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NaNoWriMo V.2.0

(Keren Nathalie Urrutia) Permanent link

Hello all!

I hope you are ready for a new week. I'm not looking forward to the cold, but it is what it is :( ... Don't get sick! I think I'm already catching a cold unfortunately. 

As you know, I'm an aspiring writer. I really love to write papers, short stories, novels, blogs, anything! And I have taken English classes each semester since I started taking credit classes at MC. During the summer, I took a Creative Writing class, and currently, I'm taking an Honors Creative Writing Tutorial, which have contributed to my writing greatly.

Some of you who have been reading my blog for a while (hey bestie <3) know that last year I participated in the National November Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) competition. This competition is designed to help writers to finish a complete novel during the month of November. The basis of the contest is that you have to write daily without worrying about the details of your novel but the quantity of words that you write daily. The goal is to write a 50,000 words novel in a month. 

Last year, I participated in the contest for the first time, and I wrote a grand total of 45,500 words. I was short on the final goal, but I was having a million other things going on (as usual) and was unable to achieve the goal. My novel was really good though. I have actually made great advances since then and what I've learned in my classes have helped me to make it more interesting. I had a huge motivation on finishing the novel in a month thanks to the contest (they would send me reminders every day and week to keep me on track), and even though I didn't write the 50,000 words, my novel was better than I expected.

This year, I submitted my second novel and started writing already. I doubt I'll be able to get as many as 40,000 words as I have way too many things going on this semester, but I do want to attempt to write something worth it. The NaNoWriMo competition allows me to ask fellow writers for feedback and their tips are very helpful. I also get to interact with people that like to write, so that helps to keep me motivated and write even when I don't have time or energy to do it. It's great to know that so many other people are attempting to finish their novels, and it is comforting to know that there are people that can offer their help when I'm struggling. 

So, we'll see how my novel goes this year. I'll do my best, but school is my main focus so far. People who like to write should definitely consider this competition. Let me tell you, it really helps with your writing!

See ya next week :) 

DREAM Act Referendum

(Keren Nathalie Urrutia) Permanent link

Considering the fact that elections are coming up next week and that I recently changed my major to Political Sciences/International Studies, I've been thinking a lot about how politics influence life so much that we don't even notice anymore.

One of the things that have made me think about it lately is the fact that many of my friends are becoming more interested in the outcomes of the elections because they will be affected by them. Specifically, some of my friends, who unfortunately don't have the documentation to live and work legally in this country, have been greatly affected by the fact that they have to pay higher tuition (out of state tuition) even if they live within the county and graduated from MCPS high schools, which puts a burden on their pockets and lives. 

The election ballot in Maryland is going to contain a series of referendums that relate to certain aspects of the daily life of people living in this state. Among those questions, there is Question 4, which has been more commonly referred as the Dream Act Referendum.

This referendum, in case of getting enough votes, will allow undocumented students to pay in-state tuition at MC and other Maryland colleges and universities making their lives a lot easier and college education more affordable.

The Montgomery College's Board of Trustees actually voted to support the DREAM act back on September, and the college has had many activities to support the referendum.

For example, the Latin Student Union at the TPSS campus set up a table for the past four weeks in which members of the club approached students and urged them to vote and support the question number 4.

Yesterday, the LSU hosted a performance at the Cultural Arts Center, in which Salvadorian poet, actor, and activist Quique Aviles and Musician Manuel Sanchez narrate the story of a DREAMer who came to the US as a teenager and had to struggle to finish high school and attend college. The monologue was based on a real story, and it was a very enjoyable performance that actually made the audience realize of the struggles that young undocumented people have to suffer because they are lacking the legal documentation to succeed in this country. One of my best friends, Karina Velasco, addressed and explained to the audience what the DREAM Act was and how it would help people just like her. I’m so proud of her because she has been one of the people who had done a lot for this cause at the college. I really admire her courage to fight for something that will be part of history, and she’s one of the reasons why I feel so passionate about getting people to vote in favor of this referendum. (Love you Karina!!! <3)

So, I’m using this blog entry, in the name of my friends and other students who would be benefited by this law, to ask you that if you’re qualified to vote during these elections, please vote yes to the Maryland In State Tuition Referendum (QUESTION 4)

 It’s a very important issue and a big part of the student body in MC will actually be impacted by the outcomes of this election.

See you next week!


Meeting with the BoT

(Keren Nathalie Urrutia) Permanent link

Hello everybody!

I had a very interesting and fun evening last night.

As a member of the Student Council, I was invited along with rest of the council to a dinner with the members of the Board of Trustees. It was my third time meeting with them, and as usual, they were very nice and treated us with great respect and were happy to hear what we had to say regarding our student experience and our roles as leaders in our respective campuses.

I had the honor to be in the table with Dr. Pollard, Mr. Priddy, Mr. Knapp, and Dr. Hoffman. During the meeting we discussed how the leadership roles will develop and change according to the new demographic population that the college is receiving every semester and what our role, as student leaders, will influence new students' college experience during their time at Montgomery College. We also talked MC Strategic Plan 2020 which will implement many policies and programs that will give students a better college experience and will great;y influence their academic and student life. We also talked about some issues that currently affect our campuses and that, as the voice of our fellow students, the Student Council and Student Senates at the three campuses are trying to address.

Not only the members of the board were very interested in our insight about these questions and issues, but they emphasized how important students opinions are for them and how they will take in account what we say during those meetings. 

As a student leader, I really appreciate that they take the time to sit with us and talk to us about the things that concerns us, and I really tried to tell them all of the things I've heard in the TP/SS campus that many students have concerns about and that come to the student senate's table because it was a great opportunity for the board to heard what is going on in the campuses.

It was a great experience as usual!

Politics 101

(Keren Nathalie Urrutia) Permanent link

Politics have always had a special place in my life. 

I grew up in a family with a political background that contributed to my passion for this area. And I've always thought that politics are very interesting because they are not stagnant which make them incredibly appealing to me.

That being said, changing my major to Political Sciences/International Studies was not an easy decision. Even though I enjoy reading politics and I usually check the newspaper and watch news channels every day, I never thought that politics would become something I would like to study. I always thought that my ideologies and strong opinions regarding some current issues would cause me not being able to see things from a different perspective than my own and that would negatively influence the way I see politics. I never really thought I could put aside my beliefs and be objective when it comes to see things from the other side or point of view. I never truly considered politics or anything related to it as a possible career until I became engaged with Journalism in this country.

After taking my Intro to Journalism class and write articles that were both objective and factual, I started to understand that I can put aside what I think is right and focus on things that can be backed up with facts. Then, I started getting involved in things like the Student Senate which basically gives you an idea of how government works at a small scale. My experiences working in the Student Senate basically helped me to decide on changing my major, which I officially did at the beginning of this semester. 

This is the first semester I'm taking classes related to  my major, and I love all of them. I've learn a lot about the way politics and government work and I'm looking forward to the rest of the classes and knowledge I will acquire next semester. It's been a long journey for me to actually realize that I want to be involved in politics in some way, but I'm happy with my decision and looking forward to the rest of my experience :)


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