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I am working so hard

Twelve weeks into the semester and I could not be more relieved. I have so many major assignments due, but I am taking it day and day and the weight is slowly being lifted off my shoulders. I have an Orientation Leader Retreat this weekend, the 37th Annual Student Leadership Banquet next week, and then finals. I am so devastated the chili cook-off was rescheduled, because now I will not be able to attend since I have a retreat to go to. You all have no idea how excited I was to try 28 different chilies.

biancaI wish I was great at science and at math, but it is not my cup of tea. This past week I had an Astronomy exam and I totally forgot until the night before and immediately started to study. I was not looking forward to the exam since last time I received a 68 after actually trying. This time I earned a 79, which was surprisingly one of the highest in the class. Maybe the sciences are my cup of tea. Hmmm. Maybe not.

I have finally finished all my requirements for the National Society of Leadership and Success, so I will be inducted May 2nd. How exciting! This is truly meaningful for me, because not only will it look great on my resume it has also helped mold me into the person I am today. I have also completed all my requirements for the Hawk Leadership Institute and will be accepting an award at the Student Leadership Banquet. This award means a great deal to me, because I have not won an award since elementary school. I am actually being recognized for my efforts and it feels so great. I just found out I have been nominated for a new category named “Emerging Leader of the Year”. Some people actually took the time to think of me and nominate me for this award. I am so grateful to have my accomplishments be known, it is such a warm feeling. 🙂

Everything in school is handy and dandy, but life outside of bianca2school is starting to affect me. I see other people my age who have full time jobs, have their own car, own apartment, and their own money. I can’t work more than twenty hours without having a mental breakdown and it is frustrating because I want my own things. I am moving out of my mother’s house and into my own apartment with my cousin, Robert and I am pretty excited. But there are some downfalls. I was not able to receive any financial aid for the summer so now I have to pay $1158 for a class and a lab. It’s absolutely crazy how much fees come along with a semester term. The classes alone are $600 and now I have to worry about paying that off, because I really do not want to fall behind and need to graduate in four years. But if I am living on my own, that means I have to work more. Reality is setting in and all I can do is continue to work hard and save as much money as possible. Hopefully this all works out.

-Bianca

One thing off my bucket list

Hello again, Hawks! This past week I heard some devastating news: the Chili Cook-off was postponed for April 18. All orientation leaders will be on a retreat, which means we won’t be able to join the fun. Sad day, USA; the show must go on without us. Even though we had most of our things planned out, we decided to use them next year. It’s not like we won’t be having fun at the retreat. Orientation leaders are going to have a blast. We’ll be doing some activities such as team builders and training all the way to capture the flag. I have never been camping in my life, so I will finally be able to check it off my bucket list. One of the things I’m most excited about for the retreat is making s’mores. Yum! S’mores made in the microwave are legit, but I want the real stuff. I’m already counting down the days. I’m not fond of mosquitoes, so let’s hope there are none or else we’re going to have a problem.

ericAnyone else pumped for be student banquet? I know I am. I’m like a girl during prom season trying to figure out what to wear. I don’t want to go too formal, but I also do not want to go underdressed. I mean if it’s being held at NASA I’m pretty sure it’s a formal event. I’m going to play it safe and go formal but not too formal. I don’t want to dress like I’m going to prom either. This banquet sounds like it’s the Grammy’s but for student leaders.

The month of April is packed with fun-filled events. It is literally like speed racer on a racetrack. The more stuff there is the faster the month goes. As soon as the race is over, we just have one more week left and that’s for finals. I am really pumped to almost have the chance to be a sophomore. When someone asks me in the hall, ” Hey are you a freshman?” I will reply by saying ” Freshman? *Phft sound* no I’m a *takes off sunglasses* sophomore.”

I am hoping that next year the campus will be more interactive. I know we are taking baby steps, but I want to get to the point where we have students studying in the grass or playing Frisbee during breaks. Seeing a lot of people leave school after they’re done with classes is just so sad.

Well that’s it, Hawks. Have a great week!

-Eric

I’m no Shakira, but I try my hardest

Happy spring break, Hawks! We all deserve a break after mid-term catastrophe. I had the worst mid-term freak out ever — assignment after assignment — it was like a never-ending pile of essays. I don’t know how I managed to survive the battle. As I have stated before, breaks go by so fast. They never last. It’s like I do something to chase them away.

During the break, I still went to school for half of the week. Not for classes or anything, but for Hawk Guide meeting because preparing for Chili Cook Off is serious business. There is so much to do. I also noticed we don’t have too much time before the event arrives. I’m sure the Orientation and New Student Programs office will come out on top. One can only hope so.

ericWe also had to go to Sam’s Club with Sara Khalifa during the break for snacks to take on our retreat. Spending money on food is my specialty so I’m glad I was of value. Not only was I at school for meetings and shopping, there was also dance practice for the Cultural Extravaganza coming up this Saturday. Who knew I could dance? Well, I sort of can. I’m no Shakira, but I try my hardest. Learning dance moves that you thought you already knew is very confusing. It just makes it a bigger challenge. I know that our team will do great out there. We practice a lot and even though I can’t make it to all the rehearsals I still manage to keep up to date on the routine. I haven’t just learned to dance, but I realized that managing time is essential to work as a team. I hope all you Hawks can come and cheer us on. I don’t want to say too much because then it will ruin the performance.

We are halfway through the semester, let’s pull through and finish what we started. It is still so shocking how I’m almost done with my first year as a freshman at UHCL. It is mind blowing. Nonetheless we can do it Hawks! We must have determination. The end is near! That is all for this week, Hawks. I hope you all had a great spring break and keep up the studying. Good luck Hawks!

-Eric