As I get older, time seems to go by both quickly and slowly. So many days feel as though they’re dragging on and on, yet weeks fly by without any warning. When I first started at Alma Latina Online Magazine on May 28, 2018, this concept became even crazier to me.


On the first day of work, when Alma was explaining how the rest of the summer would pan out, it seemed as though we had so much time to get everything done. She told us that we would have the weeks of the Canada Day and Civic Holiday long weekends off, and at the time it felt like those were so far away. Somehow, those weeks off came and went, every goal we set out to complete has been accomplished, and here we are at the finish line. On May 28, August 31 might as well have sounded like 2019, yet we’re here. And it really is not sinking in.


My first experience with the Canada Summer Jobs program was the summer of 2017, when I worked at a corporate office as a Data Entry Clerk. This experience was so vital for me as a teenager, as I got a glimpse into what it meant to work at a business and follow strict guidelines. However, as great as that job was, I feel that my time this summer in the Canada Summer Jobs program at Alma Latina has taken me to another level. To be able to work in Durham Region, in a job that falls into my field of study, has been an invaluable experience.


With Alma Latina, I took part in my first ever Networking Breakfast, had my first and second experiences with using a sound booth to record a podcast, and created diverse content that has helped me develop as a student and a journalist. I have met so many amazing people who are doing fantastic things, and most importantly, I got to learn so much about Latinx culture that I don’t know if I would have been able to otherwise.

After 22 articles, 16 meetings and countless memories and experiences gained, all I can think to say at this point is Thank You. Thank you to everyone who made the time to meet with me for interviews on important topics and to anyone who encouraged me to pursue different opportunities. I would also like to thank the facilitators of the Canada Summer Jobs program for this opportunity. And of course, last but most certainly not the least, I would like to thank my editor, Alma Sandoval Betancourth, for making me feel as though I was working with her, and not just for her. I truly have met very few people as humble and passionate as Alma, and I will always treasure our memories of going off-topic for hours over coffee!


I cannot wait to see how far Alma Latina Online Magazine continues to grow, and I hope to continue to take part in this growth however I can.