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BA-BA-BA-BA-BA-NA-NA !

Week two of sophomore year done. I can’t even process what’s going on anymore because there’s just so much happening. During the summer all I had to do was sleep and eat. My mindset then was very different from where it is now. It was a good three months, not having to stress about homework or tests. But, I knew my fairy tale would soon end. Summer for me was pretty much focused around orientation and summer classes. Orientation would always be the highlight of my week. No matter what month we were in, a day at an orientation session would be the best feeling in the world. Speaking of orientation, UHCL had their second Hawk Launch event during the summer!

Hawk Launch is an event that creates bonds with other freshmen during a two-day event. It was loads of fun. I got to meet a big group of freshmen. Last year was when I first met some of my closest friends, Helen Nguyen and Nelly Tanori. Our one-year anniversary was Sunday, August 23. (That’s just a little fun fact for you.) It also shows how big of an impact Hawk Launch had on me and in regard to meeting new people.

11937466_943861629021240_985207277126350804_oMoving along, this was my second year representing the Yellow Team. Yellow Team 2.0 was amazing. This year was a bit different. For one, Hawk Launch was extended to two days. Second, we were unable to have some of the Hawk Games outside due to the heat wave that was blazing through Houston that day. This also led to the cancellation of the Color Fight. Although we weren’t able to go outside, we still had a blast indoors. We, of course, had to be quiet because there were still summer classes going on. There were the occasional slip-ups where I would yell “Banana!” too loud. Yes, our theme song was based around the Minions tune. It went as follows:

BA-BA-BA-BA-BA-NA-NA (x3)

POTATO- NA (x1)

GO YELLOW TEAM!!

Our team ended up getting second place, the same place as last year. Hope you all are having an amazing start to a great semester. Let’s keep up the good work and aim high, Hawks! Have a great week!

-Eric

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One step at a time

Getting steps closer to the end of the semester, all I can think about is next semester. I’m anxious to start school in the fall once again. There are many things I cannot wait for such as seeing where else I can get involved. One of the main things that I am most excited about is the incoming freshman class. I am really hoping this year there are more changes on campus. I want to see the atmosphere change with more and more young people attending the university. Change doesn’t happen over night, but I’m hoping it happens soon.

ericEven with the year ending, it won’t be the end of school for me because I registered for summer classes already. I know I won’t do much during the summer anyway, so this will give me something to do while getting college credit. I know there are still so many things I need to figure out about the college life, but for now I’m just going to take things one step at a time.

This past weekend was the Student Leadership Banquet held at the Houston Space Center. I have been looking forward to it for quite sometime, and needless to say it was worth every penny. I loved the exhibits that were open for us to see. NASA just looks cooler at night. It was great seeing everyone dress up and share his or her accomplishments with the university. As for me, I feel blessed and honored to have been awarded Emerging Leader of the Year. I thank everyone that was a part of this accomplishment. It means so much I have the award hanging in my room. This was the first of many more I hope to receive. By the end of my four years at UHCL, I’m hoping to have a whole wall dedicated to awards. As I sat in the auditorium and heard the names being called out, I felt like I was at the Grammys. I felt like a superstar when I heard my name called out. Like Taylor Swift walking down the isle to receive her Grammy. It truly was a memorable moment in my life.

That is all for this week, Hawks! Be sure to keep studying for finals!

-Eric

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

Aren’t Sacagawea and Pocahontas the same person?!

Hey there fellow Hawks! Glad to see you guys come back once again. This past week was probably the most stressful for me since I’ve been in college. Which is like three.

There were just so many things on my mind and there’s still so much on my mind. College is feeding my brain too much. I think my brain is going to have cholesterol with all the knowledge it’s getting.

Out of all my classes History 1301 is probably the hardest for me. I really don’t get what he’s talking about in there. And it’s U.S history. All my life I thought Sacagawea and Pocahontas were the same person. I was wrong. I think I’m going to head over to the Student Success Center one of these days to get tutoring in History.

My mom recently started calling me raccoon because “eye” have really bad dark circles from staying up to do homework. Not the best name to be called. I would’ve preferred “fatass” because I do eat a lot.

Last week I had mentioned that I was going to start a tennis club. Well, my co-president Amanda Woods and I started on the paperwork. It’s a lot of work hopefully, so we hope to get it done in time before the deadline. We are trying to do it during our breaks at school, but end up playing ping-pong instead. That is bad because procrastination gets you nowhere in life. And that’s a very bad habit I have with homework; I don’t do it until the day before it’s due.

