A Week Full of Surprises and Jump Scares

We are more than halfway into the semester! Finals are going to creep up on us in no time. I have to maintain my sanity because my brain is going to be fried during the coming weeks. Nonetheless, I have still managed to de-stress a bit more than I previously have. My week was full of meeting famous movie producers and going to an annual haunted house trip.

This past Friday, I attended a UHCL Film and Speaker Series. I have not been to one in a while and that night I remembered why I loved them so much. The film of the night was titled “The Head of Joaquin Murrieta,” and it was produced by John J. Valadez. The premise of the film was that Valadez wanted to dig into his family history. Valadez was able to captivate the enitre audience with his emotional scenes. Afterwards, he hosted a Q and A session between himself and the audience. I was even able to meet Valadez and learn more about Hispanic history.

14711383_10154495699831420_2474448051227401363_oThe day after the film session, I was horrified because it was the dreaded annual haunted house trip. My cousins and I attend a haunted house every year; it has become our tradition. I was spooked by a variety of creatures this year—my least favorite of which being the clowns. Unfortunately, my cousins are as much scaredy cats as I am. Do you want to know what they did? Of course, they had to push me to the front of the line! So, naturally, I was always the first to jump when a scary moment came up.

Nevertheless, I enjoy haunted houses. They are always different depending on where you go. I love the excitement of attending various haunts to see the different ways in which they will scare me. You never know what to expect!

Well, that is it for this week, Hawks. Do not forget to study vigorously for those finals. Show them who is the boss! Have a great week, guys!

Patience is the Key to Success

Hey Hawks!

I hope that everyone has been having another great week at UHCL. This week has been nothing but me running about everywhere, trying to get things done. I have been semi-successful.

I finally went to the eye doctor to get new glasses, much to my friends’ relief. I have been complaining about my eyesight for months now, and it has even become a hindrance when driving. Hopefully my new glasses will come in this week. They are green, so I will be walking around with blue hair and green glasses—talk about school pride!

images-2I have also been working on way too many projects, but I cannot really complain considering they were assigned ages ago and I have just been procrastinating. What is college without some procrastination, though, right? As with everything in life, however, there must be some level of moderation. This week, I ended up having to drop one of my classes because I was so behind and could not afford it negatively affecting my GPA. Instead, I am going to take the class over the summer, so that I can get a decent grade on it. Dropping a class is bittersweet—I feel guilty for giving up, but I am also highly relieved that I have much less stress to worry about. In the end, I think it was a smart decision. It is always hard to drop classes, but I know it is not the end of the world. For example, a few semesters ago, I dropped Intro to Psychology and felt really bad about it. However, I am taking it this semester and have above an A in the class! It just goes to show that there is a time for everything, and you have just got to make those tough decisions for your own betterment.

In other news, HLI finally had their canine training, which means that we will now be able to volunteer directly with the dogs at Bay Area Pet Adoptions. While there, I met the sweetest pup in the world. Her name is Pepper. She is around 4 years old, has a heart murmur, is partially blind, and may not have much time left to live. Despite these health problems, she is a happy doggy who deserves a fur-ever home. I am in the process of convincing my dad to let me adopt her. I will keep you posted.

That’s it for this week, Hawks! Until next time.



Spirit Week Helped Relive Stress

Hey, Hawks!

It looks like we have survived another week. Thankfully, we are officially halfway done with the semester, so we just have to hang in there for a few more months. I hope that by this time you guys have gotten into the groove of things.

This week has been incredibly fast-paced, with exams, assignments, quizzes, and school events at every turn. I have managed to keep my stress levels in check, though, by making sure that I schedule play time with my favorite puppy.

img_8735aThis week was UHCL’s spirit week, so I hope that you guys all made it to I Heart UHCL Day! It was super fun, with lots of student organizations showing up with interesting information, fun games, and even prizes. My favorite part had to be the giant Jenga set up by Delta Xi Nu.

