Exams are Everywhere

Hey, Hawks!

I hope that you all have had a great week. Mine has been terribly exhausting. It feels as though the semester has finally started.  All of the preceding weeks seem to have been only for practice. Exams have begun to show their monstrous heads, and I am holding a spoon, expected to slay them. Okay, that might be a bit dramatic…but I am stressed!

Last weekend I got quite sick, which held me back and made me fall behind on my schedule. I ended up having to miss Monday, which was something I had been trying hard to avoid. Monday is one of my busiest days, so I knew that I would have a lot to make-up work to do throughout the week. With a sniffly nose, I scrambled between classes on Tuesday to finish make-up assignments, complete labs, and catch up on notes. The days dragged on, full of thing20-hilarious-memes-on-exams-funny-jokes-pictures-3s to do, people to see, and upcoming exams to complain about.

My first exam was on Friday, but I began studying for it well in advance, knowing that chemistry has never been my forte. Thankfully, Dr. Dubrovskiy is an excellent professor who gives interesting lectures and super helpful study sessions. Still, I am a bit nervous about my grade.

My second and third exams are both scheduled for this upcoming Friday, which means that I spent the majority of my weekend at UHCL, studying and completing even more last-minute assignments. This work included grading papers for the Freshman Year Seminar, writing three essays, and—of course—finding out what my patronus is. (For those of you who are interested, it is either a black swan or a wild rabbit—yes, I took the test twice! Don’t judge me). Thankfully I have great friends who have to endure the same courses I do, so we have formed a close-knit study group to support each other through this trying time.

Additionally, my second (and last) research participation appointment for SONA was on Friday! I have now completed all of the required credits. At least that’s one thing off the list, right?

Anyway, I have stayed up quite late nearly every night this weekend (including Friday, Saturday, and Sunday), so perhaps I should go to bed before the new week starts. I have to at least be semi-ready for whatever UHCL will throw at me next, right?

Until next time, Hawks!

  • Natalia

 

Fall TV Shows are Great Stress Relievers

We are heading into week no. 6 already and midterm season is upon us. Luckily, some of my classes do not even have midterms scheduled for the semester—which is why I’m not too stressed out this week.

I just want to say that even after two years of rigorous courses, I still get headaches when I spend an entire day stressing about homework and working to keep up with my classes. These are rare, but just the other week I got one just out of pure stress because a few exams were coming up. That’s a sign. Oh, yes, midterm season is here.  I happen to have a few helpful tips for de-stressing: firstly—and this is my favorite tip of them—I recommend catching up on all of the new fall TV shows that are coming up, such as Scream Queens, which is one of my all-time favorites.

It is going to be hard focusing on assignments and homework with all the new TV shows that appear every fall. It is like television networks know that college students need something to look forward to each week to help them keep going. Scream Queens was my newest obsession last fall and in the fall of 2016, season two is now emerging. Scream queens is an anthology comedy/horror show that centers around the Chanel Oberlin. The setting last year was in a sorority known as Kappa Kappa Tau. This year the Chanels are set in a hosseason2posterpital with a new killer who is yet to be unveiled. The first episode was as hilarious as I thought it would be and did not disappoint.

It seems that each week there are tons of events on campus that help with relieving one’s stress. For example, this past week, the Campus Activities Board hosted a Nerf War! It was a great way to meet new people, exercise, and even win a Nerf gun. Unfortunately, I was not one of those lucky winners. CAB is new this year, but that has not stopped them from already hosting amazing events such as video game tournaments and even an open mic night.

Well, that’s it for this week, Hawks! Have a great week and get ready for those pesky mid-terms.

Week 4 Was Full of Stress and a UHCL Bookstore Sale!

Hey Hawks!

I hope that you have all had another great week at UHCL. Mine has been incredibly eventful, so get ready!

My week started out normally enough, with assignments, classes, and an overflow of e-mails. (Am I the only person who is annoyed by the fact that my inbox keeps filling up and I have to keep deleting items?) I would say that my classes are going well, considering I have not had a major stress-related freak out about any of them (thus far), and I hope that things continue to run this smoothly throughout the remainder of the semester. It’s a stretch, I know, but it seems that planning out my whole semester in advance has proven to be super effective.

