This “costume” means so much to me this year. Not only because it represents my heritage, but it also represents the environment I am in today. La Catrina was first created through satire, mocking the women of Mexico who desperately wanted to identify with the European traditions. As (what feels like) one of the few latinas at the University of Michigan, it sometimes feels very isolating. I wear this mask to distinguish myself from this cultural island. I am a latina, I have never been more proud.