So Many Acronyms!

Hey Hawks! 

I hope the second week of school has treated everyone well. I am dedicated to making this semester better than the last. So far, everything seems to be on track. I hope it stays that way. Surprisingly, I’m caught up in all of my classes! It’s such a simple thing but that alone relieves me of so much stress and leaves room for me to do other things.  

As far as extracurriculars go, I’m currently active in Campus Activities Board (CAB), Hawk Leadership Institute (HLI), First Year Seminar (FYS) and Social Justice Organization (SJO). So many acronyms! I’m in the Spotlight Committee (formerly known as Education Committee). It’s really fun and inspiring. We’re planning events that shine light on issues that are relevant to college students but aren’t always talked about. For example, our first in a series of events called “Food for Thought” will be an open discussion about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, more commonly known as DACA, and Title IX. This event is actually co-hosted by SJO. This is the student organization that I started last semester.  

I’m really excited because this upcoming week will be our first general meeting! We had a ton of people sign up at the Student Organization Expo this week, which was fantastic. We worked really hard on our booth and I’m glad that people appreciated it and took the time to talk to us and/or sign up. I’m a little nervous because this is the first time I’ve led a general meeting for a student organization. Thankfully, all of the other officers are great and they’ve been helping me navigate this whole leadership thing really well.  

Speaking of leadership, HLI is still a big part of my college life. Getting to experience it through the eyes of a mentor is definitely a big change, but it’s one that I really enjoy. We haven’t done much yet, we’ve only

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had one general meeting thus far, but I can tell that this is going to be a great group and a great year.  

FYS is also known as Learning Frameworks. As y’all know, I’ve been a peer mentor twice before. This year is my third time and I’m liking it more than ever. Not only is the common reader awesome (Hidden Figures) this semester, but I get to work closely with an amazing faculty mentor: Professor Robert Bartsch. As I’ve said, I’ve mentored for this class before, so I know most of the material by heart. However, Bartsch puts his own spin on things and really makes the class his own. I really appreciate it and I think the students are going to love it throughout the semester.  

 

That’s pretty much the update that I have for y’all this week. I hope everyone is doing great. And if not, remember that the newest employee, Murphy the Therapy Dog, has his own office! Stop by and let him give you little dog kisses to make you feel better. 

See ya! 

–  Natalia 

 

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Hold On To Your Horses

Hold on to your horses because the fall semester is officially in overdrive. This is around the time where the social lives of students start to plummet because classes start to become more than just taking syllabus quizzes. College is the equivalent of a horror movie that’s lasted a bit too long.  

Hurricane Harvey impacted Texas residents in various ways. It was a storm that put us through a variety of trials and, in the end, we were able to perceiver. When the weather channel started to talk about how impactful Harvey would be, I just thought

 

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they were exaggerating. Heck, I even went to the gym the night before we were hit by the storm. That night at midnight, I realized this was a serious storm; the rain was pounding on my roof and there was an indoor pool in my house.  

UHCL has been handling the Harvey impact in the best possible way. UHCL has offered aid and programs to students who were impacted by the storm. Even the students have gotten involved and made donations. There are always going to be events that pop out from the sky such, and it’s nice to know that a campus such as UHCL makes the students safety a top priority. 

UHCL has had a variety of events these past two weeks such as the Welcome Back Bash, Student Organization Expo and movie screenings. Now I’ve been at UHCL for three years, so I know these events are chock-full of freebies! Nothing better to get the semester started off right than one or maybe 12 water bottles.  

I would also like to announce that my weekly favorites are coming back next week. A weekly favorite is any TV show, restaurant, food, snack, book, etc. that I believe deserves a spotlight and a chance to be experienced by other UHCL students. Keep a look out for that! 

Well that’s it for this week hawks, I hope you all have a great third week of classes. Next week I’ll be describing what senior classes are really like. 

 

 

A Chaotic First Week.

Hey Hawks!

 I hope you’re all safe from the chaos that was Hurricane Harvey. It’s certainly a strange way to start the school year. My heart truly goes out to everyone who’s lost anything through this storm

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– be it furniture, homes, or even their pets. However, it’s inspirational to see the community come together to help one another. Lately, I’ve been very proud to call myself a Houstonian.  

 School started a whole week late (as you all well know), so I didn’t know what to expect. It seemed as though we truly hit the ground running this time. There was no “syllabus week” this semester. It was definitely something my friends had warned me would happen, so I tried my best to prepare during my w

eek off.  Thankfully, there wasn’t any damage where I was, but I was pretty much just stuck indoors for a week. We still had power, so I basically spent that time either binge-watching “Game of Thrones”, printing syllabi, or sleeping for hours on end.  

 Coming back to school and having so many responsibilities all at once is definitely a shock to my system. I’m currently taking six classes (three lectures and three labs), a peer mentor for Learning Frameworks, a peer mentor for the Hawk Leadership Institute and the president of the Social Justice Organization. It might not sound like a lot, but it sure feels like it.  

 I’ve started this semester with a planner and hopefully I’ll finish with it too. I’ve never used a planner, so we’ll see how this will go.  Right now it’s already full of so many scribbles and due dates! Wish me luck. 

 

Until next time, Hawks! 

– Natalia  

Let’s Hit the Books One Last Time 

 

fullsizeoutput_b6f.jpegSenior Year is finally here!  

I’m in the final stretch of making my childhood dream come true. It hasn’t always been an easy journey, but with a full force drive of dedication anything is possible. When I entered college, I never pictured making it to senior year. It’s somewhat mindboggling, but being the first person to attend college in my family made it appear to be impossible. As the years went on, my experiences taught me that I can accomplish anything. I mean, hey, I finally passed chemistry. 

