Misunderstood (Poetry)

We are one!

We are one!

Misunderstood;
failed to understand someone or something correctly

From the beginning we’ve been misunderstood.
From Rosa Parks, to Martin of the King, Junior.

Or was it from Malcolm of the X, Fredrick Douglass?

A Squared Plus B squared. . . (Naw)

We were created to be the best!

Fighting for Our rights.

But as of today, are we the Best!
Are you working deliberately?

Be yourself, because at the end of the day, you will always be misunderstood; whether your real or fake.

–Destiny

“All About My Mother” Movie Review

The movie: “All About My Mother” was about a woman whose son named Esteban died and she dealt with the pain of telling important individuals about his death. She goes on to care for a pregnant nun who became her best friend, and plans to call her upcoming son: Esteban. The nun had an affair with the woman’s ex-boyfriend during the time she raised the already dead Esteban. Unfortunately the nun caught AIDS from him and it is important to note he was a transvestite named Lola who happened to go around being a prostitute. The Esteban who died never got to know his father since his mother ran away with him as a child in order to hide the truth from him. In the end, the nun died shortly after the pregnancy due to the virus, and Lola came into the scene and met the child, assuming it was his first child and the mother of the deceased Esteban showed him the picture of his truly first born son.

This program relates to a global issue of the lives of people with AIDS/HIV and also to those who become a bad influence as a parent. It’s possible for a parent with a husband/wife who considered a life of being a prostitute to run away with his/her child. This could be done because the parent wouldn’t want the child to know the truth and possibly follow their footsteps. The child would be upset with their parent for hiding the facts and feeling like they’re missing a half to their life. Even in the movie, the woman took the nun’s child away to another country just to hide the truth again.

I gained new information from the movie, which was the fact that such a problem Esteban’s mother had could exist. To have a future transvestite as a partner and leaving them due to bad influences to later find out a friend you recently made had intercourse with the man, resulting in catching AIDS. Luckily Esteban’s mother didn’t have AIDS since Lola had been a prostitute over the 17 years up to Esteban’s death. Looking at this case, I see more into the fact that there are many routes to life, and this particular one isn’t rare at all. Globally there are more and more individuals becoming a bad influence, resulting in the alteration of their child/children’s lives. A child already feels worse when they feel like they’re missing that one half of their life, this being their second parent.

Ambition

One Step at a time.

One Step at a time.

Ambition: (noun) desire and determination to achieve success

Good,
Better,
Best!

Never let it rest,
Until your good, is better, and your better is BEST!
(Something I personally live by.)

Paradigm shift.

College can be tough at times. Sometimes, you have to change your view on things; situations, assumptions and life itself.

With God, all things are possible. Nothing in this world is impossible( im-possible).

Hard work pays off!

Stay blessed

— Destiny

Friends

How many of you have them, friends?

Friends for life

Friends for life

Being away from home can be a dramatic change. But, by getting yourself involved with the Oswego Community can lighten the burden of feeling overwhelmed and home sick. College is fun! Well, college is what you make it. At SUNY Oswego, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved in the community. I, myself, a freshman, joined three clubs; BASIC (Brothers And Sisters In Christ), the Volleyball club and the Math club, which can also be found on Laker Life.

Here’s the link for a broad view of the Organizations if you are interested. (Copy & Paste)

( http://goo.gl/agzEc2 )

My life has dramatically changed in just a matter of seconds. Its how you apply yourself. Work hard now, relax later.

Be blessed,

— Destiny

Stay awake!

Any of you been feeling very exhausted lately? Not enough sleep? Well don’t feel like you’re the only one! Lately, well today, I really noticed myself becoming extremely exhausted with classes and the work to do all in one day in order to save free time later on. To me, however, it’s due to having an 8 a.m. class and going to sleep at 1 a.m. so I didn’t actually have enough sleep. Even writing this blog down, I am very tired, but I want to share how a normal college student feels throughout the semester. I especially feel this way when I know I have so much time in the day to get through so much work solely due to the fact that I wake up for an 8 a.m., so I try not to nap since it feels like wasting perfect time for later.

I know that this is how I have to expect to do my work and handle my schedule since this is how I built it. I wouldn’t argue about it, although some college students complain to the extreme and wonder why. We all are learning how to build our time management. I have had friends who flunked because they did not handle their time wisely, especially in the end of their semester last year. Now this makes me feel good and bad to be quite honest. It means I am working hard on my time management but also realizing that messing up would feel like a tragedy for me. I would dislike being behind and missing due dates as much as anyone else. Being a business major, I know I can’t be missing any due dates in the real world. The struggle is real.

I encourage everyone to really go take your classes seriously and find out what is going on in your classes. Due dates mean do now and don’t wait. You won’t regret it if you try and make time for yourself and have time for others later with no work to worry about. There’s nothing like the feeling of having no homework and papers due for longer than a day, until your professor decides otherwise.

