It Has Taken Me Years to Understand What it Means to be Latino

It Has Taken Me Years to Understand What it Means to be Latino

When I was growing up in Puerto Rico, the term Latino did not make much sense to me. Back then, I was me, a kid from Barceloneta (in northern Puerto Rico) who went to Catholic school and loved to play baseball. Outside of a few childhood trips to Disney World, I had never spent significant […]

When My Anxiety is High and I Need to Put Things into Perspective...

“You’ve got to stay in your lane.” Close eyes. “Focus on what you have to do and not on what everyone else is doing.” Take deep breath. “You’ve got to have tunnel vision, if you want to be great.” Exhale. “Now. Down, set…and pop!” After my UCF track career, these are some of the reminders […]

Want Preschoolers to Become Successful? Allow Them to Play More

I work in a field where play reigns supreme. I’m an early childhood educator. I have studied the research and know how children learn best. Yet, I watch curriculums and policies being written that stifle the learning of our youngest citizens in preschool. They are being asked to learn things beyond their capabilities. Teachers are […]

Experiencing Goodness in the Midst of Challenge

As a resident of Orlando, I share the following thoughts on my recent Hurricane Irma experience with these acknowledgments: I did not experience housing damage beyond some lost shingles and minor water entry in a bedroom; our family lost power for about 36 hours and we were able to stay with family in the meantime; […]

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A Bold Move

A bold move by UCF. 30,000 jobs. And billions in economic development. The only project of its kind. Some call it a game changer. We call it a medical city. With research, hospitals and a College of Medicine…we’re transforming and savings lives. I’m Rick Walsh, UCF Class of ’77.