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Still Have Butterflies

Welcome back, Hawks! I hope each and every one of you had a great holiday break. Semester breaks are like cheetahs – they go 60 miles an hour. I don’t want to go back to school. I love sleeping in late, having movie nights and not having to stress about schoolwork. Although I didn’t get to travel much, I still had a blast in Houston.

I’d like to start off with the highlight of everything. Being a UHCL Hawk Guide is the best choice I ever made. I met so many incoming students. I’m glad I welcomed them to UHCL. It was also great putting so much hard work into the job, and seeing others gain knowledge from it. During the freshman orientations, the OL’s performed a variety of skits. The first time around they were a little rough, but the second it was as solid as my grades were this past semester. And man, my grades were awesome.eric

The break gave me a chance to absorb all the knowledge I gained in the past semester. Passing a class in college is the best feeling I have ever felt. It’s like finding your true love kind of feeling. Which my true love is, of course, white chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies’ from Subway.

Even though I knew the classes were challenging, putting in the hard work paid off in the end. I was overwhelmed by how much was expected from me at the beginning of the semester, but I got used to it by the end of December. I had a new routine. Classes, homework/study, some sleep, and repeat; very different from my high school routine.

The main thing that shocked me was that in high school many of us took AP classes, and to be honest, they were nothing like college classes. That is what stunned me the most. Aside from reflecting on my past semester, I also started worrying about this coming semester. I know for a fact I will be able to handle it much better, but I still have that weird butterfly feeling in my stomach for some reason. I’m guessing it has to do with having new professors. I got so used to my old professors. I was barley getting to know them near the end.

Overall I’m really looking forward to this new year and new semester. I made a promise to myself that I would go to the Fitness Zone at least two times a week. So let’s hope I don’t let myself down. The orientation staff also had a social this past Monday, and I have to say it was amazing. We put in so much work and it was nice blowing off some steam before school started again. Everyone had a great time. Although I may not be all that good at mini golf, I’m a beast at laser tag. Well, I like to think I am. I rolled like ten times so that must mean I’m good.

Anyways, Hawks that does it for the first blog of the semester. I hope you all have a great first week of classes.

— Eric


My First Week at UHCL

Let me start off by saying my name is Bianca Salinas, and I am a part of UHCL’s inaugural freshman class. I was fortunate enough to be chosen as one of the freshmen bloggers to document my experience at UHCL. Not only will I blog my personal experiences at UHCL, but I will give you all information I believe will make your transition into college run much more smoothly.

I am a first-generation college student and I plan on earning my master’s degree in psychology. What do I want to do with my degree? Honestly, I have no clue as of this point. It’s almost crazy how we as teenagers are expected to come up with our life plan when we are still getting to know ourselves. Luckily, we have many great programs and people on our campus that are glad to help us decide.

I will be visiting our Career Services Center in SSCB 3109 very soon to get an idea of which route I would like to take to my path to success. If you aren’t exactly sure about which path you would like to take be sure to take a visit as well. The expenses are covered in our tuition fees, so don’t hesitate to use this resource.

Hawk Launch, August 23rd, 2014hawklaunchpaint

I had a great time at the Hawk Launch, and I enjoyed being around my fellow Hawks. Everyone had such a positive attitude, and it was great getting to know one another. I was on the Blue Team, we had on our blue capes and masks and we’re ready to win the Hawk Games. Unfortunately, the Green Team took the winning title, but it was okay, because it was all in fun and games. We were provided breakfast, lunch, and dinner, which was great news for me! We were offered a chance to listen and ask UHCL alumni questions. Everyone had the opportunity to take a personality quiz and break among four different groups and find the pros and cons of our personality traits. It was interesting talking to peers who had the same mindset as I did, and I learned more about myself this day. At the end of the day all teams emerged together and threw powdered paint at one another! I am extremely grateful to be a part of such an amazing community.

UHCL Welcome Back Bash

For all of you that came out to the #UHCLWBB know how exciting it was. My niece, Jocelyn, and I went by almost every booth to check out what my school had to offer. There were different games to play, prizes to win, and raffles to enter. There was even free Italian Ice! I also found out that we get FREE ADMISSION into the Armand Bayou Nature Center with proof of our student ID’s. So you all should definitely check that out. In case you all didn’t know we get Student Discounts.

College Tips to Academic Success

  • Go into each class with an open mind, remain POSITIVE

Even if you don’t like the course, just know there is a reason you have to take it.

  • Get a planner!

College can get hectic. Buying a planner will help you stay organized and on track.

  • Explore the campus, GET INVOLVED

Research shows students who get involved have a greater chance of being successful in classes.

  • Always be on time, don’t skip class unless absolutely necessary

Like I’ve learned from Hawk Leadership Institute (HLI), “Being early is to be on time, to be on time is to be late, and being late is UNACCEPTABLE.” If you are going to miss a day, be sure to talk to your professors about making up missed work prior to being absent.


Thank you all for reading. I will make this blog as interesting as possible. I’m looking forward to a great year. Hope you all had a great Labor Day weekend!