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I did it! I graduated! Thank you, friends, for joining me on my Senior Year journey through my blogs this past year. This year has definitely been a whirlwind to say the least... As some of you may remember, I started my year with my internship with the communications team... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2016 at Jillian's Blog
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Hello! Remember me? After several all-nighters and quality time in the library, I made through finals! And, I made it through some very exciting senior send-offs, ceremonies, and the creation of my graduation cap (see photo above--I'm very proud of my craft skills tonight). Big shout-outs and "thank yous" go... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2016 at Jillian's Blog
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Week 10 is upon us, friends... Gasp! The horror! And with Week 10 comes the dreaded season of finals! Cue the scary music. While Week 10 may not be considered the finals week, it is most definitely the week you need to start studying and preparing if you have yet... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2016 at Jillian's Blog
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Ask college students what May Day is about and they might tell you "free food and swag." And, that is definitely a component of it! DUPB shows off a cookie dough cupcake (Photo by DU Programming Board) Monday: Even clouds, rain, and chilly temperatures couldn't keep the DU community from... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2016 at Jillian's Blog
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Puke, trash, assorted scum... It's not even funny to think about all the mess that students create each and every day.What's less funny is that they often forget about the people who clean up after them and keep this campus pristine. And, quite often, when they do see someone cleaning,... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2016 at Jillian's Blog
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Best friend, twin, partner-in-crime... The number of words I could use to describe my mother is endless. Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there! This is the day we celebrate you and all the special moments we have shared together as mother and child. Like many of your... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2016 at Jillian's Blog
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Definitely ran a marathon this weekend, just as the title states. Joking! Sorry to disappoint and mislead you, friends... Just because the race is called the "Colorado Marathon," doesn't mean there aren't other race options. Instead of running the marathon for which the race is named, I ran the 10k... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2016 at Jillian's Blog
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Lengua (beef tongue) and cordero (lamb) tacos Taco Tuesday is overrated. Clearly, Taco Friday is where it's at! Not like Taco Friday is really a thing anywhere... But, that still didn't stop us from indulging in chips, guacamole, tacos, margaritas last night during happy hour. I consider myself a fan... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2016 at Jillian's Blog
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About six years ago, a group of DU students came together to create non-profit known as Project Ava. The purpose of Project Ava is to voice the stories and experiences of a diverse group of people through a multitude of media platforms. On their website you can find videos and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2016 at Jillian's Blog
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Thanks to the DU Latino Center for Community Engagement and Scholarship and department of Media, Film & Journalism at DU, I had the opportunity to meet and speak with award-winning National Public Relation international correspondent Lourdes Garcia-Navarro about journalism, issues surrounding diversity, and the Latinx identity. Needless to say, as... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2016 at Jillian's Blog
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Parachute at Denver's Gothic Theatre Since January Eanice and I have been waiting to Parachute in concert at the Gothic Theatre. Actually, we've been waiting for this concert for about three years. Sadly, each time they have come through Denver, we haven't known about it until the last minute or... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2016 at Jillian's Blog
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Andrea Gibson performing their poetry for the 2016 DU Sexual Assault Awareness Summit It's a Thursday night, a little past 7 o'clock, and audience members in DU's Davis Auditorium. Minutes pass and we begin to wonder where the speaker of the night is... But, suddenly, they arrive. "I can feel... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2016 at Jillian's Blog
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"Why, for you, is climate justice a racial justice issue," DU Divest member and panel moderator Lori Scott asked guest speakers on Wednesday night. Silence creaked across the room as each panelist paused to think about how their work with the environment intersects affects traditionally marginalized communities and populations. As... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2016 at Jillian's Blog
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The auditorium lights go out. The stage lights brighten. And, the audience is welcomed by the MC of the night, Sal Ramirez, to the DU Sigma Lambda Beta (SLB) chapter's 7th Annual Stallion Stroll Off. In front of the stage, there are approximately 10 different multicultural Greek sororities and fraternities... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2016 at Jillian's Blog
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Okay, friends, after celebrating my birthday this weekend I came down with a nasty cold. Therefore, I have been holed up in my room these last few days with my Tylenol Cold & Flu, Gatorade, and blankets. the only reasons I have emerged are for Walgreens and class--today was the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2016 at Jillian's Blog
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Gave the Easter bunny a hand in putting together an Avengers-themed basket for my friend The year I was born, Easter fell a week after my birthday. Obviously I was not old enough to remember it, but there are pictures with me beside a chocolate bunny (a yearly tradition from... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2016 at Jillian's Blog
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So... We went three years without one snow... And, then, this year, we have two! What are the chances?! Our most recent snow day (which was today) happened on our third day of Spring Quarter. Maybe you're thinking, "Oh blizzards in March don't seem too out of the ordinary." Well,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2016 at Jillian's Blog
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Sedona at sunset (photo by Jillian Martinez) "It's like Garden of the Gods on steroids," said my mother when describing Sedona, AZ, to my aunt tonight. Can't even argue with that. Everywhere we looked in Sedona there were red rocks, red hills, and red dirt. For two days and a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2016 at Jillian's Blog
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After a full day of driving and a night's stay in Santa Fe, NM, my family and I made it to Arizona. Despite only being 10-12 hours away from Colorado, my mom and I had never been to the Grand Canyon state. And, none of us (mom, dad, and I)... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2016 at Jillian's Blog
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Alejandro and I taking a quick selfie at our Morgridge Accepted Students Day last month Winter Quarter has come to an end--which means only one more quarter/three classes stand in the way of me and graduation! Can you tell I'm excited? Can you tell that I have a really bad... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2016 at Jillian's Blog
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In high school, I looked forward to the homecoming dance every year (prom was a close second my junior and senior year). Picking out a dress, getting to go a nice restaurant for dinner, bouncing around as cheesy music played in the background, and massaging my feet from those darn... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2016 at Jillian's Blog
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Goodbye outdoor ice rink! See you next winter! Welcome to Colorado where we get snow on Monday night and the weather is up to 70 degrees by Saturday. Hard to believe February hasn't ended yet, and I am wearing sandals. That's right, this Colorado girl has pulled out her Birkenstocks.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2016 at Jillian's Blog
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Dear Special People in My Life, Thank you for bringing a smile to my face these last few days... This past month has been filled with laughter, tears, anxiety, disappointment, and many much-needed naps. Between the schoolwork, multiple jobs on/off campus, my personal life, and trying to get into grad... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2016 at Jillian's Blog
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What's this picture doing here? Hint: It's part of my future As you may remember, I am in my last year of undergrad at DU. That's scary. I'm three and a half months away from graduation, and the future is still a little fuzzy... Last week, I went up to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2016 at Jillian's Blog
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The last time the Denver Broncos won the Super Bowl was in 1998 when I was four years old... To this day, my dad still had his Wheaties box with John Elway sitting in our pantry! After a devastating loss to the Seattle Seahawks two years ago, we weren't sure... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2016 at Jillian's Blog