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2012 Year End Review: Part III

This year has been a year of doing things I usually don’t do. It has been stepping more out of my bounds and pushing the boundaries further. It has been a rollercoaster of ups and downs. But that’s life, no?

I won’t lie, my downs have been more “down” than I have experienced in quite some time. I have questioned a lot of what I have done. My resolve, my actions, my everything. I wondered if I was delusional. Along the way I was told a lot of things to pull me back together. I was reassured that some people appreciated what I did. I told myself I have no time to slow down or be sorry for anyone, including me. My first major goal in life is in reach.

In 2013 I will be serving in the internship I wanted to – at the state capitol of California. I came to Sacramento State for this one reason; that’s it. Not for anything else, but the internship that might put me where I want to be. When I finish my internship, I will graduate. I will accomplish the goal that seemed so impossible. I have spent nine years changing majors, and feeling like I am getting no where. There were times I thought I’d never be this close. But now it is here. I will be graduating. I can worry about graduation ceremonies and things that go into that; not classes for next semester, etc.

However, I have applied for graduate school. Hopefully I will get in to get my master’s (fairly quick I hope). We will see how 2013 goes. I will be finishing my term as KSSU Station Manager (maybe), as well as serving on the Board of Directors for Capital Public Radio. I will be a college graduate as well. 2013 has a lot to offer in the way of good. I hope that this relationship is what I’ve been looking for. So far so good. The true adult life is around the corner where I have to get a full time job, pay more bills, etc. I’m excited but not sure what to do. College has been my life. We will see what awaits for me outside. 2013 will be an even greater push out of my boundaries and into a world unknown. We will see if I am ready or not. Just the same, we will see if the world is ready for me. 2012 ended as well as it could have. Fairly according to plan. Hopefully one year from now, 2013 will end with me in a full time job or in grad school…or both.

All of this I wrote for me, moreso than you. However, I hope you find some insight from my life in how to live yours. My message, as it always is, is to live a life where you are happy. We can’t spend too much time wondering about the what if’s and whether we are doing the right things. Just do it. Act. Live. Every so often do what I did here and reflect on where you came from and where you like to be and see if you are accomplishing that. Good luck to you all. I hope nothing but the best for me, as well as you.


Theticals that are Hypo

By: Josue “Josh” Alvarez Mapp

So it is the talk of the town.  For once, a major political candidate has come out in support of the LGBT community with plenty of time for quite a bit of things to go right or wrong.  President Obama coming out and saying that homosexual marriage should be allowed was a milestone.  President Bill Clinton came out showing his support when he was up for re-election, but it went so under the radar because of other issues, and he wasn’t vocal about it really, that it was all brushed under the carpet.  The LGBT community was kind of put off by this I could only think and imagine.  But now we have a candidate whose election can be made or broken strictly on this alone. Read the rest of this entry

Y-Gen At Work

As I start writing this article, it is currently 1:04 AM.  Supposedly it is 61 degrees Fahrenheit outside but it doesn’t feel that – feels a bit warmer.  I am currently working on the job.  What job allows me to write?  Certainly no journalistic job, that’s for sure (I wish it was though, sometimes).  I work on my school campus.  It is one of the few entities that works during the day and night.

I usually spend this time, and my time commuting to and from here, thinking about life and where I am at – via achievements and goals, emotionally, physically, etc.  I wonder how I am personally doing and have I done everything I wanted to do.

The random thought of tonight was on my predecessor.  He was a cool guy, to me.  I can’t say I looked up to him but I did respect him.  We had good times kickin’ it and I had zero complaints.  However, I’ve heard quite a bit of bad as this year has progressed.  The most common complaint is how rude is was to some, if not many, of the groups who volunteer at my work. Read the rest of this entry

On a Quest for God

Growing up, I went to church all the time.  It was the worst.  Why?  Whoever’s idea it was to put kids who already sit through school through one more session of sitting still was rough and lame!  It wasn’t that church itself sucked, or that religion sucked.  It is the weekend!  But I digress… Read the rest of this entry

