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You have to play the hand you are dealt

I am so stressed. Every time I run my fingers through my hair more and more continues to fall out. I guess it is okay since I have hair as thick as the Earth’s mantle. I have around a month left of school with so many major assignments due. I think I am going to cry.

Two speeches and two exams, two astronomy exams, two major papers in writing, two tests and a ten-minute presentation for Introduction to mass communication all in a month. Lately, I have been procrastinating and now I get overwhelmed with just the thought of my upcoming assignments. I told myself at the beginning of the year I would never procrastinate, but that is what college does to you. It knocks you down to your knees and now I just have to get right back up and do what I have to do.

I keep telling myself, “just one more month.” I have been through the majority of the school year being a first generation college student, and I have done really well. My planner is still my life and the only thing keeping me sane.

*Takes deep breathe* Just one more month.

On the other hand, I have some really exciting things coming up. For the Hawk Leadership Institute, I have a presentation coming up that will reflect all the aspects of leadership I have learned. I can present it in any form I like, and I am glad I have the chance to tell my peers everything I have learned and what I am going to do next. I will also be attending the Annual Student Leadership Banquet to receive an award for my achievements in HLI. How exciting! My mother Yolanda Gonzalez and my better half, Ibrahim Bouras will be by my side while I receive it and that is the most exciting part for me. They get to see how hard I have worked, and I know how proud both of them are of me. I want to let them know that my accomplishments are not just for me, but for them and my family as well.

At this rate, I will definitely be inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success. I heard the majority of the officers will be graduating this semester so I will certainly apply for an officer position. I was very involved this school year, but I am going to go above and beyond next year. The majority of the school will either know me or know of me. I am going to grab the bull by the horns. I am going to make a difference here on campus, I promise.

This week, I will begin my first Orientation Leader workshop and I am so excited to learn things I did not know. I will let you all know how that goes.

bianca1So, I was fostering a puppy from the League City Animal Shelter, and I am so eager to announce that I found Leana a home. The best part? My friend Melody Ayala adopted her, so I still get to visit. She goes by the name of Sandy now and even has another dog to play with. I feel great knowing I was able tobianca2 find her a new home with a loving owner. She was such a sweet dog, and I actually kind of miss her. I was so close to adopting her myself, but once my friend Melody told me she was interested and she had another dog I was over the moon. It was like a win-win for everyone. I hope Melody and Sandy are enjoying each other’s company. 🙂

-Bianca

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Baby, come back! You can blame it all on me!

I cannot believe how fast Spring break went. If only school weeks could go by just as fast. As I update my planner, I notice how fast these last weeks of school will go. Essays, discussions, assessments, and quizzes all due one after another and I have no choice but to get it done.

The Hawk Leadership Institute (HLI) has been a safety net for me. My success coaches: Julie Brenengen, Jayme Tiemann, Robin Aleman and Jennifer Clark have all encouraged and supported my peers and myself to do better in school and in life. Robin and Julie refer to us as their “babies,” and in a way it comforts me because it gives me room to make mistakes. It allows me remain a teenager in an adult world. Being in this organization has helped me grow as a person and as a leader of my community. Being alongside others who have the same mindset as me is such a relief. We all took a step in the right direction when we decided to apply for HLI and are all growing, together. As I grow, I become more adamant that I need to make a difference in this world and it is happening slowly but surely.

I had an interview with Sara Khalifa, coordinator for orientation and new student programs, to become an orientation leader for the next school year and I really hope I earned the position. I will find out on Monday, March 22 in the SSCB lobby. No pressure or anything, but I will be disappointed if I don’t get it. I love this university and I want the chance to get others just as excited as I was when I began my college career. If it’s meant to be then it will. Fingers crossed.

biancaDuring my break, I attended a Foster Orientation workshop at the League City Animal Shelter in hopes of fostering a dog until I could find it a home. I have been taking care of Leana for four days and I think I am falling in love. She is mixed with chihuahua, but I have never met one that was so calm. She is only a puppy, but knows she is supposed to urinate on the puppy pads. I was so impressed! That almost never happens. She loves to cuddle, but listens when you tell her she cannot sleep on the bed. She is pretty obedient and has no problem with sleeping inside of her kennel. She enjoys comfort so her future owner has to make sure she has a blanket in her kennel. Hopefully, I can find her a great home.

During the school year, I had been invited to the President’s Cabinets Breakfast and Dinner and recently I received an invitation to the 2015 Report to the Community Breakfast this Thursday, March 26. I am not as nervous as I once was. During the breakfast, I will have the opportunity to mingle with community leaders, donors, partners and university administration. 🙂

I find it absolutely amazing how much I have changed in the duration of one year. I did the bare minimum in high school and my achievement list has grown more in this time frame of being a freshman than in my entire life. The University of Houston – Clear Lake has given me so many opportunities to reach my goals of success and I am so grateful that I decided to become a hawk. The possibilities are endless.

-Bianca