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The end is near

I noticed how fast these weeks have gone, but it hasn’t hit me until now. The first freshman class will no longer be the babies of the university and it is only going to get harder. The pressure is on, and I am ready for anything this university has in store for me. There is so much more to learn and new experiences to witness. The only thing I am worried about at this point is passing my finals. Well, of course, I am going to pass, but I hope I am able to maintain my GPA.

biancaOver the weekend, I attended the 37th Annual Student Leadership Banquet and received my certificate for completing all the rigorous requirements of the Hawk Leadership Institute. It felt great receiving my award because at the beginning there was 18 of us in the group and only 12 of us made it to the end. All of our thoughts on leadership have grown and improved over the course of the year and now it is time for the next step. I will definitely be involved with the Hawk Leadership Institute next year. This year was full of self-reflection and development and now it is time for manifestation and clarity. The requirements are not set in stone for year two of HLI, but so far we are going to be required to be an orientation leader or an officer of any organization. We will also act as mentors for the new students coming into HLI next year. I am already an orientation leader, so I have that covered, and I can’t wait to meet the next round of HLI students.

Seeing many of my peers accepting their awards was a satisfying feeling. It motivated me to want to work harder and get my name out there. I promised myself that next year I will be accepting more than two awards. There is no “if’s”, “and’s”, or “but’”s about it. I am just warming up.

It is official, I will be inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) on May 2. I have also applied for two officer positions for the society, and I hope I land one of them. If I get elected for the secretary position or the new member orientation chair I will be satisfied. It is time to put all my words into action and hold a position in a student organization. It is a lot of pressure, but I know I can do anything I set my mind to.

-Bianca

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You have to play the hand you are dealt

I am so stressed. Every time I run my fingers through my hair more and more continues to fall out. I guess it is okay since I have hair as thick as the Earth’s mantle. I have around a month left of school with so many major assignments due. I think I am going to cry.

Two speeches and two exams, two astronomy exams, two major papers in writing, two tests and a ten-minute presentation for Introduction to mass communication all in a month. Lately, I have been procrastinating and now I get overwhelmed with just the thought of my upcoming assignments. I told myself at the beginning of the year I would never procrastinate, but that is what college does to you. It knocks you down to your knees and now I just have to get right back up and do what I have to do.

I keep telling myself, “just one more month.” I have been through the majority of the school year being a first generation college student, and I have done really well. My planner is still my life and the only thing keeping me sane.

*Takes deep breathe* Just one more month.

On the other hand, I have some really exciting things coming up. For the Hawk Leadership Institute, I have a presentation coming up that will reflect all the aspects of leadership I have learned. I can present it in any form I like, and I am glad I have the chance to tell my peers everything I have learned and what I am going to do next. I will also be attending the Annual Student Leadership Banquet to receive an award for my achievements in HLI. How exciting! My mother Yolanda Gonzalez and my better half, Ibrahim Bouras will be by my side while I receive it and that is the most exciting part for me. They get to see how hard I have worked, and I know how proud both of them are of me. I want to let them know that my accomplishments are not just for me, but for them and my family as well.

At this rate, I will definitely be inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success. I heard the majority of the officers will be graduating this semester so I will certainly apply for an officer position. I was very involved this school year, but I am going to go above and beyond next year. The majority of the school will either know me or know of me. I am going to grab the bull by the horns. I am going to make a difference here on campus, I promise.

This week, I will begin my first Orientation Leader workshop and I am so excited to learn things I did not know. I will let you all know how that goes.

bianca1So, I was fostering a puppy from the League City Animal Shelter, and I am so eager to announce that I found Leana a home. The best part? My friend Melody Ayala adopted her, so I still get to visit. She goes by the name of Sandy now and even has another dog to play with. I feel great knowing I was able tobianca2 find her a new home with a loving owner. She was such a sweet dog, and I actually kind of miss her. I was so close to adopting her myself, but once my friend Melody told me she was interested and she had another dog I was over the moon. It was like a win-win for everyone. I hope Melody and Sandy are enjoying each other’s company. 🙂

-Bianca