Stephanie Cruz

Stephanie Cruz

Monday, 09 July 2018 14:01

My first culture shock in El Malpais

Hey Everyone,

Well this is my first time posting a blog and it’s been three weeks since I’ve arrived in Grants, New Mexico. For those who don’t know, I’m a city girl. Born and raised in Los Angeles, I haven’t traveled anywhere until now. When I say it was a real culture shock for me is an understatement. Coming from a big city to a small town was a big surprise. I arrived to the Albuquerque Airport and everyone was so calm. I didn’t see a lot of people like I had expected from my experience being the LAX airport. Little did I know, I was going to a smaller city.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018 13:58

The Experience I Didn't Know I Needed

Hi Everyone,

It’s been a whole month since I got to Grants, New Mexico and my goodness has it been quite the experience so far! Being from such a big city, I didn’t know what to expect while living in Grants. I’ve noticed a lot of changes since I started living here. One of the biggest ones is how relaxed and at peace I feel here. Everything is so calm and when I go out for a run, the scenery that surrounds me makes me feel amazing and happy. Another thing I have noticed is that I don’t have headaches like I used to get in the city. This is the much needed change of scenery that I didn’t know I needed.

Hi Everyone,

For the most part these past couple of weeks have been rather calm. I’ve been working on the project that I’ve been assigned to. So my work so far has consisted of interviewing various people, transcribing and compiling the information I gather. Well last week on Friday, I got to go to an event called Ancestral Lands day in celebration for Latino Conservation week. It happened in El Morro and it went from the morning to around 3 or 4 pm in the afternoon.

Thursday, 16 August 2018 13:48

My Last Week in El Malpais

Hi Everyone!

This is my last week in El Malpais and I’m sad that I will be going soon. I was fortunate enough to be able to have such a fun time this past week. Being able to not only visit New Mexico but also Denver, Colorado has made this summer one of the best ones I’ve had yet. Meeting everyone else that was part of LHIP was amazing because I got to hear the all about the projects they did this summer. It was a packed 4 days but it was all worth it. I made some great new friends that I hope will keep in touch even when time goes by. I want to thank all the LHIP staff for putting in so much work to make this workshop happen. Without I don’t think I would’ve been able to see how beautiful Denver is anytime soon. Going to this workshop helped me in so many ways because I was surrounded by people I can relate with in so many ways and connect with them in ways I couldn’t with others. Everyone was so positive and encouraging, that I’m happy I was able to meet them.

Thursday, 29 November 2018 15:55

Stephanie Cruz 

Stephanie Cruz is a first generation Mexican American junior in California State University, Los Angeles. She is majoring in Anthropology and a minoring in Marketing, while also acquiring statistical skills. She aspires to have a career doing research for the marketing department of businesses using ethnographic methods to collect data on different cultural groups and analyzing the data using statistical and ethnographic analysis. As an undergraduate student, she has had the opportunity to participate in research projects from studying and looking at different views from within the Wiccan community to looking at different food systems in Los Angeles county cities. She hopes to do a research senior project on how and why Latino youth (18-24) use social media to assimilate into American culture but also maintain their own ethnic identity. She hopes that by going into business with her Anthropology degree and experience, she can make a change on how businesses market to different ethnic groups to provide what they need and want while still be culturally sensitive. She was stationed in El Malpais National Monument this summer working to preserve the history of land use while learning more about the people from the community.