During the weekend I do all my work on Sunday because I feel that I need at least one day off from school. Yet during that day off all I think about is doing my work and I stress about it which is not healthy. But how can I not stress about college? On the bright side, I found out we have like a month of vacation during the winter. My advising counselor, Mary Ramos, told me that. She was really helpful in giving me tips on how to achieve in classes. She is super nice and I’m really glad she is my advising coach. If you have question on advisor be sure to check them out in the Academic Advising room.

ericThis week there was also the Community Service Fair. I actually have to do community service for Learning Frameworks because it’s going to be my grade. Nonetheless, I don’t mind it at all. It’ll be an easy 100. I just hope that wherever we do decide to volunteer, isn’t too far.

In other news, this week was pretty chill not too many things happened besides the ones I just mentioned. I have a feeling that it’s because the university wants students to study and not get distracted, which is a pretty smart thing to do even though I love school events. I really just want this upcoming week to fly by because on Friday, hopefully fingers crossed, I’m going to be getting the iPhone 6. I’ll be waiting for the iPhone until about 3 a.m., so I’ll be really tired for Friday’s classes. It isn’t too bad, but I still won’t have much sleep.

Well, until next time fellow Hawkmates. Again don’t forget to leave a comment or suggestion. See you guys next week.

-Eric

Everything Will Be Just Fine, Don’t Give Up

Three weeks of school: complete. I’m finally starting to settle down. I’m remaining positive and grateful and things are slowly but surely falling into place. My planner has been a huge help. Every college student should think about investing in one. All my classes are going well, and I’ve learned one thing so far: I don’t have time to be tired. My mindset is unstoppable and I’m going to do everything that needs to be done when it’s time to be done. It’s been kind of difficult maintaining personal relationships with my old gang of friends, but we are all being patient. Once we are older and successful, we can just hang out and soak up each other’s awesomeness.

Everyone wants to be successful, but no one wants to put in the work. There’s one thing separating the successful from the unsuccessful, mindset. I don’t think we’ve truly recognized how powerful our brains are. To sit back and just take in everything is a miracle. The fact we are human and are so advanced than any other species on Earth is incredible. I like to view myself from a bird’s eye view. We are so small in this universe, it should make us think, “Do our problems really matter?” There’s so much out there. Let’s take advantage!

I’ve found it very helpful to study while listening to meditation music. I can focus much better. Just type in “Study Music” on YouTube and watch yourself get all of your work done. I also bought a desk from Walmart so I can have my own study setting at home. Don’t just do your work, learn from your work. I’ve done a few assignments so far and thought “What’s the point of this?”, but when I really look at it from the bigger picture I end up learning skills from the assignment and come to realizations within myself.

Tips for a fulfilling life

  • Keep a journal full of blessings

How grateful are you for the things you have? Even if you don’t have the best of the best, realize there’s always blessings surrounding you. Write down at least 10 blessings a day, whether on paper, a computer, your cell phone. If you don’t have time, find a quiet place and say

“I am truly grateful for (whatever/whoever your grateful for), because (why you are grateful). Thank you, thank you, and thank you.”

  • Your emotions are the fuel to your desires

When you say the magic words “Thank you”, don’t just say the words, feel those words. Really put your energy into the words. You might find yourself smiling or even wanting to tear up, because you come to the realization of how grateful you really are.

  • Always say “Thank You”

Say the magic words as much as you can for any reason. To your family and friends or the waitress that serves your food. People love to feel appreciated. Share the love as much as you can. Makes someone’s day.

  • Focus on what really matters

Sure, things can go wrong in your day to day life, but you know those bad moments are only temporary. It doesn’t matter what happens to you, it’s your response to it that impacts you. I’m here to tell you, you are the creator of your world.

This is my way of life. I’m so grateful for all the amazing opportunities that have arisen. I know that I will obtain every single thing I desire, because my heart and mind are in the right place. Thank you, thank you, and thank you.

biancaI was really grateful for the community service fair because it was an amazing opportunity to figure out what difference I want to make in the world. I took at least 20 flyers ranging from the Houston

Humane Society to the Houston Food Bank. This is why I love my school. It’s hard not to get involved. They make it too easy! Such a great community to be a part of. We all want to make a difference. Our energy combined together will make this university unstoppable. I’m leaning towards the Houston Humane Society, but I will try everything at least once. Still trying to figure out what my niche is in this world.

-Bianca

Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone

My First Day of College

I know this may sound funny, but when I was walking into the Bayou Building the first day I felt myself trying to hold back a tear. Not because I was scared or because I’m an emotional person, but because I realized today is the first day to the rest of my life.

My whole summer I was talking about how I can’t wait to be successful, but August 25 was the day where it was time to put all those words into action. Now or never I kept telling myself. “Are you ready to make this world your game? There aren’t second chances. It’s time to get it!” I had no problem finding my classes, because I made sure I knew where they all were the week prior.

