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Mon autobiographie


Je m’appelle José Angel Clavell Acosta. Je suis de Ponce, Porto Rico et j’habite à Ponce aussi. Je suis né le cinq octobre. J’ai vingt et un ans. Mon signe astrologique c’est Libra. Physiquement, je suis grand, jeune et noir. J’ai les yeux marron et les cheveux noirs. Moralement, je suis intelligent, patient, sociable, amusant, travailleur, généreux, compréhensif, bien élevé, charmant et sympathique.

J’aime beaucoup le cinéma. J’aime regarder les films d’action, les musicales, mais je préfère les films de science fiction. Mon acteur favori est Will Smith et mon actrice favorite est Julia Roberts. J’aime beaucoup la télévision. J’aime regarder les séries, «anime», les vidéos-clips et la télé-réalité, mais je préfère les séries. Mes programmes favoris sont Glee, House, Merlin et Misfits. J’adore la musique. J’aime toutes sortes de musique, mais je déteste le reggaeton. J’aime le rock en anglais, le rock en espagnol, la musique classique et la salsa. Mes groupes favoris sont Coldplay et Mana. Mes chanteuses favorites sont Christina Perri, Adele et Sara Bareilles. J’aime bien manger. Mes cuisines favorites sont la cuisine portoricaine et l’italienne, mais je préfère la portoricaine.

J’étudie à la Pontifice Université Catholique de Porto Rico. J’étudie la pédagogie musicale et l’anglais. Je suis en quatrième année. Je fais partie du chœur de l’université et de l’Association des étudiants de la musique Mons. Abel Di Marco. Ce semestre, j’ai le cours d’anglais, la pédagogie, les sciences physiques, l’histoire, la philosophie, la théologie et un cours de musique. Je préfère le cours d’anglais et de musique parce qu’ils sont amusants, très intéressants et je peux être créatif. Les deux cours sont également difficiles.

J’ai une petite famille. Nous sommes cinq dans la famille. Mon père s’appelle Angel. Il a soixante-cinq ans. Il est catéchiste. Moralement, il est sociable, compréhensif et enthousiaste. Ma mère s’appelle Gloria. Elle a cinquante-cinq ans et elle est femme au foyer. Moralement, elle est patiente, gentille et passive. Ma sœur s’appelle Glorian et elle a trente-cinq ans. Elle est institutrice d’école primaire. Moralement, elle est sociable, très sincère et amusante. Mon frère s’appelle Angel Antonio et il a trente-trois ans. Il est comptable. Moralement, il est sociable et charmant, mais plus réservé que ma sœur et moi. Généralement je me lève à sept heures du matin pendant la semaine, et je me couche entre minuit et une heure du matin. Je commence l’université avec mon cours de français à huit heures du matin. D’habitude, j’arrive à la classe à l’heure. Pendant le week-end j’aime me reposer, lire, écouter de la musique, regarder des films et partager avec ma famille.


Raindrops falling on my head
Feeling the sound of you again
Counting the raindrops who accompany me
As I go back to that place again

Raindrops fall
As I watch the clouds go by
Close my eyes and count to ten
and listen to the wind sing again

Raindrops falling on my head
Feeling the sound of destiny again
Waiting for the chance to see you
Just as the Rain falls on me again.

Listen to the birds chirp
Listen to the rain fall
Listen to the wind blow
Listen to the wind caress your soul
Listen to my words that the wind only hears
Listen to the world whisper it’s lament
Listen to your soul ache
Listen to yourself…
and love again…

To love once again…


As Torrents In Summer-PUCPR Choir in the Charleston International Choir of Festival April 2011

Fight for your dreams

Time flies… but we don’t have to

As time flies
Things change
We meet new people…
We lose some of the old people…

Laughs begin to fade into memories
Sorrows become more into nightmares
Crushes disappear and new “lovers” ensue..

But for us time may fly
Things may change
Goals may form
Goals get achieved
We will challenge ourself more or
We will challenge ourself less…

But deep in my heart I know
That I don’t want us to change..
on the contrary…
I want us to evolve
I want us to be us
I want you to be yours…

but most of all…
I want to be yours


The Most Important Piece of Career Advice You Probably Never Heard

Guest Post from Study Hacks

Some Advice for the Road

I’m leaving this afternoon to attend a college graduation: my second in three weeks. As you might imagine, graduating is on my mind, and, I would guess, on many of your minds as well. To celebrate the season I thought I would turn my attention to some advice for finding your way after college.

