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These Lucky Graduates Are Putting Their Culture Front And Center With Their Grad Looks

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Latinos are the fastest growing ethnic minority in the United States and are less than half as likely to get a college degree than non-Latino white adults. The gap is even wider between immigrant Latinos and U.S.-born Latinos.

We’re celebrating the Latinos that are walking across stages this graduation season and using their platform to spread a message against xenophobia, an expression of gratitude for their family or straight up Latino pride.

Every moment captured in this post was more than just four years of work.

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It spans generations. Growing up Latino, we all know how important education is to our parents. They would and have sacrificed everything just so we could get an education. It opens doors.

These moments open exclusive doors for a real opportunity to live a good life.

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“Esta es pa’ mi genteeee!!! Honduras 🇭🇳🎓4 good years at TCU, let’s go get this moneeeey now #FirstGen #TCU #2019#GradSzn”

But there’s no going forward without pride in your roots.

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“Sí Se Pudo! Dedicated to my #immigrant #graduate #immigrad (s). You/We deserve to succeed, when given the opportunity, we shine. #cipotes  #SalviPride”

So we acknowledge the obstacles (queer, brown, first generation) and take pride in them.

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“There will never be a wall high enough to keep Latinos from slaying! The challenges we go through as minorities only make us stronger and make us appreciate the hard work our ancestors had to go through. We not only walk down the stage for ourselves but most importantly for our families and those who’ve paved the way for us to have a voice. I don’t know how I’ll ever thank my parents enough for the sacrifices they’ve had to go through as Mexican immigrants in this country, but what I do know is that I’ll make sure to bring other Latinos on this path to continue giving corporate America some flavor (porque ya sabemos muy bien que le falta sazón!!!)! Can’t wait to walk again on Saturday and receive my Masters as a proud, first generation, queer, resilient LATINO 👨🏽‍🎓🇲🇽🇺🇸🕺🏻”

No matter how much half of Americans want to use who we are as roadblocks, nos vamos pa’lante.

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Undocugraduates are overcoming statistics like nearly nobody else in America. Keep on dreaming, Dreamers. You make everything seem possible.

Let the migrating butterflies symbolize a forever path forward.

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“FIRST GENERATION UNDOCUGRAD. When I was told by a teacher that my education would stop after graduating high school, I decided to prove him wrong. I am a PROUD Mexican from Uruapan Michoacán y esto es para toda mi gente. Nos graduamos!! #Dreamer #UndocuGrad”

Some graduates are going from high school to their freshman year of college.

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“I am an undocumented immigrant raised in the Bay. I am an American at heart with a Mexican lineage. I am a recently admitted UC Berkeley Student for Spring of 2017. I am a mentor to the youth and the homeless. I am a child of God. And I am a graduate from Skyline College. I am no rapist no criminal no killer. Only a dreamer. To my fellow dreamers, don’t let others disparage your value because of your origins. These ethnocentric views will never prevail because they lack humanity. Remember, the shadows will never consume you because light will always be within you.”

This college grad wants to let freshman know to hold onto a sense of humor.

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“‘No pos… ‘ta cabron!’ is loosely translated to ‘Well shit… that’s tough!’, and has become a popular meme in Latino culture…Nearly everything that could’ve gone wrong during my time in Graduate School went wrong 😂 My parents taught me to always work hard and to trust God no matter how high the odds were stacked against us. They advised me to always find peace in the midst of chaos and still have a sense of humor whenever things do not go as planned. Pops taught me to always walk with my head high and respond accordingly to unfortunate events, and to not react negatively and sulk in misery. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for my friends and family that have helped me, supported me, and inspired me along the way. I appreciate ya! In the last two weeks, I had essays/projects/presentations to finish as a graduate student and a softball team I was still caring for as an Athletic Trainer. I was running through things in an attempt of completing everything, and I was doing quite well. In a span of two days I was in two car accidents roughly two weeks before graduation; one at work & one on the way home from my Capstone presentation. The deployment of the airbag was honestly a huge slap in the face and wake up call for me, literally. 😂It opened my eyes to be thankful that I walked away with only a broken finger, and it taught me to slow down a bit so I could enjoy my accomplishments surrounded by those I love. I called my Pops & all he said was, “No pos… ‘ta cabron! Gracias a Dios que estás vivo.”/“Well shit… that’s tough! Thank God you’re alive.” Yo sobresali con los consejos de mi padre y los rezos de mi madre./I excelled with my father’s advice & mother’s prayers.”

