Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Interview with Paola Rayos

Good afternoon all! Last blog I stated how were doing radical things here in the Chrysalis, such as trying to implement our users' works in the blog, posting more frequently and more relevant stuff, and whatever else we can think of. We reached out to one of our contributors, Paola Rayos, who submitted two wonderful pictures, Una Larga Caminata and El Tercer Aire for this year's Chrysalis. We conducted our first interview to get to learn more of her, which she was happy to oblige in! And without further ado, here it is:

1.   To start off, would you introduce yourself to our viewers? Are you a faculty member or a student?
My name is Paola and I am 19 years of age, I currently graduated from EPCC Valle Verde, and now I am transferring to UTEP.
2.   So, what do you do? What are your interests?
I like to write and take pictures but before those my passion is singing.
3.   Why did you choose to pursue all of that?
I chose to pursue photography (as a hobby at least) because I like to capture the special and beautiful moments in my life.
4.   Have you ever submitted to other publications in the past?
 No, this would be my first time submitting any of my works.
5.   Are your hobbies something you might want to pursue as a career?
Yes, definitely, right now I am going to pursue a degree in Psychology, but in between that I would like to take some courses to get better at taking pictures.
6.   So how much have you done? Have you amassed a sizable collection yet?
I have a big collection of pictures I have taken in all my trips, I have traveled to several places in Mexico and I love to take my camera to all these amazing places.
7.   Where do you get your inspiration for what you do?
The moment and the place, like I said—I have traveled to a lot of beautiful places, and not capturing a beautiful moment is a waste of time, so those two things motivate me to take pictures.
8.   Some people try to convey a message through their work. Others create for themselves. What would you say is your reason for why you take pictures?
I love to share the moments I experienced in the amazing places I’ve been in with people, that’s the kind of art I do.
9.   Will you continue your passions in the future and submit to publications? Of course! I hope I can get better with time and submit my art to many publications.
10. If there was any way we here at the Chrysalis could do to help aspiring photographers like yourself, what would you want to see?
I would recommend Chrysalis to do an exhibition at EPCC campuses.
11. Any advice you want to give for those in your shoes?

My advice is to never get discouraged. Even if you’re not a professional doesn’t mean your work is not good enough, so always have passion for what you do. 

As a bonus for our viewers, here is a picture of hers we could not include in this year's edition but will share with all our blog viewers!

Paola Rayos

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Summer is just the Beginning

Greetings Everyone!

Have you all been enjoying your summer vacations thus far? I said we here at the Chrysalis had some surprises in store for our viewers (which numbers in the hundreds... right?). Anywho, some of the new things we'll be doing here is posting user material that either did not make it in the Chrysalis or there was simply not enough room to fit it in. We'll also try to get in touch with users and even do short Q&As with them! 

We here at the Chrysalis feel we can not only help people get their foot in the door to becoming successful in their paths but we can help give that professional feel with interviews, author/artist biographies, and so on. For those of you who are interested in doing interviews by all means email us at and while you're at it, submit a piece or two (or three) for our upcoming Chrysalis next year!

For now, expect more and more frequent posts from us! Any suggestions, tips, and critiques you have for us to help improve the blog's experience, by all means, send us an email!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Start of Summer Vacation

Hello all!

Have you been able to breathe yet from finals or do you still have a couple days left? For those of us with finished finals, enjoy your freedom, you earned it! For all the rest, don't worry, you're alone. I still have one last final myself until I can finally breathe for a total of maybe one day before going back to planning for summer Chrysalis work haha.

Summer Vacation!
Today will be a short blog post as we're all still feeling pretty elated after the recent success of the Chrysalis and the faculty member in charge is still swamped with grading hundreds of finals and dealing with crying students and whatnot. You know, the usual. But as far as Chrysalis news goes, stay tuned in for some really good summer blog surprises! By the way, don't be afraid to submit anything right now! The earlier we receive submissions, the easier my job gets haha.

What will you all do this summer? For the more ambitious viewers we have (if we have any at all lol) I'd suggest taking classes this summer, though I won't lie, if I had the chance to go vacation somewhere nice and warm (perhaps the beach?) I'd totally recommend that too!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

What Would You Like To See?

Here, at the Chrysalis, in between bouts of procrastination and reading gigantic loads of poems, essays, short stories, and anything else required, we actually do like to plan for the future. For instance, did you know the Chrysalis is actually over 30 years old? 31, to be exact, this publication was first released in 1973 as little more than a small pamphlet totaling no more than maybe 30 pages. Over time, it not only changed its name, logo, and branding, but it became a magazine, it saw quarterly releases as well as annual, and now at this point in its life, here we have the traditional annual release schedule of quite a large publication.

This begs the question though: What's left for us to? Where could we expand? Perhaps more frequent releases? How about a bigger book? (Though of course that would require more submissions and advertising which in turn requires a bigger budget). We have some surprises in store for you all, especially those who didn't make it to this year's Chrysalis =) so keep watch out! In the meantime though, email us any kinds of ideas you have for what you'd like to see from us!

Friday, May 2, 2014

The Road Well Traveled

Congratulations everyone, may I inform you all that the Chrysalis has arrived! Technically speaking, it arrived yesterday, and we're going to be working on distributing it across all campuses as soon as possible (like, monday/tuesday depending on how fast the inter-post delivery system is). We've all waited this long but don't worry, it's almost over.

For some of you, however, the wait is over as transmountain campus where the books were delivered to and our offices are located (TM Library, RM 1654, downstairs). We were surprised to see some students come and already take their copy of this year's Chrysalis but rest assured, everyone else, we definitely have enough for everyone. =)

I originally wanted to inform you all yesterday, the day of, but I, like probably many of you, took time off my sleep schedule to prepare for class. In this case, Physics was my enemy and a group project was what I lost sleep over. Thankfully, I managed to pass with an 88 and now I can focus on my final but after everything was said and done, I came home at 6:30 p.m. after having not slept for 36 hours, hopped up on caffeine and passed out for 12 hours. Don't be as extreme as me but I still urge you to do well in your classes because why else are you here? Finish them and never have to look back wondering what if!

Until next time I bid you all adieu