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The inside of the box represents me because it has images on the back wall of me and family/friends. These represent me because I care and love my family and friends deeply. I also added a campsite in my box because I enjoy camping and nature because you can disconnect from social media and the outside world. To continue, I put a picture of UC Davis and animal statues because since I was a young I’ve always loved animals and I’ve always wanted to be either a veterinarian, zoologist, and/or a animal biologist; furthermore I want to attend school at UC Davis. I also added quotes and pictures of girl power because girls need to hold and take power in this world and fight for rights we should have. The final thing I added inside was a picture of a plane because I love to travel and one of my dreams is to travel most or all of the world because I like to see new cultures so I can find myself and what I like from other peoples home country. The outside of the box represents stereotypes people might think of me because red and blue are gang colors and as African American and a Latina people think that people like me belong in a gang. On top of the colors on the box I added photos of someone smoking and a gun. I added those two images because people assume that Latinos and African Americans always smoke or have a gun on them which are just stereotypes and just judgements based off of some people. On the back side of my box I added a bright pink paper with girl-like stereotypes on it, such as make-up, skinny girls and salads. I decided to add the following things because everyone thinks that a girl’s favorite color is pink. It’s been a stereotype forever and it continues to this day, for example at baby showers to represent a girl we use pink balloons and for a boy we use blue. That’s unbelievable because one of my favorite colors is blue but that doesn’t make me a boy. To continue, I added all these other feminine stereotypes because people think that girls should be skinny and only eat salads or always wear makeup which makes me sick because I look beautiful with none of that crap on my face and I’m happy the way I am.

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6 Comments
  1. Julien 2 months ago

    Dear Cristina,

    Your shadow box was impressive because you expressed who are yet what you are not. The colors you selected I thought were perfect for the symbols you were trying to convey. The items inside your box were so simple but yet so telling. Everything just expresses you as an individual and that is what I like the most. When you talked about the stereotypes that people place on you I was able to relate because as a Mexican-American people think that I should just go work in fast food for the rest of my life, when in fact I’m just working toward an education. Overall your article go me thinking about just how independent everybody is and that everybody is unique in our own simple way. Great job Cristina!

  2. Adrian 2 months ago

    Christina, I enjoyed reading about your shadow box and was amazed by all the messages it shared about you. I can relate to it because every year my family loves to go camping for the same reason that we want to have a little get away from technology, and spend time with each other. I like how you included a plane to show your love for traveling. It is great that you already have goals set for yourself, UC Davis is a great school and great career choices (veterinarian and zoologist).

  3. Evelin 8 months ago

    Dear Christina,
    I love your shadow box! It looks so creative and original. A part of your paragraph that I like is where you talk about being really close to family and friends, and how you care about them. Something that stood out to me is where you talk about liking camping and being away technology ( I don’t think I can do that). Another one that stood out is wanting to be in UC Davis! I find it really nice how you want to study about animals, and become a veterinarian. Something I want to point out is the girl power I think is super cool to point out, I totally agree with you. I also agree with you on thesterepytpes and being latina. Keep it up, hope seeing more of your hard work!

  4. Kenya 8 months ago

    Dear Christina,
    I really enjoyed seeing all the details and objects that you incorporated on your box. Your box clearly shows who you are as a person and what you like. I think that you did a very great job with all the colors and details on your box. God job on your project it was honestly really beautiful!
    Sincerely,
    Kenya Sanchez

  5. Jose 8 months ago

    Dear, Christina

    I like your shadow box because it shows on your little essay that you like nature, and exploring the world. And I can see that you have a dream school and that is a goal you would like to meet some day for you can be a zoologist or vetnerania.

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      Christina 5 months ago

      Dear Jose, Thank you for enjoying my shadow box; I tried really hard on it so i’m happy you enjoyed. I also liked your shadow box and how you keeped it true to you

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