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Hello there! My name is Richelle Villabona. I am a sophomore at Southern Connecticut State University, and I am majoring in Early Childhood Education, as well as Interdisciplinary. My second major consists of a Psychology minor and the other is self-designed, and let's just say it is "interpreting cultures with a focus in Spanish, while teaching". (A mouthful. I know)

I'm merely a body filled to the brim with love, just looking for the people and things that make me feel alive. And with every moment, I am thankful.

Richelle Villabona


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For Learning Event 9 (#LE9), I have compiled all my Walk my World posts and linked my twitter.

Dear World, I am Me 

This picture of me is one of my favorites.  It was taken at my university to share social justice.  The word's written on my arms are something that I have carried with me for long time.

Where Did You Come From Lady (PYT) 

My family is an influential part of my life.  There is not a time that I remember my life before them.  Yes, I was born into the family, but my friends and our family friends, were always just with us from the start.  We've grown together and pushed each other to be stronger and for that I am greatful.

"How I Got To Who I Am"

I mentioned my family, my school, and travels in this video.  As I mentioned previously, family is always going to be number one in my heart.  Travelling is, definitely, a priviledge that I never want to take for granted.  It feeds my soul and mind about different people and their cultures, traditions, and perspectives.  I am where I am today, because of my education and pushing through every step of the way.

Turning Points 5

In this video, I talked about the turning points in my life.  They have not been easy.  I continue to struggle with some of these things in the video, but I am not going down without a fight.  My support system drives me to do better and be better, so thank you all for that.

"Come What May"

Ahh.. my future.  I do hope that things do go as planned, but like I said, if there are new opportunities and adventures before my 'declaration' happens that's fine, too.  I'm always up for the challenge and adventure, and as long as I bring myself pack on my path, I'll be golden.

Thanks for hanging out with me and getting to know a little bit more about me! 

Richelle Villabona

Dear World: I am Me

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Dear World,

I am a strong, independent, and caring woman. I am fortunate to have family, friends, and mentors who have helped to shape me into who I am today. I crave positivity and strength from the people and places that inspire me. With light and love, I grow. With light and love, we grow.



During Justice Week, Dear World came to Southern to hear our stories of our triumphs and our struggles.  I felt this was perfect for our identity module.  "With light & love... I grow" was orginally my six word coming into Southern.  Since that day, I hold these words to be so much more significant.  During my time here, I have truly expressed who I am and my appreciation for the people who support me and care for me.  I am the only Villabona woman in the family and that is a lot to hold on my shoulders.  I am always supposed to act and be a certain way, because of tradition and culture.  But, I have grown to be so much more than just my stereotypes.  I have lost and loved many people in my life, and I know they are shining down and wishing me the best in all that I do.

I am proud of who I am and the identity that I have built and will continue to grow.


Edit: I am participating in , and I have included this photo as my first learning event (#LE1)