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These Photos Of 2019 Latina Graduates Will Make You Llorar Tears Of Happiness Like No Other

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This year’s 2019 Latina graduates are celebrating their achievements by telling their profound stories of love, hope and familia. For many of the Latinas crossing the stage this year, getting to and through college was no easy feat, particularly because of the various obstacles institutions have set in their way. Still, in true #Latinapower, they persisted and now join this year’s group of graduates.

Here’s a look at twenty Latinas graduating this year despite the odds that were stacked against them:

This Latina who’s making her way across the stage DESPITE all the obstacles and naysayers in her path.

this chica juggled multiple jobs including as a real estate agent, a car salesman AND a secretary just to get to college. Girl got herself a full ride scholarship and has a B.A. now!!

This UC Berkeley bound STEM graduate.

Congrats the new Golden Bear! Bienvenida!!

This Latina who is taking on a big first for her university!

YASS chica!

This smart lady with all of the style and the degree!

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We stan for a woman who reps her heritage on her graduation cap!

This first generation graduate who’s making her parents proud

Reading through this girl’s Instagram caption, we seriously think she could be an inspirational speaker as a side-hustle to her engineering.

This Latina who rocked *bloody shoes* along with a gorgeous pink dress to her graduation ceremony

Who ever said you can’t graduate in style?

This Latina who honored her father’s spirit on her graduation cap

We’re sure her father would be proud of her accomplishment.

This Latina who went ahead and got a SECOND bachelor’s degree after realizing the first wasn’t what she wanted after all

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It takes a special kind of bravery to recognize what you want and go after it despite all the obstacles in your path.

This Latina who didn’t let imposter syndrome tell her what she couldn’t do

After not even thinking she could get into this Master’s program, this “proud Mexican” is now graduating. Congrats!

This Latina who credits her success to the hard work of her ancestors

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Graduation is the perfect time to reflect on the sacrifices your family may have made to get you to this point in your life. It takes a village, after all!

This Latina who repped her rizos at her graduation from a prestigious Historically Black College

We love how this Latina celebrates every aspect of herself!

This Latina who graduated with an engineering degree while growing a life inside of her

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We’re pretty sure if you look up “work ethic” in the dictionary, you’ll find this woman’s picture right next to the definition

This Latina who’s rocking her queer AND Latinx pride on her graduation day

Not to mention, she’s graduating early. What an inspiration!

This Chicana, who made sure her graduation outfit had a splash of color

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We love how this Latina wasn’t afraid to rock her traditional cultural get-up!

This self-called “product of immigration” whose entire family came to see her graduate

We love how her whole family came to cheer her on.

This Latina who proved haters wrong and earned the degree that was her birthright

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In this political climate, just graduating from college with pride can feel like a political act. We love this girl’s fierceness!

This newly ordained medical assistant who has proved that intelligence runs in the family

The future looks bright for this one.

This Latina who was brave enough to return to school after taking a break

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Further proof that it’s never too late to follow your dreams!

This former teen mom who defied the statistics and became the first in her family to graduate

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We love how this Latina credits her son for inspiring her to graduate. What an incredible role model.

This Masters-having Latina who’s educating Latinos on educational inequality

This woman’s passion is everything. It’s Latinas like this that are being the change they want to see in the world.

To all the Latinas that are graduating, still in school, or thinking about going back to school, we hope this is inspiration for all of you. Remember: Sí se puede.

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. 

Instagram / @kudoswork

“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. 

Instagram / @graphic.mooi

“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. 

Instagram / @theholtworkspace

“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. 

Instagram / @recruiterlady

“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.

Instagram / @opi

“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? 

Instagram / @ipmahr

“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. 

Instagram / @jonesnetworkingclt

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

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