Happiness Redux

March 30th, 2012 comes to a close.  With it, the close of the California Mega Million drawing and many people’s hopes for a new start, a new lease on life.  All over Facebook and other social networking sites, my friends, and even strangers, tell of dreams dashed against the rocks, as everyone was either dreaming for a piece of the $640 million or the entire pot itself.  If anyone else was like myself, they reached a euphoria just purchasing one (or five, in my case) lottery tickets.  Handing over that one dollar per ticket launched everyone to cloud 9, and everyone soon forgot all the problems and postulated on the “could-be’s.”  But now, it turns into “never will’s.” Read the rest of this entry

In the Pursuit of Happiness…

For whatever reason recently, I have been trying to figure out love and relationships.  It has been the over ruling thought of my mind since I have graduated high school eight years ago.  I like to claim I am a non-emotional person, but I really am.  I try not to show too much in the way of emotions, but my Latino blood boils me to show various emotions that override any stereotypical law of being a man (and therefore not showing emotion) and the fact that I pride myself in having a decent degree of logic engrained in myself.

But still, all in all, I like being in a relationship.  That doesn’t mean I have to always be in one, but I love love.  I love to love and be loved in return.  Pretty sure a good chunk of people on the planet do (or at I would like to naively think so at least). Read the rest of this entry

A Taste of Destiny?

Some people are born with it.  Others can gain it over time.  What is “it”?  Greatness, of course.  History is filled with tales of those who have accomplished great things.  Some of them were like so since they were a child.  Everyone knew they would do something great, it was a matter of time.  Meanwhile, others still accomplished great things even though their childhood did not discern much information towards their future.

In the United States, and possibly most developed countries, everyone wishes and hopes to be their own boss.  People want to do great things so they can live great lives.  As we should all, hopefully, know, not everyone gets to be at the top of the mountain, or even near the top.  We may taste some victory as we accomplish some goals and accolades along the journey of life, but not many will reach the lifestyle they dream, or do what they wish to do.  Read the rest of this entry

Fantastically Fanatical!

Fantastically Fanatical!
By: Josue “Josh” Alvarez Mapp 

It dawned on me the other day that sports fans can be wide and varied.  A fellow student and DJ from my college wrote for KSSU about what fandom is to him.  And I concur.  But aside from that, fans as a whole are widely variant.  There are acceptable and not acceptable things to as a fan, and it all depends on where you live.

Living in Northern California, I naturally am a fan of the Sacramento Kings, San Francisco Giants, and the San Jose Sharks.  As a fan of local teams, that’s fine.  I can either be a fan that will root for the team on TV, or a fan that attends some games, and that is fine.  Or I can go completely  crazy and only wear black and orange outfits that either have “S.F.” on it or “Giants”, etc. etc., and that is also fine.  Really, being a fan of a local team can be anything and it is cool.  The only thing I have to be careful for, is bandwagoning. Read the rest of this entry

I Have a Dream; Don’t Get It Twisted

I Have a Dream; Don’t Get It Twisted 
By: Josue “Josh” Alvarez Mapp 

Generally, the purpose of holidays is for remembrance and celebration, and things of that sort.  We are suppose to remember things we don’t do often and for at least one day of the year, do exactly that in hopes that eventually we remember what we forgot.  Confused yet?

Martin Luther King Jr.’s holiday is a moment for us to pause and reflect on the struggles of the Civil Rights Movement; on the struggles African Americans and other minorities had here in the United States.  We should honor those who stood up for what is right and strive to perpetuate it in our lives and community, and make sure it is never tarnished by bigotry, hate, and other forms of racism. Read the rest of this entry

What Went Wrong in America’s Game of the Week 10/16/2011

What Went Wrong in America’s Game of the Week?
The Patriots vs. The Cowboys – A Match-up That Could Have Gone the Other Way

So as always, my morning kicks off in reminiscing and reading some NFL news.  Today’s article that piqued my interest was about the Cowboys vs Patriots.  For those who don’t know what happened, simply go look at  There’s tons of videos showing what happened.  But you should get the gist from this article.

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