My whole entire life is on technology. My laptop is home to thousands of memories from pictures to old drafts of stories, my phone is everything from my to-do list to tracking my spending for the month. So, it just seemed like common sense to have everything I would need for my PhD on those two devices… right?
I use my phone more so than my laptop at times and recently was discussing with some friends what apps have come in handy during my PhD journey. Here are some of my favorites -
It wasn’t until I moved to a country where I meet very few Latinas that I became extremely proud of my roots. Don’t get me wrong, I was proud to be from Puerto Rico and Mexico before I moved to New Zealand or Australia… but being Latinx in a country that constantly puts down your people was exhausting. If it wasn’t politicians on the news griping about “those illegals,” it was the whispers you heard as people talked about Latin America in a disparaging way - my ex’s father once said I was a “good Mexican” because we came over legally, I hadn’t gotten pregnant as a teenager, and I hadn’t gotten in trouble with the law.
I’ve talked about my past struggles with mi Latinidad and how my parents tried to help us ‘blend in’ with American kids by speaking English to us and making sure we dressed “appropriately” so nobody would fault us for our Hispanic last name(s). C and I have been discussing our future and I’ve been reflecting on some of the ways that I want to expose my kids to the Latinx culture in a country that sorely lacks it.
Hi! I'm Melissa, an Australian-based Latina science educator, podcaster, and freelance writer. I spend a lot more time on Instagram and Twitter, but blogging is my first love. Thanks for stopping by — I hope you stay a while.
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