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Two Weeks In, Way-Too-Many-To-Count To Go!

Nothing says “welcome back” like a school-wide social with upbeat music, games, and (you guessed it!) free food. The Welcome Back Bash was, honestly, a lot more fun than I expected. After experiencing a handful of boring, unorganized and just plain sad welcome back pep rallies in high school, the success of the Welcome Back Bash really came as a surprise to me. It was a fantastic way to start the semester and to get to know a lot of new people. Everyone I’ve met at UHCL so far has been so friendly. (I wonder if it’s a Southern thing?)

Speaking of meeting new people, another great way to socialize (while at the same time adding things to your résumé) is joining student organizations. One of my new semester resolutions is to become more involved in extracurricular activities, so the Student Organization Expo could not have come at a better time. Astronomy Club, Student Social Work Organization, Music Club, Psychology Club, Unity Club – just to name a few I’m incredibly interested in – make me sure that this is going to be a super busy, super fun and super fulfilling semester.

Of course, it can’t all just be free hamburgers and talking about aliens. (Apparently that’s what they do in the Astronomy Club while they’re out stargazing. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?) Schoolwork has to remain my main focus. I suppose I’m doing an all right job; considering I spend most of my free time on campus in the library. (Call me a nerd. It’s fine. I accept the title.) I have to do math problems upon math problems, essay-writing, and read endless chapters of things I half understand. Fun, right? Well actually, yes. All of my professors have been entertaining enough to keep me awake, and the assignments haven’t been all that hard so far. My main goal here is to master time management. Luckily, I’ve already signed up for the upcoming SLICE workshop to help me out. Exciting stuff.

Okay, so maybe these aren’t incredibly interesting things to share, but the school year has just started. I’ll leave you guys with a few things I’ve discovered these past few weeks:

  • The chicken tenders at the Patio Café are on point.chicken tenders
  • It’s unbelievably hard to find a power outlet near a bench/chair/table.
  • It’s so fast and easy to get your student ID (so if you haven’t yet, you should!)
  • Printing is free at the computer labs (with your student ID)
  • The bookstore totally knows what’s up. The day I forgot my earphones at home, they had my back.
  • Having blue hair makes you really recognizable, which is something I like but am still getting used to.

See you next week with more updates, fellow Hawks!

-Natalia

It’s Good to be Back!

It’s been a long summer Hawks! I’m glad to be back at it again. Eric 2.0 is in progress. For those who are new to UHCL, or do not know who I am in general, my name is Eric Yanez. I am a sophomore, and I was part of the first freshman class to attend the University of Houston – Clear Lake. I have been blogging my freshman experience since I started attending UHCL. My blogs consists of on campus events, my opinion on topics and many other situation-type-cases.

Eric1Not gonna lie. Being a sophomore feels pretty great. The main reason for this is because I’m pretty proud of myself knowing that all my hard work last year paid off. It’s not everyday someone can accomplish getting 30 or more college credit hours. I already have many topics I want to cover. I have been dying to talk about the incoming freshmen, or as I like to call them the Freshmen 2.0. Throughout the summer I would greet all of these incoming freshman. When I saw them I’d say to myself, “Wow! did I look like that last year?!” This was because I was shocked at how young they looked. I feel like I’m an old goober now.

There’s been so much that’s happened this week; I won’t be able to fit it all into one blog. I promise I’ll get all my summer experiences out to you guys!

One thing I do want to talk about in this blog is parking. I hope I don’t sound like I’m ranting, but man, parking gets terrible from one moment to another. It’s like our cars reproduce at breakneck speed. I used to be able to arrive on campus at 8:30 a.m. and get one of the first parking spots, but now it feels like I have to take a walk through the desert. On the bright side, we do have more students through the halls of UHCL. I’m not gonna lie, I do miss the peace and quiet, but having more students makes UHCL feel more like a four-year university. The newfreshmen are like the sprinkles on an ice-cream sundae.

Speaking of having more interaction on campus, did anyone see how big of a success we had with the Welcome Back Bash!? This year’s Welcome Back Bash was better than last year’s. It just felt more alive. There was way more to do and having it outside with the trees and nature preserve just made it a well-rounded event. They had a dunking booth and even water pong! Shout out to Bianca Salinas for being the champion!

A year ago I couldn’t have imagined UHCL as upbeat as it is now. There’s just more noise, and that isn’t a bad thing. Everyone was talking about the bash. I got to see many of the people I had to orientate during the summer. I hope my brain isn’t all over the place as there’s still so much I want to cover. I hope everyone had a great first week of classes! Until next week, Hawks!

-Eric

New Year, Same Me

I’m having some trouble getting back into the hang of things at school. My body is in class, but my mind is working its way down from the sky. I got way too comfortable during winter break and my thoughts are scattered. I’m questioning my classes, my teachers and even those closest to me. I’m assuming it’s because of all those critical thinking skills I bianca1learned last semester. I’m not going to jump to conclusions because it was only the first week of school. I can’t help but to daydream in class and think of my best friends, Jessica Cruz and Celeste Luis and how much fun we had over the break. Sometimes I wish I wasn’t in school, but then they give me major kudos when I tell them what I am doing in school.

I understand nothing comes easy, but I know others my age who have full time jobs and can afford to live on their own. I’m at such an awkward place in my life because I’m between a teenager and an adult. I can make my own decisions in the eyes of the law, but whatever my mother says is what goes. I just have to relax my mind and body and do what I have to do. This will be a great year!

Since it was the first week of school, no assignments were due. What a blessing! I filled up my planner with all the information from each of my syllabus and I feel I can handle my classes very well. I’m so relieved I do not have to take any math classes for the rest of my college career, but who knows I might change my major again. I’m only taking 13 credit hours this semester and I have a sense of relief because I have proved to myself I can handle 16 credit hours. All my teachers seem nice, and I’m looking forward to see what information they can provide me.

Being a part of the Hawk Leadership Institute allows me to obtain leadership development hours and community service hours. So I attended the How Your Spirituality Can Impact Your Leadership Practice workshop this past Friday and it was out of my comfort zone. I enjoyed it, but I felt very nervous for some reason. It’s hard discussing your spirituality with strangers so I just sat back and listened for an hour and a half. The discussion was held by Gary Adams from the Counseling Services department and Chuck Crocker from the Career Services department. Others in the group were encouraged to share, but not everyone did. I had so many thoughts going through my mind when the conversation took place, but I couldn’t put them in words. I finally expressed my thoughts on my spirituality and it was such a release. Dr. Gary Adams even acknowledged my passion as I was speaking, and it made me feel so liberated. I still had so much to say, but then the workshop came to an end. As each day goes by, I get to know myself more and more.

More Leadership Workshops are held throughout the year so check one out if you are looking forward to finding your inner leader. Just be sure to register first!

-Bianca