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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

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“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

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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!