Latina Smart Scholarship Fund

Are You Latina Smart?

Watch the video to find out


Want a chance to win $10,000 for your education? “The Latina Smart Fund, powered by Kmart, is awarding $25,000 in scholarships to students.  If you are between 16-22 years old then you have until October 31st to enter! Here are the official contest rules:

“OK, this is how the Latina Smart Fund scholarship contest works. First you sign-up and then you submit an essay of up to 1000 words or a video up to 2 minutes answering the topical question. We want you to be creative, be inspiring and most importantly, be yourself! Once everyone has sent in their submissions, the top 50 entries will be selected based on the amount of votes received. If multiple entries are tied for 50th spot, all entries involved in that tie will move on to the judging phase. Then our Latina Smart Ambassadors (Blogueras) will rate the 50 finalists based on the following criteria:

  • ORIGINALITY — How unique and creative is the essay/video?
  • RELEVANCY TO THE THEME — How well was the question answered?
  • STYLE — How well was the applicant’s personality portrayed? Is the entry well written in terms of grammar and is it easy to understand?
  • ENTHUSIASM — How much does the applicant believe the scholarship will benefit her?
  • ENGAGEMENT — How compelling is the entry? Did it make you want to keep reading/watching?

The Blogueras’ Top 20 selections will be then shared with the judge’s panel. If there’s a tie — the Blogueras will break it. Who are the judges you ask — well, they are a selected group of trusted experts in their fields of creativity, business and education.

The judges will then announce the winners around December 7th, 2011. And for the prizes — the winners will get:

  • One Grand Prize Winner will receive a $10,000 Scholarship
  • Three Prize Winners will receive a $5,000 Scholarship

That’s it – Pretty simple right? Just tell us what makes you Latina Smart and you could be on your way to some free money – and we think that’s pretty Latina Smart of you!”

Click here to enter for your chance to win!


Save the Tatas!!!

Every October the world is painted pink to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s that time of year which we acknowledge and support the survivors, fighters and angels. The Susan G. Komen for the Cure® is the leading organization in the fight against breast cancer. Listed below are some steps you can take to stay proactive about your breast health.


Breast Self-Awareness

Except for skin cancers, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, but it can be successfully treated. Screening tests can find cancer early, when it’s most treatable.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure® recommends that you:

1. Know your risk 

  • Talk to your family to learn about your family health history
  • Talk to your provider about your personal risk of breast cancer

2. Get screened

  • Ask your doctor which screening tests are right for you if you are at a higher risk
  • Have a mammogram every year starting at age 40 if you are at average risk
  • Have a clinical breast exam at least every 3 years starting at age 20, and every year starting at age 40

3. Know what is normal for you
See your health care provider if you notice any of these breast changes:

  • Lump, hard knot or thickening inside the breast or underarm area
  • Swelling, warmth, redness or darkening of the breast
  • Change in the size or shape of the breast
  • Dimpling or puckering of the skin
  • Itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple
  • Pulling in of your nipple or other parts of the breast
  • Nipple discharge that starts suddenly
  • New pain in one spot that doesn’t go away

To see illustrations of these warnings signs please visit the Breast Facts section.

4. Make healthy lifestyle choices

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Add exercise into your routine
  • Limit alcohol intake
  • Limit postmenopausal hormone use
  • Breastfeed, if you can

How to do a Self-Exam

Not only is it important to stay healthy, commit to an active lifestyle, and know your risk, but it is also important to be proactive. As women, we should get into the habit of conducting a monthly self exam. Here are the steps:

Get Involved!

Here are some ways you can support the fight against breast cancer:

1) Spread awareness by organizing an campus event
2) Attend an event on campus or through the Susan G. Komen For the Cure (Click here for events page)
3) Purchase merchandise with the pink ribbon logo. A percentage of the proceeds support breast cancer research. Click here for the ShopKomen Store (Beware of scams. Always ask if you are unsure).
4) Make a monetary donation here
5) Always support the fight against breast cancer all year round.
Do you know a breast cancer survivor, fighter or angel? Share you stories below and let’s continue the fight to eliminate cancer once and for all!


President Obama wants you to graduate!

Obama urges college students to graduate in back-to-school speech


President Barack Obama delivered his third annual back-to-school speech to high school students Wednesday, but college students may also want to take notes from his message.

“Just getting into college isn’t enough,” Obama said in his speech at Banneker High School. “You need to graduate.”

Obama said the United States is ranked sixteenth in the world for the number of young people with college degrees. He urged students to continue their education after they graduate high school.

“The fact of the matter is that sixty percent of jobs in the next decade will require more than a high school diploma,” he told the students. “That’s the world you’re walking into.”

Banneker’s principal Anita Berger enjoyed Obama’s speech and agreed that college graduation is an important topic. According to Berger, Banneker High School currently has a 100 percent college acceptance rate. But the principal said just getting into college isn’t enough.

“It’s not only about being accepted to college, but being able to finish college,” Berger said. “And we need to make sure that happens.”

Most college dropouts leave school because of financial burdens. According to a report released by Public Agenda in 2009, having to work and make money while in school is the number one reason young adults leave colleges and universities. The second largest reason is that they can’t afford tuition and fees.

Obama only mentioned his efforts at making college affordable one time during his speech. Instead of discussing students’ financial obligations, Obama touched on students’ academic responsibilities.

(Article by: Alyssa McLendon for )

Read the full story here

Coffee can fight depression?

Women who had four or more cups a day were 20% less likely to suffer mood disorder ;))

Trying to cut down on your coffee habit? Well, you might not have to.

We all know people who literally cannot function in the morning until their first sip of Java. I know for me, freshly brewed coffee helps me get out of bed. Over the years coffee has acquired a bad name. We have heard things like, ‘coffee stunts you growth’  and other myths. Yet, despite bad reports, coffee lovers constantly return to their pot of Joe; and that may be a good thing.

A new study, which has been published in the Sept. 26th issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, states “Researchers have probed caffeine’s effect on heart health, markers of inflammation and cancer (generally the effects are benign or even positive), but there’s been relatively little research into its effects on mood.

What little research has been done has generally found a salubrious effect, with more coffee decreasing depressive symptoms and even being associated with a lower risk of suicide.

“Caffeine has short-term positive effects on mood, subjective feelings of having more energy and being more awake in the short term,” said study senior author Dr. Alberto Ascherio, who is a professor of epidemiology and nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health in Boston.

It seemed natural “to see whether long-term coffee consumption associated with a lower risk of developing depression,” he added.

A relationship between caffeinated coffee and depression does make a certain amount of biological sense, experts say.

“Caffeine is known to affect the release of several neurotransmitters, including dopamine and serotonin, that had been implicated in regulating mood and depression,” said Ascherio, who is also a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.”

Read the full story here


Now, let’s not get carried away. Although this  study boasts coffee’s benefits, there is a lot more research that has to be done. Besides, there are other ways to boost your mood  like exercising, listening to music, or chatting with a friend. Everything in moderation as the saying goes.