February 26, 2018

Eating habits:

In my Mexican culture, foods we often eat contain fresh fish, we call this “mariscos”, we at tacos de carne, res, pollo, etc. Even though we enjoy this foods we also eat a lot of the normal foods everyone else eats, like pasta. Pasta is one of my favorite meals. My secret eating habits though involve “papas preparadas”. This snack is basically chips, with Valentina, tajin, limon, and it is intended to fill the plate with spicy sauces and chips, this making a delicious Mexican snack. In my house something you always tend to hear form me and my sister is, “papas preparadas?”. I feel like papas preparadas do represent a snack many Mexican people enjoy, and they represent our culture’s love for spicy foods and the acid taste of lemon.

A way foods represent our Mexican identities is simply the love for tacos. When you walk down Mexican streets, you always tend to see tacos stands, taco restaurants, and we Mexicans are proud of them. I have to admit, the tacos I have tasted in the United States do not compare to how they taste in my country, maybe this is also just my Mexican pride. People always identify tacos with Mexico.


February 23

Team: Maddie, Rosalie and Isa B.



  1. no, because this is common knowledge and is not plagiarism.
  2. Yes, because he is still copying from the book so he needs to quote it.
  3. yes, because it still considered plagiarism
  4. It could go either way, because if he checks and it is the same information it is plagiarism.
  5. Yes, because you have to cite the paraphrase.





February 21, 2018

When I moved to Kentucky, for the first time in my life I was faced with many ignorant comments thrown towards me. I remember that was the first time I felt identified as “The Mexican” instead of Isabel. It was the first day of school and I watched as people stared at me and came up to talk to me. Since I lived in a community were new people was not such a common thing, I understood why I got a lot of attention.


A remember these guys were talking to me and one asked me, “Do you know what youtube is?,” after that the other guys continued to ask em questions like that, but, what scared me the most is I think they were truly asking me them. Another guy joined in and asked me, “Do you run  cross country?.” I was stunned while they laughed and laughed. I had never been faced with those comments before in such a small lapse of time, that was the first time I felt like an alien.

People perceived me as a Mexican girl who rode to school in donkeys and did not have any internet or any knowledge about the pop culture in the world. It astounded me that in a world were it is so easy to click on google and find information, I was still faced with such embarrassing and ignorant questions.


February 16, 2018

APA references:

Gebhard, J. (2010). What Do International Students Think and Feel? Adapting to U.S College Life and Culture. Ann Arbor, MI

Mack, T. (1997, May). Culture shock. Forbes magazine, . 188-90

Simpson, J. (2006, May 8). Chronicler of Culture Shock. Time magazine, .156

Wright, R. Journal of correctional education (2005). Going to teach in prisons: Culture shock. 19-38




feb 12th, 2018

I will be speaking about the differences of the countries I have live in (Brazil, Denmark, Mexico and US) and how these countries have shaped me and my personality growing up. I will start by mentioning I was born in Brazil, but I do not consider myself Brazilian. I will not speak as much about Brazil as the other countries. I will center on the hardships of the transitions as a girl and as a teenage girl entering new environments and the feelings and experiences both hard and good, that made me stronger or in some cases, more insecure. For Denmark I will center on being a young girl in a country were the main language was Danish and seeing my parents divorce.

For Mexico, I will speak about me at an age of 7, how adapting to my school Puerto Aventuras was, and the growing up aspect of transforming into a teenage girl. I left for Kentucky when I was 14, therefore, I will speak about being  the “new Girl” at a private high school and experiences that both shaped me to be me. After that, I will mention Florida, where I lived for a year, and had a very bad time, I  will speak of the way my insecurities peaked that year and the emotional struggle I faced both in school and out of school. Then, moving back to Mexico and how I grew my last years there.

In general I will focus on my growth as a person in all countries, how I left them each with a learnt lesson and tougher skin. My experience in each country was very different, but even the worst of experiences I would never take back, because even though this sounds super cheesy, they have made me so much stronger.


February 9th, 2018

I think an important point I will like to talk about in my audio essay would be the development of my literacy in my life. As a young girl, I had to learn how to speak English while I was living in Denmark, since most people there only spoke English or Danish.After living in Denmark a few years, I moved to Mexico where I had to focus on creating a good level of speaking of Spanish to flourish in my school,. I remember feeling very disappointed with myself because I needed extra help in order to keep up, so I always viewed literacy as pain, I did not really enjoy it. A few years later when I was about 11, I started really loving writing. I used to write small books (about 300 pages), about love stories and adventures, even though these books had giant letters and spelling grammars, I felt very proud. That’s when I feel in love with creative writing. Creative writing to me, is a source of expression, an outlet that helps me let everything out. To be honest, I haven’t written in a while. I used to get home from school and run to my room, lay on my bed and write small stories, now I rarely do this. I think I have t0 remember the way writing makes me feel, I have to reconnect with  my creative side and start writing again, because not only did it make me feel good, it made me feel alive…


February 7th, 2018

The expectations we have for the essay is to be able to present a well formed, thought out, non-fiction oral audio explaining situations that affected our identity in our life, as well as playing music in the background that expresses a very important part of who you are. My strength is in my writing and also in having many experiences that I can choose from. Maybe a challenge I will have in this essay will be more directed towards my ability to function with technology. I am really excited about this essay, I really enjoy any assignment that lets me express my creative part, rather than an essay that Is strictly formal. I have many stories to speak about, and am excited to share that with the class!


February 5th, 2018

Summary to Alexa Tapia’s response for Feb, 5th:


In Alexa’s review, her main point and opinion was exactly the same as mine. Our main point would be that in the article by Garnette Cadogan, the author’s main point was that in Jamaica all people were scared to walk down the streets because of the violence and gangs found around those areas, but, in New Orleans people were scared of Garnette because he was colored. So the major difference is that he was discriminated against because of his color while in Jamaica everyone was scared to walk alone. We both agreed that this is an issue faced by many colored people in the world, a stigma that has to go away because it is disrespectful. Alexa included her own latino roots ( I also have latino roots), and explained how colored people and latinos receive the same stigmas. Again, Alexa’s main point in the Unscene article was the same as mine. The social class system is a taboo subject that many people refuse to confront, therefore, we do not see a change.