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These Graduation Photos Of Latinas Will Motivate You To Continue Reaching

Babes! Graduation season is upon us, and what does that mean? It’s time for one hell of a fiesta! But in all seriousness, it’s also a good time for us to think about what it means for Latinas – for some, this is the first time someone in their family is graduating from university. For others, it’s a chance to change the trajectory of their life. So, without further ado, read on to see these world-changers getting the most out of their graduation … and maybe get some outfit ideas for your own si se puede graduation.

1. Sometimes graduation means setting an example.

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It doesn’t get much more inspiring than this: “My culture, my brown skin. Our food. The language. Todo tan hermoso. The struggles of being brown. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I’m proud to identify as Mexicana, Chicana, but most importantly, CHINGONA … being Latina for me is being a strong woman. If you have a dream … don’t ever let anyone take it away. Always believe that the impossible is possible … my ancestors went through hell so I wouldn’t have to, best believe I’m going to make a difference.”

2. For others, graduation is about being the first in the family to finish school.

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Although considering all the stress and tears that go into getting the degree, it can sometimes feel like the entire family should get an award for putting up with it!

3. Pets are an important part of graduation, too.

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Maybe your fur baby is your motivation for going to school. Or, maybe they just knew when you needed cuddles to get you through the next assignment. Whatever it is, the fact of the matter is that you’re probably going to want photos with your pets, since they’re part of the family, too!

4. Graduation is a good time to look back and see how far you’ve come.

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These days it feels like once we’ve hit a milestone, we just start looking for the next goal to aim for. But, graduation is the best time to take a deep breath and enjoy the view. You’ve made it!

5. It’s time to celebrate in your own way!

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If this means breaking out the bottles of expensive champagne and jumping into a fountain with your grad gear on, then so be it! Let your hair down since you’ve earned it just as much as this babe, a “first generation, daughter of immigrants, Latina graduate.”

An educated Latina knows she has no limits. 💫

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6. Sure looks aren’t everything, but grad gives you a hella good excuse to dress up!

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Babes, this is the time to wear the heels, splurge on the makeup, get your hair done and enjoy the ride. You’ve earned it, and you should look and feel good on the big day. It is your day, after all!

7. Graduation isn’t just about you finishing study – your friends are, too!

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Here’s some food for thought from this graduate: “Today has been such an overwhelming day of emotions. I’m grateful for the experience, even the sleepless nights, headaches, sweat and tears because I was able to achieve something I almost thought impossible. Thank you to everyone who made classes a little more bearable and I’m grateful for all the lifelong friendships I made along the way.” 

8. Sometimes grad is not only a celebration of what you’ve become but also who you’ve been all along.

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It’s worth knowing that you can defy the stereotype – and that just because you’ve immigrated doesn’t mean that you’re not able to learn and adapt, and grow as a person.

9. Graduation is definitely a time to be silly.

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Sure, graduation is one hell of a milestone. But does that mean you have to be completely serious about it? Nope. Now is the time to raise your arms, dance, sing, laugh, and soak in the joy of seeing the payoff after working so hard.

10. Remember: you’re a graduate, an opportunity awaits you.

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How does the saying go? “Good things come to those who work hard”? This is one graduate who knows what that really means: “My academic journey began nearly 7 years ago, but my life journey began 22 years ago. My mother, brother, and I came to the United States when I was five years old. I had absolutely no idea what was in store for me, for us … as the years flashed before my eyes, I’ve come to a realization that my mother sacrificed everything she had, our family back home, and worked tirelessly and endless hours to open a pathway to my “American Dream”. I had no choice but to give it my all with the resources that I had because my parents provided me with more than I could have asked for. “Sorry I can’t” does not belong in my vocabulary … and this is WHY I am standing before you in a picture, on your news feed holding my college degree; I graduated with HONORS. I am a proud immigrant who is accomplishing her “American Dream”. Si se puedo!”

11. Who can forget that graduation means designing your cap?

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“From migrant workers to a college graduate in two generations. What can I say, hard work is in my blood.” Your cap can have as much, or as little, as you want on it: it’s yours. In this case, it’s easy to see that this graduate has owned it: the painstaking details have paid off, and she has one jaw-dropping cap that’s both beautiful, and personal.

