“Despacito… blah, blah, blah”

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s song “Despacito” featuring Justin Bieber is the number one song on Billboard’s Hot 100 these past four weeks. The original song was already in the top Latin charts, however this version didn’t include Bieber. The first version of the song features Daddy Yankee and the entire song is sung in Spanish, while the second one does include Bieber who brings … Continue reading “Despacito… blah, blah, blah”

Graduation Deadline

One of my closest friends from high school and community college shared the following link on Facebook titled “ An Open Letter To Those Not Graduating On Time” which made me think about my time at Santa Monica College and at UCLA. The article touches on the idea that taking longer to graduate is something that should not discourage an individual because graduating from college … Continue reading Graduation Deadline

Prompt 16: Self- Reflection Piece

Self-Reflection often leads to self-discovery. What this means is that when one reflects on who they are or what is important to them he or she discovers something new about themselves. I think about this in relation to journaling. This week take a few minutes to write down ten things that make you smile, five people you can not live without, and one thing you … Continue reading Prompt 16: Self- Reflection Piece

The Epistolary Genre

I have enjoyed writing handwritten letters ever since I was kid, but I never knew that there was a genre for letter writing called the epistolary genre. This quarter I am taking English M138 – Topics in Creative Writing: Letters and Letter Writing where we discuss epistolary fiction in different works and our own. I conducted the following interview with Professor Hollander to briefly discuss … Continue reading The Epistolary Genre

Kendrick Lamar’s ‘DAMN.’

Kendrick Lamar is back at it again with his fourth album “DAMN.”  This album discusses the themes of wickedness and weakness, lust and love, and it centers on the complexity of contradictions that Lamar feels. He writes about important issues such as racism, equality, media, fame and so forth. His lyrics allow readers to gain an insight on how Kendrick feels in regards to his success as well … Continue reading Kendrick Lamar’s ‘DAMN.’


Fitness Improvement Training through Exercise and Diet or [FITTED]  is a student- initiated, student-run program in the Community Programs Office that provides a holistic approach to health, and offers free fitness and free education services. I interviewed Eve Lahijani who is the registered dietitian for [FITTED] Eats to find out more about this free service. What is the history of [FITTED] EATS? Eve: [FITTED] EATS used to … Continue reading [FITTED] EATS

The Consequences of Labeling

I remember the police officer saying, “she must be a disappointment to her mother” and “these kids are always getting into trouble”. I started getting into trouble in middle school and I think it was because I didn’t have good communication with my family and often felt lonely. Getting into trouble was a cool thing to do like you were a badass until you were … Continue reading The Consequences of Labeling

Living With Your Sister In College

“You’re living with your sister?” I don’t know how many people choose to live with their siblings, especially in college. However, when I mentioned this to people they were surprised. Some even said, “Are you sure you want to do that?” My sisters and I have shared a room for years. I only questioned it once and then laughed because I thought it was silly … Continue reading Living With Your Sister In College

Prompt 10: Childhood Memory

It might be an easy task to do or not. Let’s take it back to our childhood, in particular a room or a place where you had a good or bad experience. Describe the room or place and reflect on why this moment from your childhood is vivid. You have until the next prompt is posted the following week to write your response. You may submit your writing by: Posting … Continue reading Prompt 10: Childhood Memory