On Friday, I went to the Menil Collection with a group of friends for a class assignment. Afterwards, we de-stressed by hanging out at the Galleria. It was really fun, considering I had not hung out in Houston for a long time.

That night, CAB (Campus Activities Board) hosted a Glow Dance, which included free t-shirts, glow in the dark paint, fun music, and even the chance to play Mario Kart on Wii. I stayed for a few hours and found it to be a worthwhile experience. I highly recommend going to CAB-hosted events as these have generally been my favorite events to attend.

I spent a lot of my free time with my friend’s puppy, George, who is currently the highlight of my life. I hope that this upcoming week I can find enough time to spend time with her, since I do not want her to forget me or stop loving me. Being greeted at the door by an excited pup and getting lots of loving puppy kisses is literally the best thing on earth.

I hope that you guys have a great week! I will see you around.

  • Natalia

Some Things Just Never Change

Can anyone believe that we are on week no. 9 of 15 already?! Stress sure can make time fly. Midterm season was a raging war this semester. It involved a lot of slamming my face in a pillow and taking frequent breaks in between studying.

0ec58dd764b8f2614611249e51e7c879701a16a3a09daf1fca97f43f7578fdb9It is time that I start to reflect on how different my study habits are now from when I first started college. High school was a cake walk for me. I never did any real studying, but when I got to college, that all changed. I learned that, to be successful in my classes, I had to study… a lot! During my first two semesters, I was focused and would study for hours at a time. I however would study a couple days before the exams if not the night before. Has this changed? The simple answer is no. I have changed my study habits a bit, but not too much. I try to study here and there. For instance, during my drive to school, I sometimes listen to videos relating to the class. But, for the most part, my study habits have remained the same. I still study the majority of the information for a given exam a night or two before the exam. I know that this is never the right way to study, but I am just a pro when it comes to procrastinating. I have had times when I could not jam all of the information into my brain in the amount of time that I gave myself, and I know that the day is going to come when it happens again. I am basically trained to regurgitate information. It is a pretty good skill that I have, if I do say so myself, but it is not very good for many classes. For instance, this is not a great strategy for chemistry. Dr. Dubrovsky, a chemistry professor at UHCL, told me that chemistry is about understanding the concepts and not about memorizing the formulas and elements. I took his advice and studied my butt off for the next exam well in advance. This included office hour visits and study sessions. Fingers crossed! I hope that I did well on that exam—even with more studying, I did blank out on a couple of questions. I am hoping for a “B”.

Well, that is all for this week, everyone! I hope that you have all survived midterms unscathed and that you have a great week. Do not forget that finals are about to creep up on us pretty soon.


Mid-Terms and Animal Shelters

Hey Hawks!

I hope that you guys have had another great week. I honestly think that this past week has been the most stressful so far. I know that I keep saying that every week, but it just keeps getting worse! It’s OK, though, because midterms have passed and I believe that this upcoming week will be full of fun things!

unspecified-4I had another two midterms this past week, which I know I did not do my best on. It sucks when that happens, but I think it is important to remember that grades do not define us. They are not an accurate reflection of our intelligence and, much less, of our worth. Yeah, it’s important to have good grades because it opens up a ton of opportunities in the long run, but the truth is that one bad grade is not going to ruin your life. You have to pick yourself up and learn from your mistakes so that you can improve. And if you still get low grades, then you can always reach out to the various free tutors on campus. (However, it is not recommended for you to wait until the very last second to seek help). I know that these two bad grades do not reflect who I am as a person or what I am capable of.  What they do reflect, however, is that I have been slacking off in those particular classes and need to really get it together. I am determined to do so!

There were a few good things that happened this week, though. I ran for Pre-Vet Chair of PHSA (Pre-Health and Science Association) and, since I am the only one who ran, I got it! I am very excited about it, because UHCL does not currently have a lot of pre-veterinary opportunities and I want to change that. I plan to bring light to many events that could benefit pre-vet majors, such as volunteer events, special guest speakers, and even field trips to places such as the zoo or aquarium.