12. Graduation is also about being able to make your parents proud.

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And in this case, thanking them for everything and sharing the moment with them, too.

13. Remember to bask in the spotlight.

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Sure, your face is going to be aching by the end of the day from all the smiling, but if you wanted to get a good headshot or some Insta-worthy pics, this is the time for it! Every man and his dog will be getting photos of you, so this is the perfect opportunity to go all out and pose like you’re Selena Gomez on the red carpet.

14. Now is the time to stand out from the crowd.

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No-one’s journey at university has been the same. This is your time to own it. Fresh out of school, you can set yourself apart from the rest with your smarts, solid work ethic, and boss time management skills. The world is your oyster!

15. If there’s anything you have learned, it’s to embrace who you are.

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Daughter of an immigrant? Doesn’t matter. Well, it does matter, but not in the way you’d think. What matters is whether you show up, do what you need to do, and snap up the reward while everyone else is left reeling from your brilliance.

On a scale of one to ten, just how excited are you to be graduating? Let us know about it on Twitter – you can find it by clicking on the logo at the top of the page.

6. Sure looks aren’t everything, but grad gives you a hella good excuse to dress up!

Instagram / @photoxkim

Babes, this is the time to wear the heels, splurge on the makeup, get your hair done and enjoy the ride. You’ve earned it, and you should look and feel good on the big day. It is your day, after all!

7. Graduation isn’t just about you finishing study – your friends are, too!

Instagram / @alix_carolina

Here’s some food for thought from this graduate: “Today has been such an overwhelming day of emotions. I’m grateful for the experience, even the sleepless nights, headaches, sweat and tears because I was able to achieve something I almost thought impossible. Thank you to everyone who made classes a little more bearable and I’m grateful for all the lifelong friendships I made along the way.” 

8. Sometimes grad is not only a celebration of what you’ve become but also who you’ve been all along.

Instagram / @carolina_grads

It’s worth knowing that you can defy the stereotype – and that just because you’ve immigrated doesn’t mean that you’re not able to learn and adapt, and grow as a person.

9. Graduation is definitely a time to be silly.

Instagram / @natdeegee

Sure, graduation is one hell of a milestone. But does that mean you have to be completely serious about it? Nope. Now is the time to raise your arms, dance, sing, laugh, and soak in the joy of seeing the payoff after working so hard.

10. Remember: you’re a graduate, an opportunity awaits you.

Instagram / @tvg1407

How does the saying go? “Good things come to those who work hard”? This is one graduate who knows what that really means: “My academic journey began nearly 7 years ago, but my life journey began 22 years ago. My mother, brother, and I came to the United States when I was five years old. I had absolutely no idea what was in store for me, for us … as the years flashed before my eyes, I’ve come to a realization that my mother sacrificed everything she had, our family back home, and worked tirelessly and endless hours to open a pathway to my “American Dream”. I had no choice but to give it my all with the resources that I had because my parents provided me with more than I could have asked for. “Sorry I can’t” does not belong in my vocabulary … and this is WHY I am standing before you in a picture, on your news feed holding my college degree; I graduated with HONORS. I am a proud immigrant who is accomplishing her “American Dream”. Si se puedo!”

11. Who can forget that graduation means designing your cap?

Instagram / @melissaborrego

“From migrant workers to a college graduate in two generations. What can I say, hard work is in my blood.” Your cap can have as much, or as little, as you want on it: it’s yours. In this case, it’s easy to see that this graduate has owned it: the painstaking details have paid off, and she has one jaw-dropping cap that’s both beautiful, and personal.

12. Graduation is also about being able to make your parents proud.

Instagram / @kcsilv

And in this case, thanking them for everything and sharing the moment with them, too.

13. Remember to bask in the spotlight.

Instagram / @alopaloful

Sure, your face is going to be aching by the end of the day from all the smiling, but if you wanted to get a good headshot or some Insta-worthy pics, this is the time for it! Every man and his dog will be getting photos of you, so this is the perfect opportunity to go all out and pose like you’re Selena Gomez on the red carpet.

14. Now is the time to stand out from the crowd.

Instagram / @rosanegra43_

No-one’s journey at university has been the same. This is your time to own it. Fresh out of school, you can set yourself apart from the rest with your smarts, solid work ethic, and boss time management skills. The world is your oyster!

