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Because Our Parents Can’t Say Bye To Their Kids, This Is How Embarrassingly Extra They Get When It’s Time To Go To College

Moving into your own dorm usually becomes another reason for Latino families to be absolutely extra…like with literally every other event in our lives. And because one does not simply just move into a dorm with Latino parents, expect tears. Lots of tears.

Before you even get to your dorm, your parents will come up with every reason why living in a dorm isn’t going to happen.

So, you’ll be grateful for even being allowed to go away to college, much less live in a dorm. It’s a miracle!

But after long arguments discussions and finally coming to the agreement that moving to a dorm will “help you study,” your family will help you prep – with lots of preventative measures.

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Mom will school you on how to get your dorm impeccable…just like her house. Dad, on the other hand, will teach you all he knows about protecting yourself.

When you get your roommate assignment, mom and dad will need to know EVERY detail about them.

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Realize now that no roommate will ever be good enough for them.

Packing up your room will bring lots of tears.

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Plus, lots of breaks to go down memory lane.

You won’t possibly leave to college without a going away party with the entire family.

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There’s always an excuse for a party, obvio. Even if you’re moving to a campus 20 minutes away from home, they’re going to act like they won’t see you for months.

When it’s time to leave, the whole family will go with you.

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Plane or car, they work it out. Abuelita maybe even made the trek.

Once at your new home, dad does a full inspection to make sure it’s safe for you…

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I’m pretty sure the school took care of that.

…And mami looks for storage space because that’s clearly all that matters in a dorm.

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I mean, where would I put all the Fabuloso and mops??

They will make sure you know that home is way better than this tiny dorm room.

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They have to leave you with enough guilt to last through the semester.

Mom will secretly arrange a little shrine with all your family photos and maybe a vela or two.

They’ll probably sneak a Bible somewhere in there.

They will be super friendly and embarrassing around your new roommate.

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…and immediately judge everything about them when they left.

Your parents will probably want to meet the RA face to face…

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…And then make a scene when they realize you live in a co-ed dorm. WHOOPS.

…And every other person on your floor, because they’re nosey.

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They might even get some gossip while they’re there!

You will have to literally kick out your family once you’re all moved in.

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ENOUGH!

But even though dorm life will be necessary, amazing and life-changing…

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FREEDOM!

…you’ll be FaceTiming them constantly and missing them like crazy.

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Guess who’s the extra one now?! They always win.


READ: Here’s Why Latinos Get Extra Emotional During College Graduations

Were your parents super dramatic when you moved into your first dorm? Let us know!

This Woman Lost It When She Witnessed Her Uber Driver Read His Acceptance To Harvard And It’s The Purest Explosion Of Emotion I’ve Seen

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This Woman Lost It When She Witnessed Her Uber Driver Read His Acceptance To Harvard And It’s The Purest Explosion Of Emotion I’ve Seen

Unfortunately, we see a lot of terrible stories associated with Uber and other ride-share apps but this definitely isn’t one of them. No, this story of persistence, hard work and the power of being genuinely happy for other people’s success is making the rounds and we can’t stop watching it.

On, July 14th, 2019, Twitter user @718rubyy went viral when she tweeted a short video of her recent Uber ride.

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In the tweet, she explains that her Uber driver shared with her that she might just be his lucky charm. What might have read as a pickup line, is actually some really awesome news. The tweet explains that — after two years of trying — the unnamed Uber driver has finally been accepted into Harvard University!

“My God, guys! My Uber driver got into Harvard,” she can be heard cheering. “Black Excellence!”

As if that good news wasn’t enough, the response of his passenger made the announcement even better. The Dominicana Uber patron can be heard on the video celebrating and hyping up her driver.

Her Uber driver took the congratulations with a balance of pride and shyness — ducking away from the camera while recording.

Twitter was quick to join in on the congratulations for this Harvard-bound young man.

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This Twitter user had some words of encouragement and advice for the new Harvard student. When you’ve got good momentum, don’t slow down. We’re sure he’ll keep working towards his unquestionably bright future.

Others users pointed out that his passenger’s excitement on video is positively infectious.

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This Dominicana must know that when one of us win, we all win. So, naturally, it makes sense to celebrate this young man’s accomplishments with the energy that we see on the video.

Some Twitter users suggested the Harvard student should continue to explore his luck.

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Luck isn’t everything. We’re sure getting into Harvard took a lot of hard work as well. STILL, this new student should take full advantage of this good luck streak and hope for more positivity coming his way.

Like any good story, followers have been looking for the romance in this tale.

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In fact, some were projecting their own romantic hopes for the pair. No word if there’s a love connection resulting from this Uber meet-cute, but we’ll keep an eye out for updates. In the meantime, we ship it.

However, some Twitter users saw it more as an ingenious pick-up line instead of true love.

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We can see how it would seem that way but the news looks pretty genuine. Either way, we respect his game if it’s truly a line.

No matter what you feel about a possible romance between the two, one thing was agreed upon by all.

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Uber story or not, this is the kind of content we like to see on the TL. Good luck at Harvard next year, mystery Uber driver!

Check out the full video below!

This Man Graduated From College At 58 Years Old After Working As A Farmworker Who Immigrated From Mexico

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This Man Graduated From College At 58 Years Old After Working As A Farmworker Who Immigrated From Mexico

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During this graduation season, we love to hear about first-time college graduates, especially from those who are children of immigrants. It’s so inspiring to read how so many of these people worked hard to make their parents proud, especially because they worked even harder to give their children a better life. In very few cases, it’s not just their children who are graduating but the parents themselves.

Fifty-eight-year-old Adolfo González, a farmworker who used to pick celery, earned his bachelor’s degree from the California State University, Monterey Bay.

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González, an indigenous immigrant from Mexico, worked in agriculture for years in Salinas Valley, California but always dreamed about going back to school. According to The Californian, González went back to nigh school to learn English. But even while continuing his studies, he never forgot his roots.

“I think it’s very important to learn our indigenous language because it’s part of our culture,” he told the publication. “It’s part of our identity.”

González graduated early and with honors a year after his daughter got her college degree as well.

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“The most important thing for me is not what I’m doing now,” he told the publication. “The most important thing to me is to inspire people to do the same thing I did, because, como dijo Cesar Chavez, ‘Si se puede.'”

His journey and story to get to that stage are inspiring everyone who is reading about him on social media.

The “Si Se Puede” motto can take us all the way to the top. Not only does it inspire us to reach for the best that we can be, it also reminds us of how far we’ve come.

His story is proof that determination is the most important part of anyone’s journey.

“I took the decision to come to the United States like everybody does, because it’s the only way we can support our family,” he said. “I always promised to my mom ‘I will buy you a house,’ and I did it.”

He pursued an education so that he could continue to help his community.

Who wouldn’t want someone this passionate as their teacher? He is going to change the lives and thoughts of so many people. He is the kind of people we need to become educators to spark that love of education in others.

Big congratulations to Adolfo and his unending determination to become the best version of himself that he could be.

He will be like another Mr. Escalante. At least we can all hope that he will be the next big teacher to change lives one class at a time.

Congratulations, Adolfo González.

Share your touching graduation stories with us on social media using #MituGraduate.

READ: She Dropped Out Of High School When She Got Pregnant And Her Farm Working Parents Gave Her All The Advice She Needed To Get A Master’s

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