Something to Brag About on Your Resume

If I had any multimedia skills whatsoever, I’d be all over this. Such a cool idea!

CNN Mexico is hosting “ProyectaMexico” (Project Mexico) through its unique iReport program. This project invites people in Mexico to send in their short videos, photos  and audios on their topic of choice, so long as it relates to any of these three categories:

  • The Mexico of Today
  • Sports
  • Entertainment and Culture

Jorge’s school has been big on encouraging its students to compete in the ProyectaMexico program, and many other universities throughout Mexico are doing the same. Contestants will be judged based on things like creativity, originality, narrative, relevance and journalistic development to win an incredible prize that could shape their future.

Budding reporters in Mexico now have the opportunity to show off their skills with one of the biggest news groups in the world, a dream come true for any aspiring journalist. Four talented winners (1 in each category, plus 1 chosen by the public) will get a 3-day trip to CNN in Atlanta in May 2012, and be allowed to participate in a show on CNN Espanol. Now THAT’s something to aspire to!

Contestants have until October 21 to send in their multimedia reports, which will be judged by a panel of CNN Espanol and CNN Mexico reporters. After judging, remaining reports will be up for votes from the public to determine 1 final winner.

This contest is truly the opportunity of a lifetime for the yet-unknown storytellers of Mexico, and a great chance for the world to see sides of Mexico they never knew existed.

Check out some of contest’s latest contestants and their reports on Mexico on the ProyectaMexico home page.

Disclosure:  I am being compensated for my work in creating and managing content as a Community Manager for the Mexico Today Program.  All stories, opinions and passion for all things Mexico shared here are completely my own.

Reader Advice: Saving vs Education?

Normally I try to keep this a bit more of a cultural blog, but hey… it’s a personal blog too, right?

Jorge and I have been thinking a ton about finances lately. Now that we’re done paying for the wedding, Christmas, and basic furniture (mostly), we can finally start saving up some serious cash. I’ve been waiting for this opportunity for a year. We even set up an Excel sheet for our budget! We’re so proud.

One thing I’ve been dying to get involved in for as long as I can remember is real estate. My parents have always loved houses, and I think they passed that love down to me (and my sister). 7 months ago I was almost more excited for apartment hunting than I was for my wedding. For the last 4 months I’ve been obsessive about House Hunters International (showing on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays). I even find myself looking at houses for sale, even when I don’t have the money to buy one… I just love learning what houses look like in different cities, and what you can get for your money in different areas.

That being said, I have never, ever had even the least attraction toward being a real estate agent. Can’t say why not. What I would love to get into someday is real estate investment… which I know nothing about (except what I’ve learned from House Hunters International, of course).

Where is all this going?

Jorge recently read the book Rich Dad Poor Dad, and one of the points that stood out the most to him was that if you ever have the opportunity to take a course in finances or whatever field you want to work in, TAKE IT. And who can say no to this guy…

Interestingly, Jorge and I were just talking about this last night. He said, “If you really want to get involved in real estate investment, you should take a class! You’d save tons of money in the future by doing more things yourself. If we hear about a real estate course, you’re taking it.” I said sure! ( I suspect he’s tired of me obsessing over houses without making some money from it.)

Little did I know last night that I would get an e-mail from my university just this morning, offering… guess what? A 3-month course and diploma in basic real estate. The timing was uncanny. It was a message from God.

Problem? The money we were so excited about saving up in January and February would go straight to paying for this course. Most of the savings would be gone before I could even get my hands on them. So… no big saving until March. *sigh*

Also, I have no short term plans to get involved in real estate! This would be something a few years into my future.

AND, we’re getting our Mexican marriage license next month (February 14! Valentine’s Day!), which involves paying a few hundred dollars to immigration.

Jorge and I have a lot of talking and number-crunching to do tonight. I’d love to take advantage of this opportunity, but I’m not sure if it’s something that should wait.

So… should I take a great opportunity to improve my knowledge in my desired future field now, or slow down and start saving up some money this month so I can actually have money to invest with?

Any advice, warnings, scolding, etc… I’d love to get some comments from you!