15. If there’s anything you have learned, it’s to embrace who you are.

Instagram / @mariarojanohair

Daughter of an immigrant? Doesn’t matter. Well, it does matter, but not in the way you’d think. What matters is whether you show up, do what you need to do, and snap up the reward while everyone else is left reeling from your brilliance.

On a scale of one to ten, just how excited are you to be graduating? Let us know about it on Twitter – you can find it by clicking on the logo at the top of the page.

This 13-Year-Old Boy’s Face Caught On Fire During A Science Class Demonstration

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This 13-Year-Old Boy’s Face Caught On Fire During A Science Class Demonstration

As a kid, one of the most exciting parts of science class is observing how certain chemicals react with each other—seeing how all the abstract information you’ve learned on paper manifests in real life. Of course, every school science lab is supposed to have an eye-wash station, a shower, a fire extinguisher, and other such safety tools in case something goes awry, and while accidents do happen, it is imperative that science demonstrations in the classroom be handled with extreme care. Although no hard evidence currently exists on how often school lab accidents occur—as no entity tracks them as a distinct category—scores of preventable incidents are reported every year.

Most recently, the case of 13-year-old Priest Rivera has been making headlines.

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Rivera’s face and upper body were severely burned when his teacher mistakenly botched a science demonstration in June 2019, and his family has filed a lawsuit against San Diego’s Encinitas Union School District.

Last June, sixth-grade teacher Lori Feinberg fumbled a seemingly simple science demonstration called the “black snake experiment.” This experiment involves the mixing of baking soda, sugar, sand, and alcohol, which is then introduced to a flame in order to form of a “sugar snake.” (When the mixture of baking soda and sugar gets hot, it decomposes to create carbon dioxide gas. A lack of oxygen in the sugar from the combustion creates carbonate and water vapor; the carbonate is pushed out by the pressure from the carbon dioxide, and voila! A snake is born.)

“It wasn’t really working and the science teacher kept pouring more rubbing alcohol to make the flame build up more. It went wrong and blew up in my face,” Priest told CBS News 8. He explained that he had ignited, and his friends surrounded him saying, “He’s on fire!”

The lawsuit filed on December 30, 2019, claims that Feinberg “recklessly” performed the “dangerous” science experiment which involved alcohol and flames “in windy conditions.” It also alleges that Feinberg provided her students with neither safety instructions nor protective equipment (like safety glasses) before performing the “black snake” experiment. The complaint also cites “severe and permanent injuries to Priest,” alleging both negligence and negligent action and stating that “Feinberg and the District knew it was highly probable that injury could occur when conducting an experiment involving flames, but knowingly disregarded that risk.” The family is seeking an unspecified amount in damages for Priest’s present and future hospital bills.

Although, as mentioned above, no hard numbers currently exist to verify the frequency of school lab accidents, the American Chemical Society’s Division of Chemical Health and Safety is seeking out “reliable data.”

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According to Scientific American, “surveys find incidents to be much more common in academic settings than in industrial labs”—and if university labs are seeing high numbers of injury and death, imagine how much less prepared public elementary, middle, and high school labs are likely to be.

Indeed, another student victim of a science experiment gone wrong was awarded $59.1 in damages from the New York Department of Education last July. Alonzo Yanes and classmate Julia Saltonstall were left with severe burns after a botched demonstration by a high school teacher in 2014. Science teacher Anna Poole attempted to conduct a “Rainbow Experiment,” a popular staple in high school chemistry classes due to its rapid and intense bursts of flame.

The Rainbow Experiment involves a variety of mineral salts and lit candles, usually placed in a line. An accelerant commonly used in the experiment is methanol, an extremely volatile liquid that shows how different salts produce distinct colors when burned. However, methanol also produces vapor clouds that can quickly spread flames (or, conversely, which can linger and be ignited by unwitting sparks later on). It was this substance that Poole used in her demonstration, pouring it out of a gallon-sized jug instead of a safer, smaller container.

Students said that she had only reached the second dish when a massive flame spread down the line of dishes and enveloped Yanes in flames, ultimately burning 30% of his body. Students also remarked that Poole was the only one in the room wearing safety goggles.

