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15 Things You Should Take From Mom’s House Before Moving To College

Now that it’s back-to-school season and you’re moving away from home, here are the essentials every Latino needs to survive college without mamá y papá…

1. A veladora or two.

Omg I desperately need BOTH of these ? #veladora

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When you get that first stack of assignments, lighting a velita is the only way to get through it all. Get a Morrissey one to be extra #blessed.

2. Vaporú

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It will cure every ailment, so there will be no excuse that you need to skip that sociology lecture.

3. A stash of napkins…and other junk.


You know that junk drawer you’ve got at home full of old soy sauce packets, napkins and straws from every restaurant you’ve ever been in? Start a new collection of those. These weird habits will all finally make sense and come in handy at the right times.

4. Fabuloso✨

When you and your ma are about to deep clean the hell out of a spot… #fabuloso #lol ?☺️???????

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Your mom will probably be right in telling you that your roommate will never keep your new place as clean as the house you grew up in.

5. That towel abuelita embroidered with your name.


Your roommate won’t be able to use the excuse that she accidentally grabbed your towel… unless she can’t read.

6. Containers in every size.


We don’t necessarily mean the Tupperware brand. You probably never understood why your mom had so many bizarre containers for everything, but you’ll soon realize they’re perfect for taking lunch to class, storage and hiding your good food from your roomies in the unassuming butter tub. ?

7. A plentiful stash of aluminum foil.


Our parents used foil in every way possible, and you’ll need something to wrap up those old pizza slices, curl your hair, wash your dishes… you get the point.

8. An emergency sewing kit inconspicuously hidden in a Danish cookie tin.


You’ll need a quick fix when you pop that button after your Freshman 15. ? Plus, it could make for the perfect way to prank your roommates.

9.  Chocolate Abuelita and conchas.


You’re in college now. Who has time to actually cook breakfast??

10. A cobija San Marcos.


When that roommate keeps your room at 53 degrees, you’ll need your massive tiger blanket to keep you nice and warm, just like home.

11. Hot sauce and adobo in every flavor.


You might not be getting mom’s home cooked meals anymore, but you can make sure your meals are flavored just as they are at home, with Valentina, Cholula and a little Goya adobo. You’ll thank me when you’re sitting in your dorm eating cup of noodles with Tapatío.

12. Chancletas and a bata.


When you’re busy studying, comfort is of utmost importance. Las chanclas also double as a good shower shoe if you have a communal dorm shower. Your mami didn’t make you obsess about cleanliness your whole life for nothing now, did she?

13. A mal de ojo bracelet.


When you’re trying to succeed in college, you do not need anything trying to kill your vibe. Evil can kindly GTFO.

14. A photo with your immediate family.

Lmao totally my Family. ? #LoveMyBigFamily #LatinoFamily #HugeFamily #MomSide #BottomPhoto #ThatsNotAll #JustSomeCousins #lol

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You know, to make sure you don’t forget all of them.

15. Most importantly, an unlimited data/text plan.


Being away from Latino parents for the first time means a lot of phone calls and texting, so make sure you have a good plan to assure them that you’re still alive and well fed. You know how mom assumes the worst when you don’t answer the phone.


READ: You’d Think Latino Parents Would Be Happy We’re Moving Away To College, But Noooo…

What else do you think you need to survive when you’re away at college for the first time? Let us know below!

Why Are Some Latinos White? MTV Explains.

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Why Are Some Latinos White? MTV Explains.

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Chances are, no matter what you look like or how you identify, you’ve interacted with someone who was a bit confused about how this whole “Latinx” thing works.

“If you’re Latinx then… why are you white?”

“But you can’t be both Latinx and black. Right?”

“Wait, so you’re Asian and Latinx? How does that even work?”

Sigh. Fortunately, MTV’s “Decoded” host Franchesca Ramsey offered us an in-depth look on the differences between race and ethnicity when it comes to that age-old question: Are Hispanics white?

And she had a little help from our very own video producer extraordinaire, Kat Lazo.

Franchesca kicks things off by explaining how the census is currently set up in a pretty confusing way.

Especially if you’re Latinx and/or of Hispanic descent, namely because it strives to categorize people in neat little boxes according to both race and ethnicity, even though these labels can be, well. Pretty complex!

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Adding to all this is the existing confusion between the terms “Hispanic” and “Latinx / Latin@ / Latino/a.”

Fortunately, Kat was able to clear up some misconceptions:

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Breaking it down to its most basic level, it’s essentially a matter of language versus location. And, as Kat also points out, neither term refers to a racial identity.

In fact, Latinx can refer to people of any race.

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As Kat explains, Latin American history includes colonization, slavery and global migration, and those have resulted in Latinx indigenous American, European, African and Asian descent. We’re a global phenomenon!

Ok, ready for things to get a little more complicated? Awesome, let’s go:

As Franchesca explains, the concept of race isn’t truly inherent. It’s a construct, and an ever-shifting one at that.

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As for ethnicity, we can define it as a set of cultural practices, values and traditions that unite and define a group of people.

Like, for example, Latinx.

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Making this even MORE COMPLICATED is the fact that even though Latinx isn’t a race, we’re racialized.

And popular Latinx representation in media hasn’t helped.

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And, since so much of the U.S.’s understanding and discussion of race tends to fall into a black/white binary, it’s all the more important for us as Latinx to define ourselves.

Here’s how Kat identifies, for instance:

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So. Are Hispanics white?

Sure, some are! And some are black. And some are both. And some are mixed race with indigenous ancestry. And some are Japanese-Brazilian-Afro-Venezuelan-Taíno. And some simply identify as Chicanx.

Whew.

Watch the full video below:


READ: What Shall We Call Us? The Debate Around ‘Latinx’ Continues

So tell us: How do you identify?

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