The highlight of my week was probably the 50% off sale at the UHCL bookstore. I have always wanted a UHCL sweater, but I have never been willing to spend that much money on one. With the sale, however, I managed to get a sweater that was originally priced at $59.98 for just $14.99! I was ecstatic to say the least. I wasn’t even planning on going into the bookstore that day, but I had half an hour of free time between class and a psychology study that I participated in.

unspecified-3This semester, I am taking Introduction to Psychology, so I have to complete 3 credits of SONA participation. This basically means that I am a guinea pig for several psychological experiments. So far I have accumulated 1.5 credits, so I am already halfway done! I have my second and last study scheduled for this week, which will be worth the other 1.5 credits, and then I will be all set. It’s pretty interesting to be a part of these experiments, to be honest. I have always found psychology to be incredibly fascinating. (It was almost my major at some point).

On Friday, I had my driving test. I know what you’re thinking: “Aren’t you like 18?” And the answer is, actually, no – I am 20. Regardless, I know that I am way overdue in terms of getting my license, but I am a procrastinator at heart and quite possibly the laziest person that I know. I was insanely nervous and worried this entire week, thinking that I would probably fail the parallel parking portion of the test. I practiced every day, and even stayed out until nearly 11 PM the day before my test so that I could perfect the parking with and without using my backup camera. It was definitely worth it in the end, and I passed with a 92! I was really happy, but, more than that, I was also relieved to know that I wouldn’t have to undergo that particularly stressful event again.

On Saturday, I visited Bay Area Pet Adoptions, an animal shelter around 20 minutes away from campus. I went as part of HLI, since that’s where we are focusing our year-long community service project. We attended an hour long volunteer orientation, during which we got a tour of the facility. I fell in love with at least 10 dogs and 5 cats. I cannot wait to go back!

I hope that you guys had a great week too!

Until next time,

Natalia

The Stress Is Finally Kicking In!

Is it week four already?! Well, at least that means that there are only eleven more weeks to go! Welcome back, everyone. I hope that you all had a great weekend as we head on to week five of the semester. As for me, this past week was full of some pretty eventful surprises—just kidding, it was simply just full of stress. The week was full of the usual stressful nights and sudden heart attacks when I realized that I had an assignment due. I did try to get my hands on that extremely rare iPhone 7 to relieve some stress, but, to my dismay, teared up when I was unable to.

Week five is around the time when students should have gotten a rhythm going. I agree it is very challenging at first to get adjusted to a new schedule—and not just a new day schedule, but a new sleeping schedule as well. For the past couple for weeks, I have been experiencing pretty bad insomnia. I may be regretting taking five class this semester. I usually only take 12 credit hours. I know that 15 credit hours may not seem like a lot for some students, but we all have different limits. I tried to challenge myself this semester and I have to say that it is going pretty well so far! I have also become aware that stress causes me to eat a lot. I had not noticed before, but every semester my eating habits go out the door as soon as the stress sets in. Man, do I feel sorry for my body.

14344212_1207564955984238_7124112387528235560_nBesides being so stressed out, I was really glad to have been able to hang out with Helen Nguyen and Nelly Tanori this past weekend. It was a great way to relax and get to see a two-man mariachi band play as we enjoyed a great lunch. We have been together since freshman year and aren’t planning on going anywhere!

Well, that’s it for this week, Hawks. I hope that you all have a great 5th week of school and, remember, keep on striving to make good choices!

Week Three Was Full of Events…And Stress!

Guys, can you believe we are about to start our 4th week of school?! I guess with all the stress that piles up every semester, I lose track of time. However, I also have ways to destress myself—like attending school dances!

This past week I was able to attend the School House Rock Dance hosted by ISS. At the dance, I listened to some funky tunes and enjoyed great food. This was my fourth time attending and I have to say that it just gets better and better every time. I even got this cool watch from ISS. That’s not the only thing I got this past week! I also got a hug from an astronaut! That’s right14224878_10154355874340056_7131351113261407180_n—this past Thursday in the Garden Room, Chris Cassidy was a guest speaker. I got the chance to talk to him and even scored a mighty hug from a real life astronaut.

As for my classes, I am actually doing fairly well with all of them. Despite it being my first time to take 15 credit hours, it sure feels pretty easy—which is never a good sign. When something feels too easy, your mind starts thinking that you are doing something wrong. As for chemistry, I have to say that I think that I am finally getting the hang of it. Well, kind of. I’m just hoping to pass this time around. Let’s hope my work pays off.

