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I Heart UHCL and Doggies

Howdy, Hawks! I hope your week’s been sensational. I Heart UHCL Day last Wednesday, Oct. 14, offered lots of cool games and the chance to get an I Heart UHCL shirt in Atrium II. I hope you went out and showed your school spirit! I’ve already got that blue/green hair thing going on, so I suppose that counts, right?

Lots of non-I Heart UHCL Day events were also taking place. For example, on Friday I got the opportunity to participate in SLICE’s “Dealing with Difficult People” workshop. That was both fun and interesting.

I took a couple of midterms this week and have a few more to go, but I would say that I’ve got it under control…as of now. I studied my behind off for a month preparing for my Biology exam, which I think really paid off. Unfortunately, I think I focused way too much on that particular midterm and totally forgot about my college algebra test. Whoops. All was well though, because that class hasn’t given me much difficulty.

blog                  I also hope you guys made it out to the Study Paws event in the library to de-stress and pet some insanely cute doggies. They were the sweetest, cutest, softest pups ever! If you couldn’t make it, though, don’t worry. They’ll be back during finals to prevent us from having mental breakdowns over our exams. Doggies really are angels sent from heaven.

                  Speaking of doggies, of course, this weekend I completed my training with the Citizens for Animal Protection (CAP) animal shelter. I got to walk several dogs, learned how to properly put a harness on them, cleaned a visiting room, played with cats, etc. Now, I can officially walk in whenever I want and do whatever volunteer job I fancy doing that day. The activities include: walking dogs, helping customers, feeding animals, socializing cats and doing general clean-up of the facility.

Well, that’s about it for this week Hawks! Keep studying for those midterms!

-Natalia

Time For A Study Break

Welcome back to another week of school, Hawks! I hope everyone is surviving midterms. This past week was full of midterms, I Heart UHCL and field day!

This past week was the beginning of midterms for me. The long awaited nightmare was finally here. I had promised myself I would start days in advance to study for midterms, but as a master at procrastination I was unsuccessful. Quick college tip: try not to procrastinate on studying right before the exam. Cramming makes my brain hurt. Although I’m decent at cramming, it’s not always successful and won’t be a good habit for the future.

kickI had to ease my mind somehow this week, and man was I glad we had the recess and kickball event Oct. 13. During the recess we competed in games like egg toss, relay races, tug-of-war and soccer shootouts. I felt like I was back in my elementary class field day. It was probably one of my favorite events I have attended this semester. Blue Team won. Although I was on Green Team I still had a lot of fun. It wasn’t long after the recess ended that the Student vs Faculty Kickball started. I, of course, was expecting the students to win, mainly because we are younger. Man, was I wrong. UHCL professors are really fit. They can run, kick and catch. You might think they are robots.

UHCL had a lot going on this past week. I Heart UHCL Day was amazing sight to see. It was such a great way to take a break from midterm season. I volunteered for The Wingspan booth during the evening, and I was so glad to see so many students involved in the event. There were so many more great events, but sadly I was not able to attend all of them this year. There’s always next year!

Well, that’s it for this week. Hope you all survive midterm season. Study hard and don’t forget to take breaks in between or else you might fry up your brain.

-Eric

X marks the spot

The finish line is almost near, Hawks. Don’t give up! I’m trying really hard not to procrastinate. Procrastination is my worst enemy! It knows how to tempt me.

I found that when I take breaks, I tend to procrastinate less. College has so many secrets; it’s like a treasure map. To be successful I have to get to the X. Speaking of pirate terms, I Heart UHCL day was this past Wednesday. There was this pirate booth with a treasure chest. To win I had to stick my hand in this type of wet great sand and pull out an eraser. Ironically, the prize I won was an eraser, a donut eraser to be exact. Donut erasers weren’t the only treats at the UHCL Fair. There was a lot of candy and cupcakes. I got a stomachache, and I hardly get those. My tummy hurt, and I hated it because I couldn’t fit any more food in my body. I wish I were born with two stomachs.

eric1There wasn’t just food at the fair. There were tons of activities like the #signalselfiescavengerhunt. Man, that was so much fun. Freshman Nelly Tanori and I had to go around campus and find the spots on the list. At every location, we had to take a selfie and then upload it to Instagram or Twitter. We really wanted those shirts.

The hardest location to find was “Hope on campus.” We literally went around campus three times. Hope bench is really hidden. We went around asking everyone on campus if they knew where the Hope bench was located. Every one we asked said they had no idea. It wasn’t until we chased a squirrel that we found the bench. No lie. It’s like the squirrel knew what we wanted to find.

Before I had a chance to explore the booths, I had to go help out at the Hawk Futbol Club. The booth consisted of two activities. The participant could either choose to kick the ball into a mini soccer goal, or knock down cans with a soccer ball. Many people didn’t know about the club. I feel as if this got the word out a bit more. UHCL had so many more activities going on such as recess and breakfast for dinner. I was going to go play in the kickball game, but I couldn’t because I didn’t have shorts on.

The semester is getting closer and closer to being over. It’s crazy. Soon it’ll be finals, and I bet that’s going to mean hardcore studying for me. Little by little I’m getting the skills to do well in classes. Hopefully by next semester I won’t freak out as much because I’ll know what’s going on. This past week I also had my orientation leader interview. I gave it my best shot, so hopefully it’s enough. All I can do now is wait. I hate waiting. By Wednesday the Student Life will tell me if I made the cut. Let me know how you guys experienced I Heart UHCL week in the comments below. Until next week!

-Eric

I ♥ UHCL !

So I’ve been coming to many realizations within myself, and I’ve decided to switch majors from psychology to communications. I already filled out the paper work, and I believe this major is more suitable for me. I have a great feeling about this. I have an appointment with Career Services on Oct. 22, and I’m really looking forward to it. As a future leader, I can admit my weakness is communication. I’m on the right track, but I need to work on being more social among my peers. I have a lot to say, I just have to figure out how to put it in words. I know UHCL will give me all the tools I need to succeed.

bianca1 copy I’m proud to say I volunteered this week at the Environmental Institute of Houston on campus. On Oct. 14 and 15, my friend Makenzie and I dedicated a few hours of our time to help out. Wendy Reistle and Sheila Brown were kind enough to let us volunteer and told us the people who tend to volunteer are older, retired individuals. I was glad I could help, they have a lot of work that needs to be done. We weeded and trimmed the trees and plants. We instantly saw results. I was grateful the EIH staff was thankful to have us, and they reminded us constantly how much we were appreciated. If any of you want to volunteer, go ahead and visit the office There’s plenty to do!

bianca2In celebration of Spirit Week, I volunteered to be part of UHCL’s Beautification Project. We planted over 500 plants, and the staff was extremely grateful. It was great being a part of something bigger than myself. It gave me a sense of purpose. I’m looking forward to volunteering more often. It was only for an hour and a half, but we got so much done in a short amount of time. I was glad to have fellow freshmen out there as well. Be sure to check out our new flowerbeds at the Bayou Building entrance by the visitor’s parking lot.

Photo by: Student Life Office

Every time I meet with my Success Group for the Hawk Leadership Institute, I feel I’ve come one step closer to my goals. My success coach, Jayme Tiemann, is a great mentor whether she realizes it or not. I love her energy, and I can easily carry on a conversation with her. I know I can learn a lot from her. Jennifer Clark, assistant director of Student Life, joined our meeting today with hopes of staying connected to the HLI members. I appreciate Jenn because you can sense how much she wants us to grow, and she’s made it her responsibility to create future leaders. I can look up to Jenn because that’s exactly what I want to do. I love being around people who care and want to make a change. I love UHCL!

-Bianca