“I always wanted to be a mental health therapist. Ever since high school, I’ve enjoyed encouraging people and giving them hope. But I lost my way. I got caught in a world of addiction. I lost ten years of my life to drugs. I stopped when I became pregnant with my child, but by that time it was too late to go back to school. I started working as an office manager. I never completely lost my dream. But I just put it on a shelf for thirty years. Then five years ago I took it off the shelf. I heard a lady in my choir talking about how she enrolled in community college. I drove there the very next day. I was so nervous when I filled out the application. I was so nervous the first day of class. All the old voices were telling me: ‘You never finish anything.’ But I said ‘fuck you’ to the old voices. And I started getting A’s. On my first test, I got the only perfect score in the class. I graduated at the age of 50. I got my Masters at 55. And just last night I completed a mental health first aid course. I’m so close now. There’s still fear there. I used to be afraid of it never happening. Now I’m afraid of it happening. The old voices try to come back sometimes. They tell me: ‘You can rest,’ or ‘You’ve earned a break.’ But I’m not stopping this time. Somebody out there is waiting for me to finish because they need my help.”
Reference: Humans of New York
On Tuesday, October 11, 2016, the Club de Ciencias y Matemáticas: Ciencénit held the competition “Spelling Bee: Math and Science”. The same counted with the participation of 17 students from 10th, 11th and 12th grade.
The first three positions were occupied as follows:
First place: Derek Aguayo, Aircraft Mechanic Program.
Second place: Bryant López, Food Preparation Program.
Third place: Christian, Electricity Program.
The editorial board of the Club de Ciencias y Matemáticas: Ciencénit, appreciate the collaboration of the teacher Álida Barbosa-Badillo (spelling master), school counselor Yehlitza Cuevas, teacher Cruz (conversational English teacher) and miss (substitute teacher) who served as a scorekeeper.
By: Gabriel J. Vázquez Badillo
Puerto Rico has an endemic bat! As well as indicated in a research entitled: “Integrating multiple evidences in taxonomy: species diversity and phylogeny of mustached bats”, by: Ana Carolina Pavan, a Brazilian scientist.
The International Bat Research Conference, in South Africa, confirmed that the bat Pteronotus p. Parnell is the only one of its kind in the Caribbean who lives in Puerto Rico and in the Mona Island. According to Dr. Armando Rodríguez Durán, general coordinator of the Program for Bats Conservation in Puerto Rico and Professor at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico at Bayamón, 13 species of bats that live in Puerto Rico have four vital functions: controlling pests such as the mosquito Aedes aegypti, pollinate, disperse seeds (including endemics) and be the Puerto Rican boa food.
Each species has features and proprietary life cycles. For example, the Ali-oscuro bat can live in abandoned spaces in urban areas, “el casero” on the roofs of wooden houses, “el frutero común” hanging from trees with a harem, while “el frutero” or Puerto Rico native is more reclusive. But unlike others, the “bigotudo menor”, the smallest species of Puerto Rico, lives in the most deep and warm caves, and comes out earlier than the rest to find insects to eat; the “pescador”, which is the largest in Puerto Rico, fly over bodies of water to feed mainly on fish. Its diet is varied, since it also consumes insects, crabs and scorpions.
Arguinzoni Rivera, A. (23 de octubre de 2016). Confirman que existe un murciélago puertorriqueño. El Nuevo Día.