Author Archives: Crystal

Why Go to Class?

(Begin Rant) I have one question for all of those people who go to class and either text, IM, watch Youtube videos, check their Facebook, surf the internet and email instead of taking notes: Why go to class? I understand that it is tempting to text or surf the internet if you use a laptop to take notes or have […]

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Flying with Jumpseat Seating

I was more reluctant than usual to go home this time. It gets much more difficult to say “goodbye” the more Francisco and I see each other; although we know it is more like an “I’ll see you later”. On the other hand, I was not only leaving Francisco, but also the cultural events that occur throughout the month of […]

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Flying During a Blizzard

The things you do for love… Monday, Day 1: A blizzard hit the East Coast bringing 12 and 32 inches (30 and 81 cm), and my flight was to leave at 9pm. Enough said. JFK International Airport closed until 6pm, however a good friend of mine, Mike, still drove my friend Max and I to NYC all in good faith and friendship. […]

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You Know You’re From Oakland When…

You pronounce Oakland: “OAKLIN”. You learned Ebonics before you learned English. “Beezie, hella, scraper, ripper” is standard English. You Know what “scraper filled wit rippers” mean. You know “in da cuts” don’t got nothing to do wit hair and “grapes” aint got nothin to do wit fruit. You hear gunshots and don’t even get scared and hearing police sirens around […]

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Santa God Is Coming to Town!

It has been 22 years that I have been on this earth, and every year I feel more and more at odds with the Christmas holiday. It’s not an aversion to Christianity / Jesus / religion, but it is the way Christmas is shifting in focus from a religious and cultural holiday to a materialistic festival. I know that this […]

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Service

My last day at my internship at La Fundación América Solidaria was one that I could never forget. It was not only my last day at the foundation but it was the goodbye ceremony for the professional volunteers that would start their service in Chile, Bolivia, Columbia, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti. I didn´t have much time to spend […]

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The Origin

It has been 5 years since I have lived in the Bay. I look back on life as I knew it there and realize how much I´ve changed. It is like paging through an old photo album – every year you look different. As you get older, it´s not so much how you look, but who you are that changes. On […]

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