Dear English Majors

The hardest part of being an English major is not having support from your own Alma Mater. I was an undergraduate senior student at Cal State Channel Islands University when I submitted my first non-fiction story to their infamous literary magazine entitled “The Island Fox.” I felt a little apprehensive before turning in this piece that was about one of my favorite memories of visiting my grandparents in Mexico because the English professor running it was not a fan of me. In fact, she told me that I would NEVER make it as a writer, which made me contemplate dropping … Continue reading Dear English Majors

Why Not Now?

During my residency, I took a class entitled, “Rewriting and Revision,” with Colette Freedman. One quote that has stuck with me from that class (after a random tangent) was “Forties is where it’s at! It’s the best age to be because you don’t care what people think of you. You don’t give a fuck.” At age twenty-two, almost twenty-three getting to the point of your life where “you don’t care about what people think of you” is light years away. I thought by now my obsession with body image would fade, but it’s the same. The only thing that’s different … Continue reading Why Not Now?

Are You There? It’s Me Kiki

Hi, friends, fans, and stalkers, I took a couple of months off from writing, particularly blogging. I had to take the time to evolve as a human being and a writer, mostly human being. The person who posted six months ago is not the same as the one writing this post right now. In fact, I’m officially a graduate student (youngest one in my cohort) and new front desk receptionist of my university. I also gained a whole new perspective on life and it’s pretty damn optimistic. You guys are probably excited to hear my two-sense on things and my … Continue reading Are You There? It’s Me Kiki

Hypersexualized and Racially Offensive Costumes are Expectional

Dressing up for Halloween confines me, a woman, into one exceptional standard, hypersexualized. For a nerd like myself, I don’t feel comfortable displaying too much. It is indeed ironic coming from the generation that brought back crop tops-a small shirt that exposes stomach midsection, best worn with high-waisted shorts. It’s easier for you to say, wear a costume that isn’t too hypersexualized, but it doesn’t feel too great having guys give attention to those who do follow that standard. Unfortunately, we live in a society where sex sells; however looks can be deceiving. Makeup can make anyone appear like a model … Continue reading Hypersexualized and Racially Offensive Costumes are Expectional

Beauty Standards Instilled at A Young Age

I can’t tell you exactly what my job is for confidentiality purposes; however, it does involve working with kids. I feel responsible for what they learn inside and outside the classroom. Although outside the classroom is beyond my control.   On Friday I decided to hide my hair inside a hat and wear no makeup. The whole week was draining, and I wasn’t motivated enough to curl my hair and take the time to do my makeup perfectly. I also felt upset about someone who isn’t worth discussing.  While I was at work, a student came up to me and … Continue reading Beauty Standards Instilled at A Young Age