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Natalia stares down the first wave of exams

Hey Hawks! 

I hope y’all had a good week. I won’t say a fun week, because that’s an unrealistic expectation to have for the first midterm week of the semester. I hope exams went well for everyone. If not, don’t worry! It is only the first set of exams. There will be more opportunities to really bring your grade up. 

I had three exams this week: Human Anatomy Lecture, Human Anatomy Lab, and Organic Chemistry II. The first one was relatively easy. It helps that I had already taken (and dropped) this class a year ago. I spent the whole weekend writing all over whiteboards in a random classroom in SSCB with two of my closest friends. It was very reminiscent of freshman year, when we all met and decided to get together on campus to study. We tried reserving a room in the library, working at a table in the atrium and even at the Patio Café. Nowhere really seemed to work, especially because we get very easily distracted. One day, we decided to try studying in a random classroom so that we could use the projector as well as the whiteboard. This changed everything! Suddenly, we were getting As in our classes. It felt really good to finally find a studying technique that worked with us. We haven’t stopped using it since! Every time we have an exam coming up, we come to campus on a weekend and spend hours in a random classroom. Unsurprisingly, it worked this time around! All three of us got an A+ on our exam.  

The other two exams were a different story, especially because we couldn’t find time to study together for Human Anatomy Lab and we aren’t together in the other class. I don’t know what my grade is going to be for these, but I don’t feel too worried.  

My main focus right now is working out ideas and plans on how to make Campus Activities Board better next semester! As I have previously mentioned in past blogs, I’m going to run for president of CAB. I know I shouldn’t get my hopes up about winning, but I still want to take the time to fully research and plan how I can change CAB for the better through this position. I am aware that I might not be elected, but that’s better than winning and not having any idea what to do. Wish me luck!  

A fun thing I did this weekend as a reward for myself for having survived three exams was go see the new marvel movie: “Black Panther!” I’m not a big superhero fan, but I was very excited about the fact that it was coming out. Black representation in the media is so important! I encourage everyone to go see it. It’s a great movie with a great cast. Also, this will get you even more ready to see “Avengers: Infinity War” on May 4. 

It was really nice to relax and hang out with my family after a stressful week. After the movie, we went to Jack-in-the-Box at around 10 p.m. to have some breakfast! I highly recommend their #21 at any time of the day!  

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

– Natalia  pastedImage


Eric’s stressing about stress

Welcome back Hawks,

I hope everyone is having a great semester so far. I’m sure not having the best time right now. This semester has been nonstop. I can hardly breathe. I don’t think that I have ever been this stressed in my entire college career. Every semester has its downfalls and my final college semester has a ton of challenges. Usually I get the hang if a semester after about a week, but I have yet to get in the swing of this one. Every day is a new hurdle that needs to be overcome, and sometimes I end up running into them.

I have not done a weekly favorite this semester and I would like to bring the snippet back. I’m really into Celebrity Big Brother right now. I have been obsessed with the show since it first aired. It is amazing to see all the drama and challenges the players have to overcome. I am currently rooting for Omarosa Manigault to win, because she is great at causing beef with the other contestants.

One of my main fears after graduation is being vulnerable to the world. All my life I’ve been sheltered, so it is going to be rather difficult to leave the nest. I plan on moving out shortly after graduation, and it’s honestly one of my biggest fears. I feel as if I’m going to miss my mom’s homemade meals, the free cable and free Wi-Fi! Like all good things in life, one must be able to adjust.

Well that’s it for this week Hawks! Mid-Terms are right around the corner! Be sure to study up. If you guys need any study tips/college tips be sure to check out some of my previous blogs. Hope you all have a great week!


-Eric Yanez

Natalia’s blaming it on Zelda and loving panels

Hey Hawks!

I hope y’all have had another amazing week at UHCL. Mine, as always, has been insanely busy.

I’ve tried to study every day to get ready for my first upcoming midterms, but I get very easily distracted. I think I’m going to have to make my family hide my Nintendo Switch because I can’t seem to stop playing Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. If you haven’t played it yet, you should! If you don’t have a Nintendo Switch, borrow one from a friend (not mine, I’m very protective of it)!

I did do one very exciting, school-related thing this week, though. I was part of a panel, hosted by UHCL’s First Year Seminar. The theme of the panel was community activism. My friend (and vice president of the Student Justice Organization) and I were invited to sit on the panel to represent SJO. We talked extensively about student activism, specifically on campus. The other panelists were amazing! One of them was Adrienne Bell, who is running for US Congress TX-`14! It was so exciting to meet her, share a panel with her and talk with her afterwards. She’s definitely got my vote.

I love being on panels. I love talking about things I’m passionate about. It’s so wild to think about how during my first year at UHCL I loved panels because I loved being in the audience and hearing people’s different perspectives and passions. Now, I’m the one on the panel! It’s crazy how things change.

I went to school over the weekend so I could study and make up for all the time I’ve spent not-studying (i.e. playing videogames). It was boring and tedious, but I think it was definitely worth it! I feel very confident about my upcoming exams. Me, studying intensely, is something that has not changed since my freshman year (and probably will not change once I go to grad school).

Next week’s blog will probably be even less exciting, as I will be mostly taking exams and stressing about them.

Until next time, Hawks!

– NataliapastedImage

Natalia is starting to miss… studying? And she is on a wall!

Blog3_Natalia.pngHey Hawks!

It’s another great week at UHCL. It’s finally starting to feel like the semester has truly begun. The test anxiety has commenced.

I spent my week studying for upcoming exams. It actually feels kind of fun to sit down and intensively take in information. I missed studying. Is that a lame thing to say? I don’t care. I’ve been thinking a lot about how much I enjoy school. As much as I can’t wait to graduate, I will miss school a lot. Thankfully (and hopefully) I will be going to graduate school shorty after graduation. I may take a year off, focus on getting a job (to pay for grad school) and/or only study part time while I work full time. It all still seems very far away, even though I know that it’s not.