To end the week on a good note, I went to an animal shelter with my friend, Madi Stults, so that she could adopt a doggy. We met the most beautiful, majestic and friendly dog ever! His name is Grizzly, and I cannot wait to be his favorite aunt. I also met and fell in love with a beautiful cat. She was so lovely, I could just eat her up. I played with her for a little while and she gave me love bites and climbed up my leg. I just wanted to put her in my pocket and run, but then I remembered that involves a lot of actual physical movement.

That’s it from me, Hawks. See you next week!

Natalia Marfil

The Three S’s of Mid-Terms….Study, Sleep, and Stress

Welcome back, Hawks!

We are about halfway through the semester, so Christmas will be here in no time. Sorry if I seem a little overexcited about Christmas this year—I have been a good boy. Usually around this time, college students tend to spend their days studying, sleeping and stressing. I always feel like I am doing something wrong when I do not feel as stressed as I should be.

stress-meter-2With spirit week right around the corner, students will be relieved to be able to de-stress a bit and enjoy all of the fun activities happening this coming week. With events like Campus Recess and I Heart UHCL Day, there is no doubt in my mind that everybody can find a fun event that appeals to their tastes. Heck, there is even Study PAWS, an event during which students can play with puppies to de-stress! Now, I have never been to this event but I always hear so many great things about it, so it might be worth checking out.

As for how I am doing academically, let’s just say that I am still functioning. I have always said that getting a planner would make things so much easier instead of having to remember all of the dates in my head. Yet, I am that lazy college student that sees the planner at the store and is too lazy to walk over and grab it. I seriously need to work on this procrastination thing. It has been a work in progress since I started life. Eric needs do start doing his work on time, and start cleaning his room on time—because, oh boy, does my mom get onto me for that one!

Well, that’s it for this week, Hawks! Don’t forget to study up and take breaks in between your study sessions. Go and enjoy spirit week at UHCL—and don’t forget to wear your blue and green! Go Hawks!

Creepy Clowns, Friend or Foe?

Welcome back, fellow Hawks!

I hope that you all had an amazing week no. 6 of classes. Can you believe that we are in week seven already?! Thanksgiving will be here in no time, and I am sure that I will have enough of an appetite to devour an entire turkey. The holiday season is getting underway, so during the next three months we should all expect to see pictures of Halloween costumes, turkeys and fat men in red suits.

It seems like everyone is going crazy about Halloween this year! I am not sure if I just missed everyone going bonkers over the holiday last year, or if I have been living under a rock, but I am trying to figure out what is going on. My Facebook feed erupted once October begin with things like: “OMG, it’s finally October!” Then again, there are some people taking it a little far by dressing up as clowns and then trying to scare the public… Apparently this has gotten out of hand and these clowns are supposedly showing up in odd, secluded places, like forests or the outside of some cities. To my understanding, though, they have not really done any harm to anyone, but the creepy clowns have been making threats to schools around the nation. All of this just makes me fear clowns even more than I already did. Ever since I saw the movie “It” adapted from the Stephen King novel, I have been unable to be in the same room as a clown. So if you ever want to see me panic, just take me to a clown convention (I am sure that is a thing in the world nowadays), and I guarantee that I will curl up into a ball and cry for my mom. Yes, even if I am a twenty-year-old adult.  a88797810e9b87c341132ab21d3be8943b33ee7b7da229f44f464776483b513f

Besides thinking of killer clowns during this past week, I was also able to enjoy a nice week of relatively cool weather. It finally feels like fall—sort of. It will still probably be 100 degrees by the end of next week. Now, I’m no meteorologist, but I do live in Texas and am well acquainted with the odd weather patterns that occur here.

Well, that’s it for this week, Hawks! I hope that everyone enjoys their first week of October. Now, do not let the impending holiday season make you forget that Midterms are heading our way. Oh, and try to avoid those creepy clowns too! Let’s hope that none come near our campus—otherwise, I might have to hire Hunter the Hawk to be my bodyguard.