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

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Latinos are expected to live with their parents until forever. There are some of us, though, that like to rebel and disappoint our parents a little, so we sit them down and tell them that we want to go away for college. A travesty, I know, but this is what happens when you’re brave enough to do the unthinkable…

1. First, you give yourself that big pep talk…

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It shouldn’t be that hard to bring it up… right? I mean, everyone has to leave the nest at some point.

2. And convince yourself to stay strong as you face the overwhelming guilt trip that is coming your way.

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You can do it!

3. Then you realize you’ll need to tell abuelita, which is a totally different story.

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It’s not going to be easy.

4. Your inner chillona comes out. Tears run. Lots and lots of tears.

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Isn’t this supposed to be a happy time?

5. But you try to realize that this is a good decision!

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…even though it’s already starting to feel like anything but.

6. Your cousins will start reminding you of all the family events you’re going to be missing.

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Like Mónica’s quince. Angel’s baptism. Ugh, I get it! But I’ll be doing whatever I want, whenever I want! Terrible frat parties! Pizza! PIZZA!

7. Mami will help you pack and remind you that you’re incapable of living on your own.

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Who’s going to do your laundry and fold your clothes like she did?

8. Suddenly, you start doubting everything… again.

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Seriously, how do they always do it to us?

9. Your parents help you fill out your roommate questionnaire so you don’t end up with a psycho killer…

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Which is literally anyone who isn’t them or your grandparents because you could never sleep over anyone’s house anyway. Sorry, nice Katie with the 4.2 GPA, even you won’t make the cut.

10. When the day to drive to your new home comes, everyone will be sobbing.

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Even your brother and the vecinos.

11. Speaking of everyone, they will *all* go to drop you off at your dorm.

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You know, to screen meet your new roommate.

12. Mami will stock you up with Fabuloso and other cleaning supplies.

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…and she will clean your new apartment or dorm before she leaves, even though it’s clean already. But we know it’s never clean enough by her standards.

13. Once you’re alone in your dorm, you’ll start missing your family terribly…

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Oh yeah, homesickness is a real thing.

14. But that quickly fades when they start calling 24/7.

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18 missed calls? Oh, and that’s on a light day!

15. And cry when you tell them you’re eating pizza for the eighth day in a row.

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“Eso no es comida!!” Um, yes it is, Mom.

16. Which leads to some pretty epic care packages from home.

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Full of pastelitos, instant bustelo and random nostalgic cositas you left in your room back home.

17. And when you’re ready to visit, you’ll come home to an epic reunion with the whole fam.

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Food! Music! Cousins!

18. As sad as your family was, they’ll be extremely proud of the big step you took…

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All of the struggles will start to make sense, finally…

19. And they’ll show you off and let everyone know of their brave, college bound child.

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See! This was an amazing thing to happen for everyone. You’re not such bad kid, after all. <3<3


READ: What Parents Complain About During Your First Year in College

Did you parents lose it when you wanted to go away to college? Did they give you space or stalk you through your dorm window? Let’s get through this together with your stories below!

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Marco Rubio Is Promising To Be As Anti-Immigrant As Trump

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Marco Rubio Is Promising To Be As Anti-Immigrant As Trump

Marco Rubio,  the once Great Latino Hope of the Republican Party who couldn’t even beat Trump in Rubio’s own state of Florida, is still trying to keep his Senate seat.

This despite the fact that he told reporters back in March that he was going to finish out his term and be a private citizen, very clearly saying that he wouldn’t run for reelection.

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Well, guess what? Rubio is running again for a job he has repeatedly said he doesn’t even actually like and doesn’t even really show up for.

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To be fair, people are allowed to change their minds, and Rubio is really good at doing that.

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Take immigration reform, for example. On Monday, Rubio announced what he plans to do on the issue should he win reelection. In short, they are very similar to Trump’s proposals.

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Rubio’s anti-immigrant policies aren’t exactly new. Back in July, he talked about the importance of a border wall.

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But believe it or not, there was a point when Rubio not only supported immigration reform, but tried to be the face of it.

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In 2013, Rubio was a part of the “Gang of Eight,” eight Senators from both parties who were making a concerted effort to pass a bill that compromised on both sides. That bill never made it past the Tea Party-influenced House of Representatives.

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Still, that didn’t stop Rubio from getting publicity out of the affair. Here’s him in a Time Magazine cover story talking about how his undocumented grandfather (lol yup!) taught him about compassion for refugee kids from Central America:

“He didn’t have a legal right to be here, but America wasn’t going to deport an elderly man to a communist dictatorship,” Rubio says. “It equates to these kids who were brought here when they were 5 or 6 and have no memory of the country where they were born. America is a compassionate country that says, ‘Let’s help these folks.’ But you have to do it in a way that doesn’t encourage people to bring their kids in the future, so they can get the same benefit. It’s complicated.”

But that was then and this is now. In the present, the conservative/GOP views on immigration are much harsher, which means that Rubio wants Republicans to vote for him, he needs to toe what appears to be the party line.

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The move seems to be working. Marco Rubio is leading in Florida and is on track to win reelection.

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READ: Marco Rubio Is A Hypocrite And Here’s Why

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