I also want to touch on a change that I have noticed throughout my years in college thus far. During my freshman year, I would dress to impress. I would do my best to look like a model. When sophomore year came around, button down shirts turned into t-shirts and pants turned into cargo shorts. Then came junior year. I do not mind what I wear as long as it is comfortable. For me, that means basketball shorts, a t-shirt, and my cozy sippers. Who knows what I’ll be wearing during my senior year. I hear bikinis are going to be all the rage next year. I’m just kidding. I wouldn’t look good in a two piece either way. Maybe a one piece, but not a two piece.

Well, that’s it for this week, Hawks. I hope that you have an amazing 4th week of school. Go Hawks!!!

Starting off the Semester on the Right Foot

Hey, Hawks!

There goes another week at UHCL. Quizzes, exams, and assignments are beginning to sneak their way in, and that well-known college-level stress is creeping up on us. The only advice that I can give you is to avoid procrastination as soon and as much as you can. I know that you guys will probably procrastinate anyway (and I will too), but it’s worth a shot.

Speaking of school-work that’s more than just memorizing a syllabus, I had my first chemistry exam and first psychology quiz this week. Somehow I managed to get 108% and 105%, respectively. I’m not exactly sure how that happened, but I’m not going to question it. I’m taking it as a good sign that I have started out this semester on the right foot. My goal is to get all A’s again this semester.

Speaking of goals, I had my one-on-one meeting with my HLI success coach, and we have begun to plan my goals for this semester. The first is to not only keep my high GPA, but also to become more active and involved on campus. That means joining student organizations, becoming an officer, volunteering, attending events, etc. My second goal is to find a hobby. I realized thaunspecified-2t I don’t put enough time aside for myself. I used to play guitar, write poetry, and read books on a regular basis. Now all I really do is study, work, sleep, and eat. I think I deserve a bit of a break now and then, right? It’s going to be tricky to balance schoolwork, extracurricular activities, and whatever hobby I decide to pursue, though.  I’ll keep y’all updated.

Not only was this the first week of real schoolwork, but it was also the first week when I had to grade papers for the Freshman Year Seminar class (also known as Learning Frameworks). I’ll admit that it took me an embarrassingly long time to get through all of them, but I think I am really getting the hang of it now. I found myself reading a few surprisingly excellent paper
s and a few not-so-surprisingly not-so-great papers. I am confident that by end of the semester, the former will be more common than the latter.

Anyway, now that I’m done with all of my homework for the week, I should take this time to do something besides sleeping. Otherwise, my free time will run out before I even know it, and I’ll be dealing with piles upon piles of assignments. Today, I found an old book that I never finished so I might just start reading it again. Maybe I’ll call that my new hobby.

Until next time Hawks!

Natalia

Junior Year Is Looking Good!

Hey, Hawks!

I hope you had a nice second week of class. Hopefully by now, you are not still getting lost or looking up cheap textbooks to buy online. I know it’s hard to back into the groove of things after a whole summer off, so Labor Day weekend couldn’t have come soon enough.

I have been surprisingly on task with all of my classes, which really just means that my social life is basically nonexistent. I don’t mind it much, though. I have most of my classes with really close friends, so I get to spend time with them regardless.

HLI has also been super exciting so far. We are getting ready to volunteer at the Bay Area Animal Shelter soon, and I cannot wait to hang out with all the doggies and kittens. Not only will this be an opportunity to build up my resume for Veterinary School at A&M, but I am going to get to spend time doing something meaningful with my best friends. HLI is truly one of the most rewarding things I have ever been a part of.  unspecified

Being a peer mentor for the Freshman Year Seminar is also turning out to be worthwhile! I attended training on Friday, so now the actual working begins. I am excited to work with all of my mentees, get to know them, and help them develop their critical thinking skills. If all turns out as expected, I might do this again during upcoming semesters. I’ll keep you posted.

In other news, I attended the art gallery’s current exhibition: Fearful Symmetries by feminist artist Faith Wilding. It would be an understatement to say that both the art and the artist are phenomenal. I am surprised every time I get the chance to experience artwork I have never seen before, or to speak with artists who are willing to share their passion with me. If you haven’t gone over to see the exhibit, I encourage you to do so. It will be open to the public up until December 8th, 2016.

I hope you have had an equally eventful, inspiring, and fulfilling week at UHCL.

Until next time,

Natalia