Felicidades to all the graduates!

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“This past weekend I had the privilege of graduating from THE Florida State University. Never did I imagine I would be the first in my family to graduate from a public university, debt free. Although, I couldn’t have done it alone, thank you to all my family, friends and mentors throughout this crazy journey… I’ll always be grateful and indebted to CARE and FSU for this amazing opportunity.”

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This Week’s Google Doodle Is About One Teen’s Appreciation For Her Colombian Mother’s Sacrifices And I’m Sobbing

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This Week’s Google Doodle Is About One Teen’s Appreciation For Her Colombian Mother’s Sacrifices And I’m Sobbing

Even since 2008, search engine Google has dedicated a contest to aspiring young artists around the world. With a yearly theme, the company challenges these young people with the task of creating a specialized Google Doodle. This year’s theme was announced to be “When I grow up, I hope… ;” a hopeful look at the future of our society. Each year, thousands of entries are submitted and one is selected as a winner for each age group. Of those winners, only one is declared the overall winner of the Doodle for Google contest. 

This year’s winner is Georgia teen, Arantza Peña Popo.

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Entitled “Once you get it, give it back,” the doodle depicts a representation of a real picture of Peña Popo and her mother when the artist was a baby. In front of this display is the artist and her mother imagined in the future when Peña Popo will repay her mother’s devotion and care for her in her old age. 

According to a press release from Google, Peña Popo describes her mother, who is from Colombia, as a person who lights up any room she’s in. Also, the teen hopes to one day be able to help her mother to travel around the world and do all the other things in life that she hopes to do.

Peña Popo’s win was announced Monday night by Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show” where she appeared as a guest. Her doodle was picked as the winner out of over 200,000 entries.
“I wanted to make it more personal to me,” the teen artist said in her interview with Fallon. “So, I decided to make it about my mother. You know, she’s made so many sacrifices for me so I kind of wanted to show me paying it back in the future”

According to Peña Popo, she has been interested in art since she was three but was suffering from a major artist block while working on this piece. 

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“I came up with the idea at the last minute, actually the day of the deadline,” she shared. “I looked at the photograph of my mother [the real version that inspired the drawing] and thought, ‘Hey, why don’t I reverse it?’ I wanted to focus more on a message of helping out my awesome mother more than anything else.” 

This is just the start of Peña Popo’s promising art career. Last Spring, the Colombiana graduated valedictorian of Arabia Mountain High School. In the Fall, she plans to attend the University of Southern California and wants to publish alternative graphic novels and comics in the future.  

The win also comes with some amazing perks for the artistic teen. 

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As an aspiring artist, Peña Popo will get some of the best exposure in the world. Google.com will display her winning doodle for the entire day and it will appear whenever the search engine is used. The teen artist will also receive a $30,000 college scholarship to help with her as she attends the University of Southern California. Finally, Peña Popo will go on a trip to Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California.

Reactions to Peña Popo’s beautiful illustration and the story behind it have been incredibly supportive.

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Most people can relate to the story of sacrifice and love told by Peña Popo’s Google Doodle. Basically, it makes us all think about our own mothers. No wonder her entry won; it tugs at all of our heartstrings. We can’t help but want to support this young artist. 

This tweet credits Peña Popo’s win to #BlackGirlMagic and we have to agree with this based on her undeniable excellence.

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We always love to see a woman of color succeed but we are especially proud of this Afro-Latina and her accomplishments. It just goes to show that brilliance and talent can’t be contained by bigotry, bias or colorism. We have to label this win with #AfroLatinaExcellence.

While Peña Popo was both the winner in her age group and the national champion of this year’s Doodle for Google, she wasn’t the only one to win

Google / Amadys López Velásquez

Natalia Pepe of Connecticut won the K-3 grade group with a doodle that honors the farmers of America. Amadys López Velásquez of Puerto Rico won the 4-5 grade group with a doodle that celebrates the power of imagination. Texas student Christelle Matildo won first place in the 6-7 grade group with an entry that hopes for a better tomorrow. New Jersey native Jeremy Henskens won the 8-9 grade group with a comic book-inspired doodle. 

