February 26, 2017

Food and Social Habits

In my culture, the food is primarily known for being spicy and well-seasoned. Growing up, beans and Mexican rice were always sides to the main course which would always involve meat. Now that I think about it, the vegetables were somehow either included in the rice or meat dish as I grew up and never had their own portion. I used to eat a lot of soups as a kid and leftovers were eaten as the next days dinner or until they ran out.

As long as we had beans or rice in the house we were set. We could even make whole meals out of those two things. I’m not to sure I’ve never thought of food as defining my social status though.

In the traditional Mexican household, like when my grandma was growing up, the woman handled all household duties, which included cooking. Dinner was to be ready upon my grandpas return. My family slowly became less traditional though, especially when I was being raised. In this case, learning how to cook was never forced upon me or made my duty. Nowadays, I know my friends consider me super wealthy because I order takeout a lot or go out to eat, which isn’t really true, I’m just kind of lazy to cook.


February 12, 2018

I think the most difficult thing while growing up and even now is that I cannot strictly identify with one nationality. That is what I will be discussing in my audio essay. I have found that many people I have met require me to confine myself to one title: American or Mexican, and when I tell them I am both they try to point out that there are flaws in my logic.

So, in my audio essay, I will be discussing my struggle to feel comfortable with the different connections to each of my two nationalities and present how I have learned to not let what people think affect me. It will, hopefully, give the audience some inspiration to overcome any obstacles they feel with respect to their nationality as well as. It shows how no one can define you except for you and your own opinions as well as feelings dictate your identity as well.


Essay 1 Free Writing

There are many things that have shaped my life and one is not more dominant than the other. I guess I feel that even though i was born and raised in the US i dont consider myself more american but sometimes people think so i mean i get from people that i dont look mexican and have been whitewashed but i wouldnt call that a struggle i mean ive never felt inequality or opposition bc of my race or anything so like , having troube with that aspect and to simply label myself as american isnt right either but i guess the reason im so well established and have had the priveleged life ive had falls because of the struggles of my grandpa and all that he did for his kids that now translate to me the story of my family begins with him i suppose so im gonna talk about him and explain how all his accomplishments and sacrifices got our family to where we are today



-Introduce my grandpa

-talk about his transition story


  • his story, struggles, jobs

– introduce mom and siblings

-talk about my life and how it helped and where i am now


February 5, 2018

In her overview of “Black and Blue” by Garnette Cadogan, Tori Santiago effectively and concisely conveyed the thoughts presented in the essay. She presented Cadogan’s personal views and his struggle throughout his life walking in Kingston and in New Orleans. Addressed were key events such as police brutality that Cadogan faced and his transition when he moved to the United States.

When discussing “Scenes and Un-Scenes: Class Dismissed,” the blog response Tori included her own summarized insight which told that if classes were discussed they and they’re problems could be understood.