I had Hawk Leadership Institute again this week, which was really good. The coordinators, Yolanda Barnes and Kanalyn Jackson, were not able to make it because they had a conference at A&M that day, so it was entirely up to the peer mentors to facilitate the whole two hours. It went amazing. It felt so good to be able to do so much without direct supervision. I felt very competent and like a true team member alongside my fellow peer mentors. I definitely want to pursue more leadership roles. Speaking of, I am considering running for CAB president.

It’s wild to thing that I’ve come this far in terms of my relationship with leadership. I used to think being a leader was something that would always be extremely foreign to me. And now I’m, literally on the leadership wall outside of the Patio Café. I’m excited to look back in several years and feel proud of myself and glad that I said yes to so many opportunities.

I have a really good feeling about this semester. I feel like there will be a lot of growth.

Until next time, Hawks!

– Natalia

Natalia’s trip back to Mexico and HLI life

Hey Hawks!


I hope you all had another great week. Mine was pretty good. I started out by going to Mexico for the weekend. That’s right! I drove over 10 hours on Friday night, stayed for a day, then drove another 10 hours back on Sunday morning. It was really exhausting, but totally worth it. My entire family got together to celebrate my grandpa’s 80 birthday. It was super exciting. We made everyone shirts and everything. My favorite part was being able to see my two favorite cousins, Victor and Valeria. It’s crazy to me how much we’ve all grown. I remember when we were just little kids, running around and picking on each other. Now, one of them works full-time for an amazing company, another is on her second year of graphic design, and I’m… well I’m approaching graduation at a terrifying speed!


I got back to Houston late on Sunday night, but (luckily) I don’t have class on Mondays until 1 p.m. However, I was still struggling to stay awake in three hour lectures.


The rest of the week was kind of boring. I went to class, slept, ate probably more than I should have and then probably less than I should have. Friday was a really fun day, though! I had a Hawk Leadership Institute meeting with everyone. It felt good to see everyone again after such a long time. Being in that space made me reflect a lot about my time at UHCL, especially concerning HLI. HLI was the very first organization I joined on campus. I joined it before I actually had my first day of school. It’s so fascinating to see how much the program has grown, and how much I have grown with and from it. My goal for this semester is to be a good mentor to my mentees, so that they can get out of HLI what I did during my first two years at UHCL.


Other than that, my week was pretty uneventful, but still good.


Until next time, Hawks!

– Natalia

Eric is looking forward to his final semester

My journey as a UHCL student is slowly coming to an end. Never did I imagine I would reach the end of the tunnel. Although the semester didn’t start as planned, I can tell it’s going to be a great one.

The start of the semester was a grim reminder that I’m not going to be treated as child my entire life.  I started to realize I was a man when my mother, out of the blue, said, “its time you start paying bills around the house”. It struck me like a bullet, so I made sure I paid the least expensive bills. Man, I can’t wait to be rich. Before I become an official adult, I have to make it through this scary looking semester. This is the first time in my entire college career thus far that I will be taking 18 credit hours. I know it is going to be a lot to juggle, but it was the only way to ensure a graduation this May, because Chemistry set me back a class. I have reminded myself many times that procrastination will be a thing of the past this semester. (Let’s hope I stick to it!)

Anyone else enjoy the icy weather? It sure was an early graduation present right?! I was happy to enjoy my two extra vacation days lounging around the house watching Netflix. I deserved it after being very active the past few weeks. During the winter break I focused a lot on staying healthy. This mainly changed my diet (which consisted of junk). I wanted to start a good meal plan in December so that when the new year came I’d be used to veggies. Last year my main goal was to exercise and be somewhat healthy. I’m proud to have stuck with it the entire year, and this coming year I will become even more strict with my diet.

Well, that’s it for this week Hawks. How exciting is it to be back and document my last couple of weeks at UHCL? Cheers to a great semester!

Congratulations Class of 2018! We are in the final stretch to become the first freshman class at UHCL to gradate! I cannot wait to share my last few experiences at UHCL with you all!


Natalia’s Winter Break in Mexico

Hey Hawks!

I hope you have all enjoyed your week back. It feels kind of like déjà vu, doesn’t it? Last semester, we also had to wait a bit before starting the new semester due to the weather. Thankfully, icy roads are less disastrous than a full blown hurricane.

The winter break was really fun and well deserved. I spent most of it in Mexico, visiting family and eating delicious food. However, I was genuinely ready to go to school right away. Of course, Mother Nature had other plans. I did enjoy getting to sleep in a bit more, though!

My first week consisted of a Hawk Leadership Institute retreat, in which we all worked as a team on a service project at Armand Bayou Nature Center, and a Campus Activities Board meeting at school. The service project went great! It was a really cold day, but we layered up and dug up a bunch of weeds. It was oddly satisfying. I never do any kind of physical activity, so it was a nice change of pace. We also got the chance to reconnect with everyone in HLI, which was really nice. I missed everyone a lot. At school on Thursday morning, I went to a CAB meeting with all the committee chairs. It was exciting to talk about all the exciting upcoming events that CAB has in store for UHCL! Keep an eye out for those.

I had only a couple classes my first day (and zero on the second day), so my first week felt incredibly short. Still, it was nice to see all of my friends, professors and classmates. It’s nice to get back into the groove of things. I like following a specific schedule and knowing what my day will look like ahead of time. Maybe this is why I was ready to come back from the winter break.

All in all, it still feels like school hasn’t properly started yet, but I’m very excited for it to. I will keep all of y’all posted on my adventures this semester.

Until next time, Hawks!

– Natalia