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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!

‘Side Hustle’ Episode 2: Nude Modeling And Friend Rentals

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‘Side Hustle’ Episode 2: Nude Modeling And Friend Rentals

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Side hustles aren’t just limited to freelance writing gigs. There is a vast world of side hustles that can make people a lot of money. Some of them involve art, modeling, and unusual rentals that people would need. That is what the second episode of mitú original series “Side Hustle” is all about.

“That’s not art. That’s you being nude.”

Dorian Wood and Tatyana are young Latinos trying to make it in this wild world in which we live. While some people rely on a regular 9-5 job to make everything work, these two people found a way to take something they like to do and make it profitable.

Wood is using his body to make money and a name for himself with a global audience. His art is something that some people just don’t understand but he is beloved in the art world for his performance art. His nude body is the subject of his work and he has been featured in art shows around the world.

Tatyana is a college student working her way through college like so many others. However, she is taking a different route to pay for her college courses instead of working a retail job. What she has to offer is friendship and it’s paying off.

Wood might be celebrated for his art but his mom has some thoughts.

“I did a show in Madrid and this artist comes up to me after the show and offers to do a mural of me so I just said, ‘Okay. What have I got to lose?’ A few months later he sends me this video of him putting the finishing touches on a four-story mural in Segovia in Spain of me completely naked and my jaw just dropped,” Wood tells co-host David Alvarez. “‘El Gordo’ is what they called the mural. It somehow just triggered something in me. I was like, ‘Oh. Okay. What if I tried art modeling?'”

Wood admits that his friends and family are a little confused by his work. He adds: “They think I’m insane. My mother sees me posing nude and doing nude performance art and she’ll tell me in Spanish like, ‘You know. That’s not art. That’s you being nude.'”

Tatyana loves to make friends and now that makes her some money.

“This is just a way for me to pay for classes,” Tatyana explains to co-host Sahsa Merci. “There was a list of 100 things you could do to make side money and I checked a bunch of them out. The Rent-A-Friend seemed like something I could be good at. So, I started it and I really liked how it was.”

Tatyana says that “it was definitely a little too delicate to talk about at first.” She added. “They know that I enjoy making new friends so for me to get some benefit out of it, also financial help for my school, they were happy about that.”

READ: Cuddling And Wrestling Are Just Two Ways To Make Money On The Side

In-Person Courses Have Been Canceled As Well As Recreational Activities, Now Students Are Protesting To Cancel SAT Exams Due To Coronavirus

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In-Person Courses Have Been Canceled As Well As Recreational Activities, Now Students Are Protesting To Cancel SAT Exams Due To Coronavirus

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Virtually every sector of the U.S. economy has taken a hit in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The education sphere is no exception.

According to a recent report by the Washington Post, “an estimated 1 million high school juniors are missing the chance this spring to get their first SAT score, and many others face uncertainty about when they can take the ACT.”

Widespread exam cancellations and postponements have left many students uncertain as to what they will do come application season when many universities and colleges require the test.

Now students are calling colleges and universities to call an end to the tests altogether.

#TestOptionalNOW is the new trending hashtag that students across the nation have created in response to the uncertainty the virus has caused the tests. The hashtag along with a petition by Student Voice.imploring universities to waive the standardized testing requirements for freshmen applicants in the fall of 2021.

But many students are asking for just a temporary suspension, not just during this time of uncertainty. After all, the standardized exams have for decades been scrutinized for the inaccurate measures of intelligence and success.

The college scandal of 2019 —thanks to Aunt Becky and her wealthy cohorts— is just a recent look at how privileged people can easily change the outcome of tests and admissions only by forking money over to do so. Academic-based bribery is hardly a new scheme in the admissions process and the ways in which the system has become intricately rigged to keep out minorities is only just beginning to gain exposure. Minorities and low-income people are marginalized when it comes to admissions, test scores, and the workplace — it’s a system that continuously unbalances society.

When it comes to the SATs, an assessment test meant to categorize students solely on academic merit, this truth is no different.

The original intention behind the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) is to show where a student stands among their peers, to indicate what their next educational move should be.

The SATs date back to the mid-1920s.

Carl C. Brigham, a psychology professor at Princeton University whose early writings strongly influenced the eugenics movement and anti-immigration legislation in the United States, created the SAT for College Board in 1926. Brigham proposed and produced the test after make observations that he said proved “American education is declining and will proceed with an accelerating rate as the racial mixture becomes more and more extensive.”

According to PBS, the College Board “puts him in charge of a committee to develop a test that could be used by a wider group of schools.” And “In 1926 the SAT is administered to high school students for the first time.”

However, the wording as to why students had to take the SATs in the first place is marred with racial discrimination.

The SATs came during an immigration wave, and college boards and universities wanted to define who would be allowed in. The test doesn’t necessarily attest to who is smarter but more extensive information about the student, their race, and economic background. And yet, college admissions board do not consider this a factor in their admissions process. Proving that in a deeply flawed and unequal educational system, where segregation is still alive and well, colleges and education systems continue to fail students of color and those who are not. After all, research has shown that diversity in school’s only further benefits students, particularly in fields that are related to critical thinking and problem-solving.

The truth is that high-stakes standardized tests work in ways that reinforce racist and discriminatory systems of old. Continuing to accept notions that standardize tests are merit-based only perpetuate the race and class gaps reflected in their results.

Now the SATs will include an “adversity rating” that will allow colleges to know the school that a student came from to evaluate them in a more fair way.

The rating — 1 to 100 — would help the college board (who own the SATs) understand a student’s quality of education based on the neighborhood, the school’s economic standing, and other relevant information. So, if a student doesn’t do very well on the SATs, the rating would reveal as to the hardships that student endured. The rating does not include information about their race, but more so the economic struggles.

Some people feel that the “adversity rating” is something people could take advantage of by lying about where they live.

For example, if a parent knows that their child may not do well on the SATs they could lie about where they live to get a better adversity rating. This would help them achieve a better score.

“The idea that ‘this is a great SAT score for someone from your neighborhood, for someone of your background’ — it’s not fair to the students,” Venkates Swaminathan, a college admissions consultant told The Washington Post.

Others say the “adversity rating” will be a significant boost to go alongside affirmative action.

“Merit is all about resourcefulness,” David Coleman, chief executive of the College Board, said to the New York Times. “This is about finding young people who do a great deal with what they’ve been given. It helps colleges see students who may not have scored as high, but when you look at the environment that they have emerged from, it is amazing.”