Author: Micaela Hoffman

Entrepreneurship worldwide

Haiti and the Dominican Republic share space on the island of Hispaniola, which is positioned on a geological nightmare. I’m sure you remember when Haiti was hit by a massive magnitude 7 earthquake in 2010, which released energy equivalent to 199,000 tons of TNT. But I remember it for something quite different: startups. For all that you see when you search Haiti on Google for the first time, I must say that it truly is a shocking misrepresentation. My visits and involvement there have given me a new perspective. Although Haiti is still largely without reliable electricity and water,...

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Building for the world versus building for locals

In San Antonio we have an awesome festival every fall called Luminaria that just finished up this past weekend. It is a night dedicated to the arts, and it’s completely free, and in the usual San Antonio fashion, very family friendly. I was moved by a play entitled “Sanctuary,” and confused by some more avant-garde art that I am not sophisticated enough to understand. It is held downtown, at Hemisfair Park, and as I walked through the paths of stone, I remembered what it was like just a few years ago when I was a freshman. It’s amazing how...

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Stress is relative, a frazzled senior realizes

Just before the scariest holiday of the year, something truly terrifying happened to me. I failed a midterm. BOO! Happy Halloween, Mikki! Even when the truth is right in front of me, I keep denying, justifying and looking around hoping I’m not the only one — but sometimes, we just have to admit that we suck at some things. And boy, was it rough. I am being real with you right now, I thought I was kinda smart but this midterm season has got me humbled. My confidence levels? Sunk. Anxiety pains? Spiking. Maybe I should be doing something...

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Dreaming about better legislation

With the Oct. 5 date behind us-the last day for DACA renewals-there has been a lot of buzz about what Congress will do. They have five months before deportations begin. Six different bills of legislation are being considered; here’s what you need to know. The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act is a bipartisan bill known also as the Graham-Durbin bill after its proposal by Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill. It offers a path to citizenship for the Dreamers that arrived in the United States before the age of 18, have been here...

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My Trinity family tree

It’s family weekend, which means a lot of parents are on campus — upperclassmen flee while first-years welcome Mom and Dad into the dorms hesitantly, shoving piles of dirty clothes into the corners of their closets. Mabee overflows with families clad in maroon and white. It can be weird to see parents after being surrounded by teen and twenty-something students for so long. I know many students look forward to leaving home for the first time, but I was different. It was a challenge for me to leave the comfort of my home, going to a place I wasn’t...

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