role model made me cry. However, I guess I can relish in the fact that he was on my campus. (All photos taken by Andy and Erick.)
Saw Austin City Limits Acts, the Script and Taylor Swift in concert. Music is one of my pasttimes. This semester I got the chance to go to Austin City Limits with my friend Lydia. I saw one of my favorite bands the Script with my friends Polly, Rosa, Tiffany, and I even ended up seeing my friend Ugeo. Taylor Swift surprised me. She gave a great show full of theatrics and dances.
Went to an Afro-Latino Event
The annual Somos Latinos Event was full of cool events like volunteering and a talent show. My favorite part was the Afro-Latino presentation where Dr.Edmund T. Gordon from the Department of African and African Diaspora studies discussed African roots in Latino culture.
Gave Back. With the Share Volunteer org, I got the chance to talk to Black high school students and their parents about what it means to be a UT student. Afterwards, we had barbeque at the Black Alumni tailgate put on by Black Student Association.
Highlight of the morning: When a high school senior asked me, “I am kinda of shy. Do you think I will come out of my shell in college?”
“Oh yes! I was shy in high school too. College is place where you learn who you are and become more confident in your goals.” , I said. I saw myself years ago in her and it was nice to reassure her that she would began to find out who she is and what she wants to do in college.
I also volunteered at Orange Santa for the first time where I saw my friend Jasmine who volunteered at the Panel as well.
Performed at the Tower. I performed poetry in front of the UT Tower for the Black Homecoming Talent Show. I won second place overall and met some of UT’s most talented students.
Learned that studying for finals can be fun. I’m guilty of catching up with friends on study breaks. Finals was no different. I spent one night jammin’ to Beyonce and 90s music and eating Wendys in the Union with my bud Ja’Michael and the other taking a two hour study break to dance to “Moves Like Jagger” with Polly and Ira. Who says study breaks can’t be fun?
Oh life. You’ve showered me with laughter, lessons, and people to share those things with. I’m trying to make the most of you because I realize you are short. Minutes pass like seconds. Months like days. I remember when that hour in between the news and my favorite show felt like forever. Now, it passes swiftly. When I’m thirty, I want to look back and see that I did everything in my power to make my life the best one. Because you only get one. Fall Semester 2011 was the best. Let’s make Spring 2012 even better.