When I walked in to my first Learning Frameworks class at 8 a.m, Robin Aleman greeted me, the most energetic and positive person I’ve met so far at UHCL. I never expect people to remember my name, but she knew who I was and that made me feel grateful, because I knew exactly who she was. I’m not exactly sure of all the names of the four individuals that came in the class that morning to greet us, but I do remember Dr. Darlene Biggers. They began to express how excited they were to have us freshman on campus and emphasized the fact we were the first freshman class taking the first class of the year. It made me smile that they took time out of their days to tell us hello. They didn’t have to do that, but they did. I was grateful for that.

Hawk Leadership Institute

During orientation in June I heard of an amazing opportunity to join HLI and commit to at least a year of Leadership Exploration. I applied and was interviewed by Jeremy Mejia and two weeks later I was glad to know I had been abiancaccepted into the program. There are 17 freshmen in this group and we all have the same goal. The goal to be successful leaders and let our voice be heard. With this program we will find out our leadership styles and our success coaches will help mold us into the true leaders we are. I am so excited to be a part of this program. On Saturday, August 30, I attended the HLI Leadership Retreat and it was very informative. We discussed which traits we believe a true leader has and put our imagination to work when we looked into our future and wrote down what kind of leaders we will be and the risks that come along with it. My favorite part of the day was when we had to write our top three values on note cards, list why those were our values, then shared our values with the whole group. My top three values were Empathy, Growth, and Spirituality.

College Tips to Success

  • Find a study environment.

Coffee shops, libraries, or outside by the beautiful nature that surrounds our campus. Find which environment is most suitable. The amount of time you put in class is the amount of time you should put in outside of class, this is sad but TRUE!

  • Use Your Resources!

In case you didn’t know we have a Writing Center….

http://www.uhcl.edu/portal/page/portal/WC

And a Math Center….

http://prtl.uhcl.edu/portal/page/portal/MAT/Home ,

Utilize your resources. We all pay for them in our tuition fees!

  • NETWORK! NETWORK! NETWORK!
    College is the time to interact and step out of your comfort zone. Build friendships with peers, professors, and staff. Sometimes it’s not about what you know, but about WHO you know.
  • Prioritize

List what needs to be done and get it done. Then list what assignments you can hold off for another day, but be sure to complete them in a timely manner.

–Bianca

Tennis Club, Anyone?

Hey there fellow Hawks. Alright, so let’s dive right in. The main highlight of the week was the School House Rock Dance, sponsored by the Intercultural Student Services. The dance was a blast and I had so much fun watching all the cultures come together on the dance floor with the live band. I loved all the songs they played even though I wasn’t born in the 50’s, which is what I think they were playing.eric

I love going to events like The School House Rock Dance, because they help take my mind of all the readings and homework I have to do. All the stress I build up during the week I let loose at school events. Hopefully there’s at least one every week of the year. I’m going to need it. This week I also went to the Student Life Lounge to play a quick game of ping-pong with freshman, Amanda Woods. That game was so intense. Balls were flying everywhere. I’m pretty sure the people there were annoyed with our competitiveness. I suck at ping pong but it’s the only thing that’s as close to tennis at UHCL. This got me thinking afterwards that I should organize a tennis club. Who knew UHCL had tennis courts, because I didn’t until a couple days ago. I’ll let you guys know how that goes next week. I feel like now that UHCL is a four-year institution, we should start having some sports clubs at least. Maybe in the future they’ll turn in actual teams.

The Student Org Expo was another event that was going on during school this past week. There was so many organizations involving different cultures and so much diversity. “The university does an excellent job of allowing people to be comfortable with who they are and their unique nationality,” said Helen Nguyen, a fellow freshman.

I love being part opingpongf a university that embraces everyone’s culture. At the expo I also signed up to become a volunteer leader. I really want to be involved in the university. I went to most of the booths at the expo. They really know how to lure in people with all the treats and items they hand out. Hopefully next year there will be a tennis club, and I will be the founder. As a freshman, I have so many questions, but I don’t always ask because I feel that the question is too stupid. I’m starting to learn that if you have a question, ask it before something goes wrong. I’m not very good at math, so whenever I have a question I go to the Math Center. They’re very resourceful and help with any questions you may have. Has anyone else been feeling stressed? Well that’s college for you. I feel like when I graduate from UHCL I’m going to have a full head of gray hairs and a fat belly. Because when I study all I do is eat! Eat! Eat! Anyone else like that? I did try to burn some fat at the gym which I finally had a chance to go to. One of my fellow Hawkmates Samantha Ali (which is also a freshman) showed me where to sign up to use the gym. I was not expecting her to be a super human. She can lift, bro. She’s got super strength. I know who I’m calling for back up whenever I need it. I’ll be calling Super Sam. The Fitness Zone is a fun place to burn carbs (that way you can eat more). I was very sore the next day after going but it motivates me to get that body all the ladies want a man to have. This wraps up my second blog and I’ll see you next week again feel free to leave comments or suggestions.

 

–Eric