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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

“You’re the only Hawkty I see”

Round two of midterms are coming up. I honestly am not worried at all because I think I have this whole college thing figured out. Well, at least for the meantime.

This past week was pretty negative. I had so many noodle days. These are days where I don’t feel like doing anything, which wasn’t so good because I had quite a bit of assignments due. Luckily I still managed to get them done on time. I felt like a superhero saving the day with a five-page essay.

I want to talk about procrastination this week. It is a skill, that if mastered correctly, will still not work in your favor. I should know. Sure laying in bed with nice cup of coffee sounds nice, but being productive on work is something better. Netflix and season five of Pretty Little Liars won’t get your essay done.

Some ways to avoid getting distracted from technology is simple. Turn it off! Although this may not be easy for some, it is the main thing that causes distractions. Once you finish a paragraph of your essay, reward yourself with checking one notification. If you’re the type of person that likes food, reward yourself with a snack instead. Learning to lessen the urge to procrastinate will help everyone in the long run. I honestly wish procrastination never existed.

ericAnother topic I would like to touch on this week is friends. Many of us are really comfortable with the people we hang out with. Socializing with new people and hanging out with them gives you a better perspective on the types of people at UHCL. There are so many people to meet and not everyone is the same. One of my New Year’s resolution goals was to meet over half of the entire school by the end of the year. I know this is probably a difficult goal, but, hey, we all have to set our standards high. Some really simple conversations starters are:

“Are you as stressed as I am?”

“Hi, I’m about to have a mental breakdown from school, what about you?” or the classic “Are you from UHCL because you’re the only Hawkty I see.”

Whether these work or not, at least you tried and they would see your effort and then maybe end up becoming best friends forever with you. These are just some simple ways to enjoy the college life.

That’s it for this week Hawks, and remember study and meet new friends. I challenge each one of you to make at least one new friend by the end of this week. Good luck!

-Eric