A lot of Studying, Volunteer Work, and Homework!

Hey, Hawks!

I hope that you had another great week here at UHCL. Mine consisted of a lot of studying, volunteer work, and homework. I know that it does not sound like a lot of fun, but not all weeks are exciting—that is just reality. At the end of the day, it was a very productive week, though.

I spent an entire day at school (8 AM – 10PM) simply catching up on all of my schoolwork. I wrote two lab reports, completed three homework assignments, and caught up on some textbook reading. It was basically a very intense study session, with little breaks in between each assignment. Of course it was not all that fun, but it needed to be done.

I also have my very first exam coming up this week, so my entire weekend consisted of my going over physiology notes rather than getting ready for the Super Bowl. I will admit that I am not a huge football fan, but I do enjoy emotional commercials and bean dip. Regardless, on exam day, I will be happy with how I chose to spend the weekend.

On Thursday, I volunteered at the volleyball event hosted by CAB. I am not very into sports myself, but it was still a lot of fun.

On Friday, I went back to Bay Area Pet Adoptions with my HLI family and we planned out our volunteer activities for the rest of the semester. It is very exciting to think about all of the amazing things that we have got ahead of us this semester. Hopefully, we will organize a fundraiser on campus! Keep your eyes out for that.

I also volunteered on Saturday, which was Hawk Premier. If you are not familiar with the event, it is basically an open house-type of thing, where potential UHCL students visit our campus. There were several informational booths in both atriums so that visitors could learn more about us. I was at the SLICE booth speaking to people about HLI. It was really nice getting to know people who could potentially join HLI. I am excited for their journey with us.

As you can see, it has been a very busy week. And I do not think the pace is going to be slowing down for next week. I will let you guys know.

I hope y’all had a fun week (or at least a productive one).

Until next time, Hawks!

– Natalia

A New Segment Is On The Way

Hey, Hawks!

Can anyone believe that we are about to head into week no. 4 of the semester? Holy cow, it is already almost midterm season! Time sure does fly. One minute, you are a child wanting to become an adult; the next, you want to stop aging as soon as possible.

Becoming an adult really was not what I imagined it to be. As a child, I dreamed that by the age 21 I would be a rich movie star. There was also the notion that once I turned 21 I would be partying a lot and drinking alcohol. As it turns out, I am not much of a fan of it. The taste just makes me want to barf. Although I may not be the movie star or party animal that I envisioned, I am still a pretty great guy—a great guy that loves to save money! Trust me, that is not easy when you are a college kid.

It is amazing how much money I have saved by not buying fast food. As a college kid, I am always on the go, so fast food used to be a great option. I used to eat fast food an average of 5-6 times per week. Well, that is a thing of the past now. As I mentioned earlier in the semester, I have turned over a new leaf. Believe me, I craved a lot of junk food during the first few days—even weeks—but it soon became a habit to not eat it and I even lost interest. It has now been eight weeks since I started eating healthier. I am always counting calories now.

I also want to say that I am planning on introducing a new segment to my blogs. There is always new stuff popping up, such as new memes, apps, videogames, movies, TV shows, etc. With an endless amount of content like this, I thought that it would be fun for me to share my favorite new obsession of the week with you guys. I will not be starting this week, but next week it shall begin!

Well, this is where my blog ends. I hope that you all have a wonderful week—and be sure not to slack off!

See you,

A Year of Self-Development

Week no. 2 is officially over! We are about to head into February and the stress is starting to settle in.

Junior year has been a year of self-development. I am amazed every day at how different I am now than I was 2 years ago when I started this great journey. Of course I had those days where I was too comfortable in my bed to get up, but I still managed to sneak in 10 extra minutes every time to get me through the day. I, of course, have a bag full of secrets that have helped me through my college career. For example, I set two alarms: One alarm at 6:00 AM and one at 10:00 AM. I wake up at 6 AM, but then go back to sleep so that I trick my brain into thinking I have more time to sleep. Does that make sense? I am not sure if it is scientifically proven, but it seems to help me.

The second week of the semester usually ignites some sort of stress in students. Weeks two and three are the most difficult for me. One of the main reasons is that during the break I did not have the term college in my vocabulary. It is always difficult getting used to a new schedule, especially after having no schedule for over a month. This is what makes starting a semester so hard! Luckily, UHCL offers a lot of stress-free events.

Many exciting events happened this past week at UHCL, such as the student organization expo and the showing of the Disney movie Moana! Unfortunately, my schedule did not allow me to make it to the organization expo, but I know that there are many more new clubs available to students. There is seriously a club for everything—heck, I remember seeing a cooking/baking club last semester that I meant to join. But let us not forget about the Moana showing! Didn’t this movie just come out in theatres?! It is crazy that UHCL is already showing it! I would say that those are the perks of being a hawk.

Well, that is all for this week! Be sure to maintain good attendance in classes and study, study, study!



My week consisted of organization meetings, birthday parties, and leadership workshops!

Hey Hawks!

I hope that by now you have settled nicely into this new semester. My week consisted of organization meetings, birthday parties, and leadership workshops.

