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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

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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

Before Success comes Stress

Whew, what a productive week. Just two more weeks and spring break is here. You have no idea how excited I am to do absolutely nothing! It’s going to be so great. As we all know, midterms are coming up and I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I am mentally prepared to handle this again. I’m hesitant to visit the Counseling Services Center because I’m not one to talk about my feelings. But I know they will be willing to listen even if I’m just stressed out about school. I really need to make an appointment to use the biofeedback machine they have. My mind has been everywhere lately, and it’s starting to affect my school work.

Science classes have not been my strong suit since my freshman year of high school, and I get so frustrated when I don’t understand what is happening in astronomy. I received a 68 on my first exam, and it really brought down my confidence. Technically, I didn’t fail, but in my mind I did. I just have to study harder next time. I’m not sure if there is any tutoring for astronomy, but I really hope there is. It’s an interesting subject, I just need to put forth more effort and maybe form a study group.

biancaI’ve been so stressed lately, I haven’t put much effort into applying my makeup or wearing jeans. This past week, I stayed at school for more than five hours each day, and I would constantly have negative thoughts on my mind. This isn’t like me, and I really don’t like being a “negative Nancy.” I was totally overwhelmed, and I only had myself to blame. I decided to put my life into perspective and started counting off my blessings. I walked along the Nature Trail and zoned everything out. I set my phone on silent, listened to meditation music, sat down and started taking the deepest breaths I could. It will all be worth it in the long run, Bianca. I have a great support system at UHCL, and I know it’s up to me to ask for help. I should really make an appointment with our school’s chiropractor so I can relieve my body’s stress. Woo sahh.

Events happening @ UHCL:

  • Texas State Teacher’s Association Bake Sale on March 3 from 11 – 4 p.m. in the SSCB
  • From Wonder Woman to Ms. Thor: Feminism in Comic Books on March 3 at 3 p.m. in the Garden Room
  • My Life Sucks Workshop Series: Calming the Crisis on March 4 at 5:30 p.m. in the Counseling Services Office 3.103
  • Campus Recreation: 3 vs. 3 Basketball session on March 5 at 2 p.m. at the Delta Basketball Courts. Must have UHCL ID to participate. Be sure to register online.
  • Day of Service on March 7. Time depends on the project you decide to participate in. You must register online!

-Bianca

The amazing Hawk life

Hey there, Hawks! The semester is almost over, so hang in there. We’re about to go head-to-head with midterms. Be sure to train hard and knock them out. Show them who’s boss. That means I’m going to be studying hard and taking breaks often because I don’t want to fry my brain.

eric 1Speaking of my brain being fried, that’s exactly what happened when the lunar eclipse happened this past week. I stayed up all night to go see the eclipse 3 a.m. at UHCL. The Astronomy Club hosted this little get together for the students. They had telescopes and other equipment specialized for stargazing. It was a remarkable sight to go see, and I don’t regret the early hours at all. The university looks so empty at night; I kind of like how it looked. So many deer come out at this time, it’s amazing. I got to learn more about the Astronomy Club and about the universe in general.

This past week the university was giving out free froyo (frozen yogurt). It was a eric 2great way to get my mind of all the assignments I have due, and everything that is going on with academics. I learned some great ways to stop procrastination, which I’m procrastinating on trying. The flavors were to die for. I chose paradise punch and I sure did make the right choice because it was great. Frozen yogurt is a healthy snack until you put all the chocolate and candy on it like I did.

This past week was also National Coming Out Day. I got to paint my hand and place it on a wall. Sounds simplistic, but it was a lot of fun. The Unity Club did a great job of organizing this amazing event. I got to hear so many brave people share their coming-out stories. That takes a lot of guts. The cookies were amazing, especially the oatmeal ones. I’ve been going to the gym a lot more now (I’ve gone for 2 days), which is a lot for me. Sure, I go for like 15 minutes and then leave, but those are the most vigorous 15 minutes of my life. The gym helps me take my mind off school, which is what I need because if I don’t take breaks, I’ll have a breakout and go on a rampage one day.

The stress levels college students experience is intense; I’ve never been so stressed, but on the bright side I have an interview Thursday to see If I become an orientation leader. Hopefully, I get accepted. I really want to help other people through all the questions I had when I started school here. I’ll be sure to let them know that there are no PowerPoints in history class. UHCL is full of so many great opportunities. I’m glad I’m a Hawk!

What’s been your favorite part of being a Hawk? Let me know, I’ll be sure to reply to all of them.

-Eric

What is life?

bianca 1Coming up on the eighth week of school. Halfway done. I’ve been working really hard in all my classes. Studying is an everyday thing for me. It comes effortlessly to me, because I know it will all be worth it in the end. I’m constantly taking deep breaths and prioritizing my assignments. I had a psychology exam last Thursday, and my friends wanted to hang out with me the day before. I knew I had to study, but I ended up hanging with my friends anyway. The next morning I woke up at 5:30 a.m., dragged myself to school, and began working on my review. Dunkin’ Donuts coffee has been my life! Honestly, I don’t think I passed with flying colors, but I know I passed. I keep checking Blackboard in hopes of seeing my grade. Wish me luck!

bianca 2Should I volunteer for children, the elderly, animals, or the environment? Well, I took a step forward by requesting to volunteer at several different locations. The world is so big. I ask myself everyday, “What do you want to be remembered for?” I don’t want to just live. I want to spread positive energy. Some people are positive by nature, but those who aren’t feel victimized in their lives. I want to reach out to those people and let them know our futures are created— not predicted. I love to feel my place on earth. Really grasp the fact that I am a physical being on this planet and embracing the fact I am a spiritual being all at the same time. It makes me feel so small, but I know I am connected to the universe by unseen energy. Everyone needs faith in their life to keep pushing forward and accomplish things we never thought we could. My spirituality influences me in every way, every day.

In my WRIT 1301 class, I am the forum moderator for the week and I brought up the point that our education system and media has impacted our knowledge for other countries. I don’t believe all Americans are ignorant, but I’ve seen firsthand that a lot of us are. Personally, I can say I don’t know much about other countries’ cultures. Does that make me ignorant? Yes, but I realized that America has shaped my way of thinking. One issue that has come up more than once in the last couple of weeks is our education system, specifically the Texas Education system. Americans and international students have realized that our history textbooks are extremely biased and steps are being put into place to better our education system. On a radio discussion of NPR (20 min. in), Houston Matters and associate professor Raul Ramos commented on the bias in our social study textbooks. All we learned is what we know. At times, information is often exaggerated or details are being left out, which leaves us oblivious to the bigger picture. This is disabling us to gain different perspectives. The more people know about the world, the better they can prevent previous mistakes and change the world.

Good luck on your midterm’s freshmen!

-Bianca