Rivera’s parents have addressed the school’s reticence to claim responsibility for what happened to their son, and the consensus within the scientific community is a similar one: almost all such incidents are preventable by improving oversight and supervision. They are not simply the consequence of random misfortune.

According to chemical safety expert Neal Langerman, “The problem of school lab danger lies in management responsibility.” With proper training, appropriate safety measures (like wearing protective clothing), and regular procedural oversight, accidents like those that have affected countless young students (as well as teachers) all over the country can be avoided in the future.

Young Girl Flips Off Audience At Christmas Pageant And Social Media Is Loving It

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Young Girl Flips Off Audience At Christmas Pageant And Social Media Is Loving It

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A little girl cast as an angel in her very first nativity play is being celebrated by the Internet for flipping off the entire audience for at least 20 minutes. Young Ella made an unforgettable stage debut when she walked out to the stage, sought out to see where her mom was sitting and flipped the bird. “Bless mason and Ella in their school play, it’s just a shame Ella spent the whole time trying to show me she’d hurt her middle finger 🤦🏻‍♀️😂😂,” Ella’s mom, Carla Bovingdon, shared to Facebook along with the hilarious photos of her angelic daughter. According to Bovingdon, Ella just really likes to show her mom when she’s hurt herself. Once Bovingdon shared the picture of innocence with the Facebook world, little Ella’s debut stage performance went viral.

Now, we’re all hurting with stitches from laughing so hard. 😂

The moment Ella walked out onto the stage, she searched the crowd to find her mom and concertedly waved her middle finger in the air for her mom to see.

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At first, Bovingdon was horrified and kept asking Ella to put her finger down. “I was thinking, ‘oh god, Ella please stop.’ Because she was doing it so innocently I think most people were thinking, ‘oh bless her,'” Bovingdon told Manchester Evening News. “I was like put ya hand down🤦🏻‍♀️ 🤣” Bovingdon later commented on her now-viral Facebook post.

Bovingdon was more embarrassed than amused at first, but after she saw a few people giggling in the audience, she was able to accept that her daughter was not going to let up. “The performance was about half-an-hour long, and I would say 70 percent of it she had her middle finger up. Now after people have had a laugh I can see the funny side of it,” she told the outlet.

All Ella was trying to do was show her mom her “injury.”

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“She likes to let me know if she’s at all injured, so she was basically trying to show me what she had done from across the room. It was the tiniest little hangnail as well,” Bovingdon told Manchester Evening News. Later, Bovingdon shared an image of Ella’s tragic injury, saying “This is the tiny cut she was trying to show me 🤦🏻‍♀️🖕🏻🤣.” If you look closely, you see a little bit of redness around Ella’s bird finger cuticle. While Ella just had a hangnail, it’s easy to forget how concerning it probably was the very first time we all had a hangnail or ripped skin around our cuticles. We’ve all become hardened now to the feeling, but Ella was the definition of innocence that night.

At one point, Ella put up two middle fingers just so she could compare her ‘injured’ finger to her other finger.

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Little Ella only had eyes for her middle fingers for the duration of the school play. When Ella decided to pull her middle fingers together side by side, essentially becoming the angelic version of Eminem, her mom decided she just had to accept that Ella was going to do what she wanted. At the very least, the nativity scene must have taught Bovingdon the gift of “serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can and wisdom to know the difference.”

“Had to be my kid 🤦🏻‍♀️🤣” Bovingdon would later comment on social media. 

We’re so glad this real-life angel could brighten up so many people’s day.

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“Oh my word that is hilarious 🤣🤣thank you Ella for cheering up a gloomy Tuesday 🤣🤣,” commented one family friend. “This keeps popping up on my feed and I’m literally laughing at it every time 🤣🤣🤣 hilarious,” commented another friend.

The best part about Ella’s stage presence is that, according to her mom, “she was completely oblivious 😂.” Her family and friends are suggesting that she hold onto the photos and wait until young Ella is a ripe 18-year-old and can enjoy a proper laugh from her naivete. In the meantime, her mom has tried to convey what it means that she’s gone viral, but she still doesn’t get it. At first, Bovingdon told Manchester Evening News that, Ella “wanted to say thank you to everyone for liking her picture, but then she said, ‘I don’t know what’s funny though’. She doesn’t get what the joke is.”

One day, Ella. One day.

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