I stopped by the Student Orgs Expo this week. Even though I was not staffing a booth, I walked around and helped some of my friends with their booths. It is interesting to see how organizations grow throughout the semester and how new ones emerge. This was the first time the Green Hawks (an eco-friendly student organization) came out to the expo. I thought that they seemed very interesting.

I also attended this semester’s first CAB meeting. I am really excited for all of the upcoming projects and events that CAB is putting together! Keep your eye out for those!

On Tuesday, it was my girlfriend’s 21st birthday! We did not do much because Tuesdays are our busiest schooldays. Instead, we had a party at her house on Friday. It was a really great stress-reliever to have at the end of a busy week.

On Saturday, I went to an indoor miniature golf course, (in which I got my butt kicked), which was a lot of fun! I also got to play a lot of vintage games, like street fighter and pinball. It was super fun.

On Sunday, I visited my girlfriend’s parents and we all got together for a movie night.

Overall, it has been a great week full of fun activities, but I feel like I am probably forgetting to do assignments. I am still trying to get the hang of when weekly homework is due for each class, as well as remembering to print out notes for each class beforehand. I even got to school 3 hours late once because I forgot that I had class that day! Hopefully this upcoming week will be better in that respect.

Until next time, Hawks!

– Natalia

Another semester already?

Hey, Hawks!

Can you believe that it is another semester already? It seems that only yesterday I was stressing about finals. Now, I have got other things to stress about. This semester is the first one during which I am taking solely science classes, so I have got to really help myself stay motivated throughout the entire semester. Of course, this does not mean that there is not any time to have fun!

Student orgs are already starting to hold events for the spring semester, including the newly-re-named Office of Student Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (formerly known as Intercultural Student Services) which held a bingo night recently. I was hanging out in SSCB when I ran into the event, so I decided to participate. I ended up going home with a beanie, an umbrella and a tumbler.

On that same night, Orientation and New Student Programs (ONSP) also held a bingo night and provided participants with snacks, refreshments and even blue and green popcorn.

Keep your eye out for more student orgs! They are a great way to de-stress, pass the time, and have fun.

If all else fails, then I would suggest visiting UHCL’s art gallery which is now displaying an exhibit called Reflecting Reimaging, which includes selections from Glassell School of Art Studio faculty members. It is a very thought-provoking exhibit, unlike anything I have ever seen at UHCL.

Apart from these few events, I have not been up to much. I have bought all my books, half-started my homework, and have already started procrastinating. Still, I am very hopeful about this semester! I will keep you guys updated.

Until next time, Hawks!

– Natalia

Let the Semester Begin!

Welcome back Hawk,

I hope everyone has enjoyed their winter break as well as the first week of classes! Man, it sure has been a busy week. No more sleeping in and staying cozy until 12 PM every day. School is back in session and that means that stress is back, too.

With the start of a new year, I decided to make a couple of new year resolutions. My new year resolutions this upcoming semester include being more productive with my time. For example, I started working out by going running in the mornings. It helps me to relieve stress. Another resolution would be to eat healthier food options. During the past couple of weeks, I have been eating more organic food and less fast food. Finally, my third resolution would be to keep up my grades. I have decided to take 16 credit hours this semester, which is the most I have taken in a semester. It is a little intimidating, but I know I can push myself to do well. With only a couple of years left in college, it is important to try to reach my maximum potential.

It is crazy to think that, in just a year and a half, I am going to be walking down the stage and grabbing my degree. College has been a great, but difficult journey. Junior year has been a heck of a ride. I am glad to know that it is almost over. I am super excited to finish my last three semesters at UHCL with a bang. UHCL has given me many amazing opportunities. I am thankful everyday to be part of such a great school.

Well, that’s it for this week, Hawks. Have an amazing second week of classes! Until next week here are a couple of tips for the semester:

  1. Don’t get lazy
  1. Go to class
  1. Ask for help
  1. Take breaks











I Am Thankful For My Three Stomachs

Welcome back, Hawks!

I hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving break. Now that the break is officially over, it is time to push on forward and finish these last two weeks of school. I am sad to say that I procrastinated throughout the whole break, and Sunday was my catch-up day—so many assignments, so many headaches.

Thanksgiving Day was the same as usual for me. My mom makes a turkey, and I stuff my three stomachs full of stuffing. My entire family gathers around, we tell many memorable stories and, in the end, we get spooked by telling scary stories. I am a big fan of the supernatural, so this is my favorite part of the night. I really love my mom. She is like super human because she makes so many food choices in a short period of time. It is like she has eight arms that she uses secretly. Aside from lavishing my mouth with all the great food that my mom made, I did not do much unless you count finishing an entire season of a TV show in less than ten hours.

My favorite part about the Thanksgiving holiday is the leftovers. I think that the food tastes ten times better when it is reheated. You can guarantee that I ate Thanksgiving dinner throughout this entire weekend, and I am probably going to eat it tomorrow as well. I did try and get a bit creative when I ate leftovers, such as making turkey/stuffing sandwiches. Since I am a big fan of tacos I also made turkey tacos. Those were some of the best tacos I have ever made. I am pretty sure that I could win a cooking competition with that recipe.

Well, that is it for this week. I hope that everyone has a wonderful day—and do not forget to study up for finals!