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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