Lalo Vera (@ladislaovera)
#DearG19 , Believe it or not, I really appreciated my time with you all this year. You are a curious and passionate bunch who are aware of the many issues that plague the world and want to do something about it. I feel that with focus, discipline, and sustained effort no matter the challenges, you will have what you need to be great leaders at school and in these communities. If there is one thing I hope you walked away with this summer, it’s the fact that you matter, you are powerful, and you have the ability to improve society. I hope that you recognize your greatness, that you have deep self-love and confidence in yourself, that you know the only person you should compete with is you. I also want you to remember that kindness matters. This is not a concept that society pushes on young people. The media pushes you violence, fear, and division, it makes coming at each other humorous and entertaining. But we have to get into the habit of building each other up. We have to work hard to counteract all the negative imagery we see about ourselves by being kind and supportive of each other, by congratulating each other and pushing each other towards positive goals. Love each other. Remember to take a deep breath, or two, or ten when you need to center yourself. Remember our affirmations and create some of your own to get you focused, grounded, and through each day. You are indeed made of love, hope, and joy, and it is my aspiration that you let that shine through you to others. I know I haven’t been the sweetest these last few days as I’ve attempted to prepare for my finals, but over the summer I’ve tried to model compassion and understanding. I hope you recognized that. I hope it rubbed off on you. I love each, and every one of you; even the ones that are loud at 4am, or barely came out rooms, even the ones whose phones that died where I had to wake you up, or the ones that TRIED to get smart with me, even the ones that came to me with allll their problems, and even all the rest of goofy heads. Yes, I love you all. I can’t explain how much I enjoyed hearing your thoughts, your ponderings, and your passion in GROUPS 19. You will be the ones to change things because
“We age not by years, but by stories.”✍️ Surround yourself with those who bring out the best in you, not the stress in you.❌ Blood makes you related💉, loyalty makes you family.🤞 People definitely think we’re weird🤓,but I can’t really see another squad tryna cross us.🙅♂️ Thank you for making me laugh, Hermanos💯. 💛⚜️Para Simpre ⚜️💛
Today I will be a contestant in this year’s Mr. GPhiO. Come out tonight from 7-9pm in Hodge Hall 1055 to see me in the pageant. Help me get to my goal of raising the most funds to be eligible for crowd favorite. Any financial awards will do, just add in my name, ‘Lalo Vera,’ in the description section of the GoFundMe page. Support the cause of HIV/AIDS awareness, and your favorite contestant (Me😂) by clicking the link in my bio!