Relaxation (Ekphrastic Poem)

Relax.
Inhale the fresh air.
Exhale the pain, stress, and worries.
Observe.
Look at how the sun beams down on the students as they rush eagerly to class.
You are free.
Free to do what ever;
View the lake, as the breeze fills yours nose with a cool sensation.
And of course, there’s always homework.

What a beautiful view!

Relax.
You are brighter, wiser, stronger, and better than before, yesterday.
Believe.
You’re a step closer to your destiny.
One day you will be on top of the world, so just relax.
Relax.

“I Don’t Speak Spanish” Discussion by Latino Student Union

During the “I Don’t Speak Spanish” discussion with the Latino Student Union, we sat down and were asked discussion questions as we were informed about why there are individuals who don’t speak Spanish. The first question was something I can relate to since I am Hispanic myself: What goes through your mind when you meet a Hispanic that does not speak Spanish? Although to me, I would answer quite differently because I do know Spanish, but I don’t like to speak it due to my accent. I was raised in America with English everywhere, and even though I learned Spanish at the youngest age, English overlapped my way of speech. Thus giving me more of a stutter and accent in the Spanish language. Some people are made fun of, and some don’t pick Spanish up very well, as discussed in the lecture.

Another question addressed was: what are some reasons why the number of Hispanics speaking Spanish decreasing? It was due to the dominating language here being English. We figured this is the case since our school systems use English, the menus at restaurants use English, and when we go to take a subway train in New York City: the speaker uses English vocabulary to announce the upcoming stop. There is also a bad stigma going around where they would say “just practice”, and all I, and probably any person struggling to speak Spanish can say is, “it’s not that easy.”

Some factors for some Hispanics not speaking Spanish are the Shame/fear out of it, Desire to assimilate, and that they are bad at languages. Some people, even me, are afraid of being discriminated against, especially when I go to a place where Spanish is hardly spoken, like Idaho State. If there are no Hispanics in a particular location, “who am I going to speak Spanish to?” There are Hispanics who don’t necessarily speak Spanish, rather slang, like we do in English. Another discussion question was: “Why is it important to be able to speak Spanish?” Some points were made that Spanish is almost becoming the most spoken language in the world behind Mandarin. Some jobs now actually have the job requirement to speak Spanish. For example: Customer Service Representatives, when you call and they say “dial 2 for Spanish…” that position gives a higher wage of about 50 cents to a dollar higher than an English speaking CSR.

I enjoyed my time discussing more about my own Spanish background with my peers and having them add more to it with stories of their own. Many of us listeners were involved and it was intriguing. There was also a recommendation at the end of the discussion to try out an app on the phone that helps you learn other languages over time, not to mention it’s interactive. I definitely gained some knowledge and the actual “want” of learning more languages now that I know of such an app. We talked about how interracial marriages can affect how to raise your own children by having yourself question whether the Spanish language should be taught to them or the language of the significant other.

3rd Week and Counting

Hello, I’d like to introduce myself all over again; my name is Javier Fernandez, I’m from the Bronx, NY and my major is Accounting. I am a sophomore and I have participated in the Web Content Editor/Tester position last year. I plan to look for more interesting events and activities to talk about and be heard through my future blogs this year. There will be more things to write about, especially now that I am residing in Hart, in which feels like an advantage because I have to go out and participate in IST approved events. I can talk about them here before I go to them/ after them. Anything that proves helpful to you guys, I will try to share. There are some events that I am looking forward to that you guys may find a lot of interest in:

Humans Vs. Zombies Campus Wide event by the StoryTeller’s Guild here in SUNY Oswego!

ALANA Fashion Show

Laker Men’s Home Hockey games!

Concerts

Fairs, Etc…

I honestly can’t wait to talk about this year’s HvZ campus wide game. Last year was a lot of fun and I even made a whole outline of what happened throughout each day in a blog post. The Hockey games will be full of energy within the crowds, and maybe I’ll be able to list of the crowd chants we traditionally use like “He’s a Freshman!”, “#$%hole! x3″, “Let’s go Lakers! x3″, and more! You can find the list to these events in the SUNY Oswego website here: http://www.oswego.edu/news/calendar/

See you around. I plan to make as many posts as I can within my available times between studying, homework, and classes. It will take some time management on my part, but i’ll finalize every blog with more of me enjoying the time writing it.

Pie a Cheerleader!

What’s happening on the #SUNYOswego campus?

Well. . . today is the day to pie a SUNY Oswego cheerleader! Now tell me, is there anything that can get better than that?

No, not at all. See, the campus is everything you can imagine and more, from being extremely educational to having tons of fun, which requires balance that develops with time. What a great idea to get the Oswego campus involved!

Hey, “The sky is NOT the limit, but just the beginning of your potential destiny.” (My favorite quote to live by on an every day basis, whom the author is me, Destiny. Destiny Green.)

 

Photo(s) from the “Pie a Cheerleader” Event:

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My dear friend, Christy Ogden, is one of the #SUNYOswego cheerleaders.

Speaking on behalf of the team, Christy said, “We are doing this to raise money for Nationals in Daytona, FL and win the championship!”