I want to share with you the unique law I use to guide my life. It’s a twist on the standard graduation inducements, but it seems, from my limited experience, to work the best of the various strategies I’ve watched my peers try on for size in their first years out of college.

The advice goes like this:

Fix the lifestyle you want. Then work backwards from there.

That’s it. Notice, I’m not talking about “avoiding taking yourself to seriously” or “always finding ways to give back.” I didn’t mention “the importance of a sense or humor” or why you need to “follow your passion, not money.” These are all reasonable words of wisdom, but they don’t necessarily direct you to a life that you’re happy to live.

My advice does.

Defining Lifestyle

What do I mean by lifestyle? Roughly speaking: a detailed feel for what your day to day existence would be like. Some questions to consider when imagining an ideal lifestyle:

How much control do I have over my schedule?
What’s the intensity level of my job?
What’s the importance of what I do?
What’s the prestige level?
What type of work?
Where do I live?
What’s my social life like?
What’s my work life balance?
What’s my family like?
How do other people think of me?
What am I known for?
Using these types of questions to guide you, construct an image in your mind about the ideal future you. Notice, specific jobs don’t need to enter the equation. They can if they help you visualize, but they aren’t necessary. Add little details. Really get a sense for what this lifestyle would feel like. If the image makes you happy and gets you excited about the possibilities for your future, then you’ve hit on a good match.

Example Lifestyles

There exists an infinite variety of possible lifestyles. Here are just a few examples:

The Power Broker: You live in a big city in a nice apartment. You climbed the ladder fast in a difficult business. You wield power. You’re good at what you do. You’re well respected. Your job is intense but you are super-organized so it doesn’t drive you crazy. You’re surrounded by good, loyal friends, and when you have fun, you have fun hard.
The Serial Entrepreneur: You live in a nice San Francisco townhouse. You’ve started several businesses. Some more successful than others. You tend to alternate between an intense year or two growing a business followed by some extended time off for intense relaxation. You’ve got a network of good friends across the country and a bar down the street that you visit every Friday night to catch-up with your closest buddies. You use your off time to develop extreme hobbies and indulge in grand, hopelessly ambitious and wildly fun projects.
The Virtual Voyager: You live in your dream house in a cozy community-oriented town, surrounded by natural beauty. You work virtually for several technology companies; setting your own hours. Three or four light days a week is enough to take care of your expenses. You and your family spend a lot of time outdoors, barbecuing with the neighbors, and, in general, enjoying small town life. You travel a lot for the sheer adventure of it.
Working Backwards

Once you’ve developed a detailed, visceral sense for your ideal lifestyle, use this image to guide your early career decisions. It’s a rough guide, to be sure, but it can still prove surprisingly useful.

Imagine, for example, that you’re faced with two options as graduation approaches. One is an elite project manager position at Microsoft and the other is acceptance to some good computer science graduate schools. Both are interesting and challenging. What do you choose? The power broker would go for the Microsoft position. The serial entrepreneur, on the other hand, would go for grad school — a perfect place to develop her first marketable technology.

The Power of Lifestyle-Centric Career Planning

Starting with a dream lifestyle — as oppose to a dream job — opens up more creativity. When thinking only about jobs, you’ll find yourself considering the same artificially-narrow menu of options troubled over by most talented college grads (banking, consulting, law, non-profit…) A lifestyle, on the other hand, provides much more flexibility — letting you discover potential paths previously hidden from your planning process.

The main advantage, however, is that, in the end, the whole point of worrying about your career is because you want to feel good about your life. By cutting to the bottom-line — what would make me feel best? — and then working backward from this answer, you are maximizing your odds that you’ll actually get somewhere worth going.

As with any graduation season advice, take this with a grain of salt. This is what I have seen work, but it doesn’t mean it’s the only thing that will. It can’t hurt, however, to take a moment to ask yourself: what lifestyle would suit me best?

My love dwelt in a northern land

My love dwelt in a northern land

A dim tower in a forest green
Was his, and far away the sand,
And gray wash of the waves were seen,
The woven forest boughs between.

And through the northern summer night
The sunset slowly died away,
And herds of strange deer, silver white,
Came gleaming through the forest gray,
And fled like ghosts before the day.

And oft, that month, we watch’d the moon
Wax great and white o’er wood and lawn,
And wane, with waning of the June,
Till, like a brand for battle drawn,
She fell, and flamed in a wild dawn.

I know not if the forest green
Still girdles round that castle gray,
I know not if, the boughs between,
The white deer vanish ere the day.
The grass above my love is green,
His heart is colder than the clay.

-Andrew Lang

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