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.


January 26, 2018

Meaning of Name

Andessa Leilani De Santiago. The name given to me at birth of which the meaning and origin is partially unknown to me. My first name Andessa seems to have no definition, no evidence of existence on the internet, and I assume was made from a misspelling of the name Andressa. To help people remember my first name and spell it I like to tell them its a combination of the names Andrea and Vanessa and that my mum could not decide between the two. I do remember my mother telling me that when she was 7 months pregnant, she was eating dinner one time at the restaurant my grandpa was the chef at and she overheard a mother calling her daughter that. She said it appeared that they were German, but when I look it up, the name has no correlation to Germany whatsoever. My middle name, Leilani, is Hawaiian and means “a heavenly flower.” I do not quite know why she chose that one she just says it sounds pretty so there’s not much explanation there. My last name is two parts, De Santiago and that confuses some people sometimes. No, I am not from chile or chilean at all (I get that joke a lot). When I look it up, its origin appears to be from many places. It was a name that used to be given to a person or mixed cultures.

I love my name and have never been embarrassed by it. I sometimes go by the nickname Dess, but not because I’m embarrassed simply because it is easier to remember. My nickname is something my friends use and I kind of like it because it makes it a little less formal than my full name.



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