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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

Happy Easter 2017!

Hey, Hawks!

Holy moly, the semester is almost over! It is the time of year when I start to panic and hope I get the grades I want. Stress is all that I feel when we are this close to the end. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, but there are still so many assignments to be done before I get there. Luckily, Easter was this past weekend and I could kick back and enjoy the holiday.

Every Easter my family visits a park near a body of water, and this year was no different. We decided to get in the car early Sunday morning and head to Corpus Christi. I had never been to Corpus Christi, so seeing all the beautiful beaches was outstanding. It was also amazing to watch my parents smile and enjoy the day. The egg hunt was great as well. I know I am a 21-year-old man, but who can turn down free candy? I am a champion at hide and seek, so an egg hunt is my bread and butter. I managed to beat my 6-year-old sister, so Easter 2017 was a success.

My new weekly favorite has got to be the new season of the TV show iZombie. I know I watch a lot of TV, but it is my favorite way to relieve stress. iZombie is a series that centers around a zombie named Liv Moree. Season 3 started a few weeks ago and I have been hooked. I crave to watch the next episode as soon as I finish each one and I hate having to wait an entire week to see the next one. There are jaw-dropping zombie moments that make my brain explode. This is definitely a show worth checking out, especially for those of you who may be looking for something to relieve stress as finals are approaching.

That is it for this week, Hawks. I hope everyone has an amazing last few weeks of classes. Next week will be my final blog for the semester, so stay tuned for a special read. Keep up the good work in those classes.

Until next week,

Eric

 

 

Final Events of the Semester

Hey, Hawks!

I hope that you all had a great week. I probably had one of the busiest weeks of my entire college career (as of now).

I had a total of four exams in the span of two days. They were not easy exams, either – all hard sciences. As you can imagine, I spent those two days holed up in the library, trying to cram as much information as I could. It was semi-successful.

Immediately after my last exam, I had to shift gears and plan the final details for the Chili Cook-Off. I needed to get supplies, buy all of the ingredients and coordinate with my volunteers. It was pretty hectic.

On Friday, which was the day before the Cook-Off, I needed to get everything in order and prepare the cook’s choice. I also needed to finish making decorations (which included spray painting a table cloth and burning a hazmat suit). The stressful part was that I needed to finish everything by 2:30 in the afternoon because the Music Club meeting started at 3:00. Then, at 5:00 in the evening, I had to volunteer for a really big CAB event.

CAB hosted an Outdoor Movie event. They had tried to do this a few months back, but it rained and they had to make it an indoor movie night. This Friday, the weather was thankfully really nice. The event began at 6:00 in the evening with lots of outdoor games, including an inflatable Connect Four, Frisbee, table tennis and hillbilly golf. I was stationed at an inflatable game called Alien Invasion, in which participants had to shoot balls using an air-based gun to knock off bigger balls that were hovering over cones. It was a big hit because it was so different.

The event also included popcorn, cotton candy, drinks and candy. There were also giveaways, which are always the best part of an event. The first 50 people to play five games got a flannel CAB blanket.

The movie, which was Guardians of the Galaxy¸ began at 8:00 that night. The movie screen was placed across the UHCL hill, while the audience sat on the hill. I usually only see students at these events, but it was nice to see so many families there this time. The event ended around 10:00 that night, and I did not get home until around midnight. The next day, which was Chili Cook-Off day, I woke up at 6:00 in the morning and headed to school.

The Chili Cook-Off, in my opinion, was a complete success for us. We did not win best chili or best cook’s choice, but we won best spirit – both the judged award and by popular vote. It felt really nice to be the one to hold the trophy for the pictures. It was incredibly rewarding, and made me feel like I had been a good leader to my team. I also loved how everyone in my team was noticeably having a great time! This is especially true for Madi, who was running around in an alien morph suit, and Tyler, who was dressed as an agent and chased the alien around. It was just an overall amazing day. I did get really sunburned, but it was worth it.

Until next time, Hawks!

-Natalia

Study Tips 3.0

Welcome back, fellow Hawks!

The weeks just keep flying on by. It is insane to remember things when time goes by this fast. Luckily, I have a few tips that can help with that—oh, and a new weekly favorite.

These are known as study tips 3.0 (3 for 3rd year). College is about drawing in as much knowledge as possible. Studying is one of those skills that is different from person-to-person. For example, I hate listening to music while I study, but other people cannot study without music. For me, the music is distracting and hinders my concentration. I either end up watching a cat video, or checking my Facebook account. An effective way to avoid this problem is to give yourself a time limit to work (e.g., 30 minutes), followed by a 5-minute break before you return to work. I tried this and it helped minimize the amount of time that I spent doing other things, distracted from my work, and helped me continually return to my assignment with a refreshed pair of eyes. Another tip I have learned is that studying information right before going to sleep helps me better take it in—heck, sometimes I even dream about school work.

My weekly favorite this past week has got to be a new restaurant that I started going to more frequently: Chick-fil-a is the bomb. A lot of their choices are healthy and at a reasonable price. It might not be quite as cheap as, say, McDonalds, but the quality is much better. It is worth checking out if you are a fan of chicken.

Well, that is it for this week, Hawks. Focus on school work and study up for the finals. Hang in there!

-Eric

A “Sick” Way to Spend Spring Break

Hey, Hawks!

I hope that you guys had a great spring break. We all needed this week-long break, did we not? I had originally planned to study and catch up on some classes, but things never go as planned.

I ended up catching a cold that knocked me off my feet. I spent most of my break sleeping it off. Do not get me wrong—I love sleep and was probably in need of a good rest, but I wish I could have been more productive. Fortunately, I felt better during the last few days and was able to work on a good deal of things.

Clearly, I did not do anything exciting like go out of town or even to the beach, but I still had an overall nice time. My grandma came over from Mexico, so I got to spend some time with her and eat some delicious authentic Mexican food. It was really fun to hang out with her. We both love watching movies, so we usually just rent a whole bunch and spend the whole day on the couch, eating popcorn and bingeing through our selection.

On Wednesday, a few friends and I went to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Houston. I had never been there before, so I did not know what to expect. I love art, especially cotemporary because the meaning behind a piece is sometimes hidden and this allows for various interpretations. The museum itself is quite small, but they had a great selection of pieces that really made me think. Afterwards, we walked around Houston and looked at statues nearby. We had planned to go to the Health Museum, but we could not find parking. I guess it was not very smart of us to go to museums in the middle of Spring Break. We will try to go on a weekday when we are off break, so that there are fewer people.

On Thursday, I met my girlfriend’s roommate’s new cat! She is precious and I already really love her. I have never had a cat of my own, so I am excited to see her do cat stuff around the house. She is super sweet and loves cuddling, which is perfect. Our only worry is that George, my girlfriend’s dog, will attack her. As of now, they have not met, but hopefully they will soon—and hopefully all will be well when they do.

That night, I went to the premiere of Beauty and the Beast! I am not actually a fan of that particular fairytale (frankly, the premise of it kind of disturbs me), but I thoroughly enjoyed the film. I thought it was amazing, especially the songs. I am a sucker for musicals, so that may be a reason why. The acting, wardrobe, and special effects were spectacular too, though. The next day, I went to the movies again, but this time I saw Kong. It was also a really good movie, especially if you liked previous King Kong films.

That is pretty much all I did this week. I hope that you guys had a fun and relaxing spring break!

Until next time, Hawks!

– Natalia