This new coming year will be the best possible college year of my life and I am planning on setting up a couple of goals I would like to achieve prior to the end of my college career. My mission is to set up three challenging goals for to complete my time at UHCL.  

My main goal for the upcoming year is to join as many clubs possible. I always imagined graduating with my robe all pimped out. I have to be looking fly for all my family members. I have slacked off a bit in this department of the last few semester and would love to pick up new hobbies to keep myself busy; getting cords from organizations would just be a plus. 

Secondly, I would love to make a new friend each and every time I’m on campus at UHCL. MY first year at UHCL I was able to make friends even in bathrooms. I know I was a weird child. As the years went on, and classes got more difficult It was harder to accomplish this. This is a new year and tough homework assignments won’t stop me from improving my social skills.  

My final goal is to find an internship in the field in which I am majoring in. I’m not sure how I’m going to achieve this, but I know that the Career and Services Office will offer guidance. My mind has been screaming, “What were you thinking Eric! You should have started looking for internships last semester!” 

However, a side goal of mine is to overcome this fear, and face life right in the eye, and the truth is I am in the phase where I’m not sure how life after college is going to be. I’m scared of the future after school is over.  

Well that’s all for this week Hawks! Tune in next week to read about my summer experiences and first week of school! Hope you all stayed dry during the hurricane. Have a great second week of classes!  

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Hectic, but Valuable Semester

Hey, Hawks!

I hope you are all doing well. The spring 2017 semester is pretty much over. Everyone (including myself) is too busy studying nonstop for upcoming finals to find time to do anything else.

This week, the most I did was attend a few events, including a PHSA event at a pharmacy compounding company. We went on a tour of the facility and even got to play around in their laboratory and create gel and cream. It was super fun and I am excited to do it again next year.

This week was also the Hawk Leadership Institute’s (HLI) spring social, so that was pretty fun. It was Hawaiian-themed with Thai food. It was nice to just take a few hours away from school to relax and enjoy time with friends. Hopefully, I will get to continue my involvement in HLI next year. I completed the two years of the program, and now I have applied and interviewed for a peer mentor position for next year.

Apart from that, I have just been studying like crazy for upcoming exams. I am pretty excited about next week’s Leadership Luncheon too! I still need to find something to wear for that, but I cannot seem to find the time to go shopping. Hopefully, I will not have to repeat last year’s outfit.

Overall, I feel like it was a very hectic, but very valuable semester. Either way, I cannot wait for that summer break!

See you around, Hawks!

-Natalia

Junior Year Comes to an End

Hey, Hawks!

The semester is sadly coming to an end. With that in mind, my weekly blogs come to a brief pause as well. Now there is good news! That is, the next time I blog I will be a senior. These past three years at UHCL have been full of kodak moments.

Junior year has held many memorable events and adventures. I am excited to see what my final year in college will hold. I always imagined my senior year to be wonderful, but I know it is going to be an emotional rollercoaster. All my hard work is finally paying off.

Being the first in my family to go to college and make it to my senior year is an amazing feeling. I love seeing my mother’s face each time I bring up that I have completed another semester, and I cannot wait to see her face when I walk down the aisle to receive my diploma.

It is mind boggling at just how far I have come as a person. I re-read my old blogs all the time and compare just how much of a difference three years has made for me. The way I write to the way I felt about certain topics changed. I am Eric 3.0, getting ready to go to Eric 4.0—although my GPA may be getting ready to go from a 3.0 to a 2.0 (kidding…I hope).

I want to give a big shout-out to everyone that made my junior year amazing! It has been a heck of a ride, but we have finally reached a red light. I would like to give a shout-out to all of the Wingspan staff, as well as our hard-working editor Kristin Boyd! I hope everyone has an amazing summer.

Until next time,

Eric Yanez

The End Is Near

Hey, Hawks!

I hope you have had a great week. It is nearing the end of the semester and everyone is rushing to get things done, study for finals and figure out what they are going to do for the summer. It is weird because summer vacation is so near and still feels so far because the school workload has yet to slow down (in fact, I think it might be speeding up).

This week, our new CAB executive board was elected, which was pretty exciting. The new president and vice president of CAB are going to be Diveanne Martinez and Katelynn Rivardo, respectively. They are going to do an amazing job.

Also, our final HLI meeting was this week. The meeting consisted of Credo presentations. Everyone in HLI went up and gave a presentation on how HLI has impacted their life either as a leader or an individual (or both). Dr. Biggers, David Rachita, Patrick (the Director of Student Orgs and Activities) and Andrew (the Director of Student Life) were all present. It was an emotional and amazing experience. We had complete creative freedom, so we did not just have PowerPoint presentations. People baked a cake or cookies, played a saxophone, wrote a children’s storybook and more.

Speaking of HLI, this is my last year as a member because the program is only two years long. However, I applied to become a Success Coach, which means I could potentially stay another year, mentoring first-year HLI members. It is still too soon to tell, but I am excited by the possibility of it.

On Friday night, I volunteered at the Bayou Theater by taking people’s tickets, which was an interesting experience that I really enjoyed. I volunteered on behalf of UHCL’s Music Club, who had a concert the next day! The concert was amazing. There are no words to describe how perfect it went. Madison Stults, the president of Music Club, was so nervous before the show and I remember telling her, “It’s not going to be perfect, but it’s going to be amazing.” I was wrong! It was, in fact, pretty perfect. The emcees, Justin Murphy and Andy Robb, were hilarious and eased transitions between performances. The performers, which included Diveanne Martinez, Izuh Ikpeama, Dr. Dubrovskiy, Makayla Ellis and more, were all spectacular! Students, staff, faculty, family and friends attended, cheered, clapped and cried.

The UHCL Music Club Concert was a perfect way for the organization to end the year. I hope I can find a way to do the same!

 

Until next time, Hawks!
-Natalia