TAX Season

Hello UIC!

School has had me pretty tied up. I had the opportunity to work on a portion of my midterms during Spring Break. The portions that I did not get to finish I worked on during the week. It has been a hectic week, along with finishing my projects; I also had to prepare my speech. I am glad for all of my classes but I am mostly grateful for my renewable energy classes. They have taught me so much. I even decided to incorporate them in other classes, projects, and everyday scenarios. For instance, after my newfound knowledge of Mountain Top Removal, I had a discussion with my professors about the matter. It really coincided with our lecture on fossil fuels.

After returning from Kentucky, I realized that it is only a couple of weeks from Tax Day. Tax season is almost over you might be asking yourself, have you done your taxes? The answer is no.  Usually my W-2s and 1098-Ts come in the mail. This year, I have no idea what happened to them. I do not remember opting out of the hard copy form.  Along with not receiving them in the mail, another reason is that doing your taxes takes up a lot of time. I would fill them out myself if my accounting vocabulary were better. The year I tried to fill it out, the language confused me the frightening thought of messing up and getting audited stopped me from completing it. I usually go to one of the non-profit organizations that help to fill them out.

One of the organizations,  TAP, usually works down the street from my house. Although they are so come to me, filling out your taxes in one of these facilities is a daylong event. Usually they offer service on Saturday mornings. You usually have to get there about 7:00 AM and by the time, all of your paper work is done, you get home around 12:00 PM.  I know free things come at a cost and I should just go. The problem is that I usually either work, have family or student organization events on Saturdays.  In short, I am looking for another alternative to fill out my taxes.

I cannot wait for the upcoming week. SHPE-UIC is hosting nominations and the Easter Outreach and the CHANCE Program is hosting a workshop on Engineering Internships. I am sure all of the events will turn out great.

‘Till Next Week,


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About Leticia Diaz, Chemistry

Hello UIC-Familia! I am a 5th Year Senior Majoring in Chemistry. I am graduating in May 2012, and plan to come back to UIC to receive a Master’s Degree in Energy Engineering. I grew up in “La Villita” in South Lawndale. I have two AMAZING parents, three exemplary siblings, and three precious nephews. I am a CHANCE Ambassador; I mentor and assist students that are in majors similar to mine and ultimately help them go through some of the same struggles that I have gone through. I am a proud board member of SHPE-UIC, a national organization that promotes the advancement of Latinos through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Awareness. Our UIC chapter is recognized as being the Most Valuable Large Chapter in the Nation.

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