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Whoa, that’s a ton of rice, literally!

I feel like I am dragging my feet across the finish line, but only to find out I made it through the midway mark. There are still nine more weeks of school including this week, and you all have no idea how much I deserve this spring break or how much any of us college students deserve this break for that matter.

College isn’t just about learning. It’s about pushing your brain past the limit. It’s a competition for students everywhere. Who can learn the most and apply it to the real world? Who can obtain a college degree within four years? Who can maintain a high GPA without being mentally exhausted? I believe every teacher thinks we only have one priority and that is his or her class. There are so many deadlines and unanswered questions. How does everyone around me look so calm? Am I the only one getting overwhelmed here? I don’t like to procrastinate, but lately I have been because I don’t want to work. I wish I could go one day without doing homework, but this is college. Only the tough survive.

This past week I had an interview for an orientation leader position for next school year, and I feel pretty confident that I earned the position. So fingers crossed. I know I would be a great addition to the team.

biancaOne of the reasons I love UHCL is because there are many servant leaders. This past Saturday was UHCL’s Day of Service. Different student organizations volunteer at various places to give back to the community and learn something valuable in the process: selflessness. My peers from the Hawk Leadership Institute and I volunteered at the Galveston Country Food Bank and I had such a great time.

All we had to do was package 2,000 pounds of uncooked rice, but it was a critical task for the food bank. Jeff Gordon, business operations manager, was thankful for our time and let us know that the packaged rice was going to be distributed to those in hunger. It was just a simple task, but it couldn’t have been done quickly and efficiently without us volunteering our time.

I was having a great time working with my peers, and I believe it brought us closer together. When I first looked at the ton of rice, I was thinking if it was even possible to get it packaged in four hours. We broke up into teams and started an assembly line. We had people pouring the rice into smaller containers, people scooping up the rice and pouring into plastic bags while someone else was holding that bag, they then zipped it and passed it along to place the finished containers in recycled boxes for distribution. We were on a roll, and we all enjoyed seeing the ton of rice getting smaller and smaller.


Each box contained 40lbs of uncooked rice

It really helped put things in perspective for us. I’m so grateful I am fortunate enough to have three meals a day. I may not be able to donate money, but I can always volunteer my time. What is life if you aren’t giving back?


Excited to Learn More

It hasn’t even been a full year since I have graduated. Second semester of my freshman year and I am not afraid or nervous this time around. I feel prepared and even excited to learn something new. I left 2014 with a 3.375 GPA and I know at this point I can only get better. The year of 2014 was onebianca1 of the best years of my life, my eighteenth year of living. Transitioning from high school to college was such an eye opener and I know my journey is still in its infancy.

Coming into 2015 really affected me because I know as time goes by I stray further and further away from my parents. Is anyone ever really prepared to branch out on their own? Spending time with my family becomes more important to me as they get older. My sister Amber, my niece Jocelyn, my grandmother and my mother are the most beautiful women in my life and everything I am doing now is mainly for them. Four generations in one picture.

Over the break, I had a birthday. I am now nineteen years old and I do feel different. I know Ibianca2 am still very young, but I cherish my years and it sort of hurt me to know I was no longer eighteen. I spent the day with the ones closest to me and I wouldn’t have changed it for the world. As we enter a new year, I also entered into another phase within my personal life. My partner, Ibrahim, finally met my family and it was such a wonderful feeling to have all my loved ones together. I’m so excited to see what this year has in store.

I went on a road trip to Austin, Texas with a couple of friends just because I could. We visited the state capital, walked through all of downtown and visited local landmarks. It was very interesting visiting another city and meeting new people. One of my new year’s resolution is to travel more. It’s only right to start off with the major cities in Texas. I’m thinking San Antonio for my next road trip. I have visited San Antonio, but never without my mother so that is definitely something to look forward to!bianca4

I hung out with my peers of the Hawk Leadership Institute during a retreat at Armand Bayou. We spent the whole day together and I felt closer to them by the time we departed ways. I feel comforted to know that our group will spend more quality time together, and we were all on the same page when we realized we all wanted to reach out to our community. We all have the same mindsets, and there is no stopping us from making a difference.



My year has been off to a great start, and I feel at ease knowing I am only taking thirteen credit hours this semester. I’ve learned from my mistakes, and my organizational skills will be in full affect so I do not ever fall behind. I wish all of my fellow hawks a great year and much success!

— 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….


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!

    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.