The Different Faces of “La Cueva”

By: Raquel Pantojas and Reina Santiago

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Yesenia, a student from the Business Administration Department, is waiting for her coffee. She has majored in information systems and she has visited “La Cueva” preferrably alone. “El Café Colegial”, commonly known as simply “La Cueva”, is located in the first floor of the Student Center at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez.

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The sophomore biology student, Guillermo, is waiting for his best friend at his “favorite spot in campus”. He has not visited the coffee shop often as usual. Guillermo was kind enough to share his favorite saying: “Doesn’t matter what happens, you’re worth more than you think.” 

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Mechanical engineering student Xavier is “enjoying” his coffee. Xavier has frequented “La Cueva” almost every single day to drink coffee. When asked why he liked it there, he said: “I like the coffee, the music, and to meet up with friends.”  

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Third year biology major, Wallie, is “pacing around” the place, because he is “stressed out”. “‘Weirding’ people out” has been his “psychological methodology” to evaluate people in “La Cueva”. After showing him the picture we took of him, he said: “This is the state after three years of college, where your sanity breaks down. 

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Carlos, a computer engineering senior, is ordering his favorite coffee. Although Carlos never visited “La Cueva” before this year, he now has visted it often. “La Cueva” is a social health project that has a holistic vision, and it belongs to the Department of Medical Services.

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Natalie majors in animal sciences and industry (INPE) and is meeting up with her friend. She has often visited “La Cueva” to study and to “drink a lot of coffee”. “The atmosphere is of my liking. I like ‘La Cueva’ more [than any other place], because of the ambiance.”

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Michelle, a chemical engineering student, is “wasting time” in “La Cueva”, while she waits for her coffee. She has enjoyed hanging out in the coffee shop because of the music. “I’m supposed to be studying. The atmosphere is likable, but it distracts me a lot.” 

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Yaritza, a psychology major, and José, an industrial engineering major, are catching up, since they haven’t seen each other in a while. Both friends have enjoyed the coffee and the atmosphere “La Cueva” offered—Yaritza more than José. “This is the first time I come here and I’m about to graduate,” José said. 

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Xavier, a double major student of art theory and psychology, is about to order his coffee. The senior has chosen to visit “La Cueva” in his spare time since freshman year. “I’m supposed to be in class, but is raining. So, I stayed here.”

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The freshman biotechnology major Leysa is just finishing her iced coffee in “La Cueva”. She has been frequenting the place two to three times a week, because she finds it “calming” and meets new people. When asked what she was doing, she answered: “Drinking coffee, because if not, I won’t survive the day.”

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English student Adriana is drinking a mocha, which is her “favorite coffee”. She shared that she liked hanging out in “La Cueva”, but it’s not her favorite spot in campus; the English Department is. When asked her favorite quote, she answered: “The life we live is based on the promises we make.”

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 Emy, a computer sciences student, is getting a coffee and is trying to meet up with friends. Over the past three years of college, she has not visited “La Cueva” very often, and the reason she gave was simply: “I don’t like ‘La Cueva’.” After chatting, she shared a personal thought: “I know where I want to go, I just don’t want to get there that fast.”

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Geology student Juliana is enjoying her hot chocolate with her best friend. She has been fond of “La Cueva” for a long time, because she likes it “more than any other place at the university”. After talking to her, she concluded with the famous quote: “Don’t judge a book by its cover”.

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Norberto, another mechanical engineering student, is enjoying the “free A/C” and music. Out of honesty, he shared that he didn’t visit “La Cueva” often, because of the slow service. “Honestly, my favorite spot is the library’s third floor, but ‘La Cueva’ is ‘supergeil’ (super cool in German).”

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Micro-biology major, Misael, is “chilling” at “La Cueva”. The freshman has enjoyed the “darkness” and the “A/C” of the place. When asked to share a quote or thought, he said: “You know my name not my story.”

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 Arnaldo, a freshman in computer engineering, visits “La Cueva” to drink coffee, to “hang out”, and to “talk with friends”. He discovered the coffee shop through his friends, and since then, “La Cueva” became his favorite spot at the university. “Every student can learn; just not in the same day or the same way,” Arnaldo quoted George Evans at the end.

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