Congrats to Peño Popo and all the other winners. We hope the real future is half as beautiful as the one they’ve doodled

Latinas Are Sharing Their Best Interview Tips For Those Of Us Ready To Be A Jefa

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Latinas Are Sharing Their Best Interview Tips For Those Of Us Ready To Be A Jefa

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There are few things as nerve-wracking as interviewing for a new job. The job hunt can be really stressful and the uncertainty of it can make the process even more difficult. However, we can’t deny how invigorating it feels when you get that job you’ve been aiming for. With this in mind, we wanted to gather some of the best interview advice our readers had so they can help their fellow Latinas get those jobs and start getting that bread. 

Here’s what they had to say about the interview process.  

 1. A thank you goes a long way. 

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“One day I interviewed 15 young ladies, 1 Latina on her way out handed me a thank you card!!!!! Never have I seen that. The card just hand written “thank you for taking the time to interview me“ her full name and number! I was impressed!” — @luciernaga825

2. Do a little research of your own.

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“Look up the company’s website and do your research! Believe it or not, a lot of people don’t do this before an interview. Get to know their history, products, etc. It helps in so many ways.” — @saidagua

3. Great advice from an HR expert. 

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“HR here- have someone knowledgeable of the company. Ask questions such as what does the training consist of? Other than the job requirements? What does the department manager look for in a candidate? What are the primary/daily tasks of the position? Why is there a vacancy? Who provides support to your position? Be confident, but not fake. Interviewers, believe it or not, can sense the BS from the get-go. Dress well and professional. Even if you are going to interview for a fast-food job or a cashier position, put on your best. It reflects well.” — @natadlcz

4. Confidence is the key.

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“Confidence but not overly confident – Bring a copy of your resume on resume paper- smile- short and concise answers – ask questions – arrive 15 mins early.” — @makeup_duchess

5. Don’t overlook the receptionist. 

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“Be nice to the receptionist! We always compare notes after the interviews to see if we got the same vibe.” — @gabyseeeta

6. You can never be too prepared. 

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“Come PREPARED! That means researching the place you’re interviewing at! Bring copies of your resume and carry a padfolio! Also, dress the part! Buy a suit if possible. There are always sales at outlet stores. And also PRACTICE! It’s obvious when someone hasn’t practiced before the interview. Visit the career center at your school if you’re in college, or look up YouTube videos. Practice with a friend or in the mirror! You can never be over-prepared!” — @getitgens

7. A whole treasure trove of advice. 

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“HR professional here! Some tips: come prepared with knowledge of the company and the position you applied to. Don’t be negative about previous bosses or workplaces (this happens so often and it’s usually when you get too comfortable in interviews). We are analyzing your answers, tone and body language. Be conscious of this the entire time! Come prepared with questions relevant to the role/company (I suggest writing them down the night before and bringing them with you) but don’t just google what questions to ask. Really think about what you’d want to know and how the job will impact you/your growth/quality of life. Being well-groomed is a no brainer – always dress professionally! Lastly, start looking up common interview questions online (I like the website The Muse for career advice) and start thinking about how you’d answer them by recalling different scenarios you’ve been in such as a disagreement with a coworker, a difficult project, a challenging boss, etc. Most importantly, be yourself!” — @danielaotto

8. Personal grooming makes an impact.

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“This might sound shallow but NAILS !!! 💅🏼Coming in with cracked nail polish or dirty fingernails tells a lot about how you carry yourself :/ I’ve personally been pushed in another direction when I’ve seen this and I’ve even seen others disqualify candidates due to this. They don’t need to be French tip acrylics but at least cut and clean!” — @marlenahhh

9. How will you contribute to the team? 

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“When I conduct interviews I like to use the behavioral method style, I ask questions that lets me in on the person you are & how you handle situations. Make sure you have questions to ask & how you will contribute to the team/ company, but most importantly why we should hire you, what is it about you! Relax, be yourself & good luck to all my hermanas out there!💗” — @ra_nay

10. Follow up with your thanks. 

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“Always, always, always send a post-interview thank you email!” — @cruzzie02

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